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The research signals the start of the next era of Cassini science, said NASA's Ames Research Center's Jeff Cuzzi, who's been studying Saturn's rings since the 1970s and is the interdisciplinary scientist for rings on the Cassini mission.
Now new data have been released which gives light to new information about Saturn's rings. These data were gathered when Cassini dove its closest to the giant planet during its last mission year.
This NASA image released March 28, 2019, shows how during super-close flybys of Saturn's rings, NASA's Cassini spacecraft inspected the mini-moons Pan and Daphnis in the A ring; Atlas at the edge of the A ring; Pandora at the edge of the F ring; and Epimetheus, which is bathed in material that fans out from the moon Enceladus, the mini-moons' diameter ranges from 5 miles (8 kilometers) for Daphnis to 72 miles (116 kilometers) for Epimetheus, the rings and the moons depicted in this illustration are not to scale.
This last act before the spacecraft disintegrated allowed the instruments to precisely measure the amount of material in Saturn's rings.
The study says that Saturn's rings are set to disappear in 292 million years, considering a continued rate of loss via ring rain.
During this part of the mission, Cassini transmitted information that will help scientists understand how Saturn's rings were formed and about Saturn's gravitation and magnetic fields.
Saturn's rings reach farther than the eye can see--and astronomers now know just how far.
Scoop up Pluto, Trap the North Star, Ram Jupiter in a jam jar, Lock the lid...Loop the strings, Then pack it away with Saturn's Rings, Distract the designer...
Washington, May 2 ( ANI ): NASA's Cassini spacecraft has clicked its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn's rings.
The twin spacecraft accomplished that in style, sending back data on Jupiter's large red spot and Saturn's rings. They mesmerized scientists by finding erupting volcanoes on the Jovian moon Io and identifying possible traces of an ocean below the icy surface of Europa, another of Jupiter's moon.
It gives bright, clear images of the Moon and planets, Saturn's rings and the moons of Jupiter.
Saturn's rings had "spokes," and in Saturn's atmosphere, the wind was blowing at over 1,000 miles per hour.