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Cassini Spacecraft Re-Establishes Contact After ‘Dive’ Between Saturn And Its Rings

An picture taken on Jul 19, 2013, by a wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini booster prisoner Saturn, a rings and world Earth, that is a little dot in a reduce right.

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An picture taken on Jul 19, 2013, by a wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini booster prisoner Saturn, a rings and world Earth, that is a little dot in a reduce right.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA’s Cassini booster re-established hit with belligerent controllers shortly before 3 a.m. ET after flitting by a opening between Saturn and a planet’s rings. NASA says a examine is now lucent behind information collected during a “dive.”

Cassini was out of hit as it began a tour into a opening since a spacecraft’s plate receiver was used as a defense to strengthen it from probable repairs from ring particles. The receiver had been oriented divided from Earth. Cassini was out of hit for about 22 hours.

In a NASA statement, a plan manager pronounced all had left as hoped:

” ‘No booster has ever been this tighten to Saturn before. We could usually rest on predictions, formed on a knowledge with Saturn’s other rings, of what we suspicion this opening between a rings and Saturn would be like,’ pronounced Cassini Project Manager Earl Maize of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. ‘I am gay to news that Cassini shot by a opening only as we designed and has come out a other side in glorious shape.’ “

The Two-Way’s Bill Chappell reported as a booster began a dive:

The pierce is a initial in what NASA is job Cassini’s Grand Finale, as it weaves a approach between Saturn and a rings in a array of 22 dives that will cap in what a group describes as “a science-rich thrust into Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15.”

Cassini was launched in 1997; a goal is slated to finish one month before a 20-year mark.

NASA pronounced Cassini came within about 1,900 miles of Saturn’s cloud tops and about 200 miles from a innermost corner of Saturn’s rings. Project scientists trust ring particles in a opening are no bigger than fume particles and were assured they would not poise a hazard to a spacecraft.