30, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft silently slipped through the outermost rings
of Saturn and entered into orbit. By the next morning, Cassini began transmitting
strikingly elegant close-up images of Saturns rings. In a few more days,
scientists received images of Saturns largest moon, Titan. Achieving orbit
around the second largest planet in the solar system and transmitting images
back to Earth is the culmination of a $3.3 billion, seven-year mission jointly
run by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
Cassini captured this natural color image of Saturn's rings nine days away from entering into orbit around the planet. Image courtesy of NASA.
Visit the Web Extra ("Sliding into Saturn," first published July 2, 2004) for more information.
"Sliding into Saturn," Geotimes Web Extra, July 2, 2004
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