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Cassini's Deep Diving

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, May 7, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, space science, art and design, adventure

              

                                            Saturn's Cloudtops in Infrared (credit: Cassini, JPL/NASA)

The Cassini space probe is running its 'last laps' around Saturn by diving deep between the rings and the planet's swirling cloudtops. It will make a total of 22 dips between Saturn's rings in a 'grand finale' in its voyage of exploration to the gas giant. A video of the first crossing was released by JPL along with stunning photography, some captured using infrared (IR) wavelenghts. The latest images show Saturn to be almost as colorful and wild as an impressionist, watercolor painting by Monet. The next 20 dips will likely produce many more amazing images before Cassini plunges into the atmosphere and completes its super-successful 20-year mission.

                   Saturn's Swirling Cloudtops (credit: Cassini, JPL/NASA)

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