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NASA and Cassini discover ‘the big empty’ between Saturn and its rings

NASA and Cassini discover ‘the big empty’ between Saturn and its rings NASA’s Cassini spacecraft embarked on its grand finale last week, diving through the 1,200-mile-wide gap between Saturn and its rings in a maneuver that brought the spacecraft closer to the ringed planet than any man-made object had been before.The spacecraft sent back a bunch of striking images along the way (see the gallery above).

Listen to the Eerie Void of Space

Listen to the Eerie Void of Space We’ve covered the Cassini probe a few times, but this little probe never ceases to impress.This time, Cassini went into the empty space between Saturn and its rings.

Cassini Finds Saturn's Ring Gap Emptier Than Expected

Cassini Finds Saturn's Ring Gap Emptier Than Expected One of the reasons Cassini didn’t venture into this space before was the risk of damage from dust particles.The dust particles are only 1 micrometer across, but can cause damage to the probe’s instruments when they impact at high speed.

Mostly NASA, Lightly Salted With a Spy Satellite: This Week in Space

Mostly NASA, Lightly Salted With a Spy Satellite: This Week in Space Next up for the Falcon 9 is a May 15 mission to put an Inmarsat communications satellite in orbit.At the end of the month, SpaceX is also slated to send a CRS Dragon to the International Space Station.

In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science

In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science “I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape.While the gas giant’s north pole was in shadow for the first part of the Cassini mission, it’s now in full sunlight, which enables Cassini scientists to directly image it in reflected light.

Gaze Into Saturn's Gigantic, Hexagonal Storm

Gaze Into Saturn's Gigantic, Hexagonal Storm Among those gaseous beauties is it churning hexagonal storm.The whole storm is more than a thousand miles across and sits at the planet’s North Pole.

Perfect Landing Spot for Spacecraft on Titan Identified

Perfect Landing Spot for Spacecraft on Titan Identified Using new data from the Cassini probe, scientists have identified a potential landing zone on Titan — those hydrocarbon lakes.This thick atmosphere is also what makes a potential landing on Titan so difficult.

Enceladus Vomits Vodka's Hyper-Toxic Cousin

Enceladus Vomits Vodka's Hyper-Toxic Cousin Blah blah whiskey isn’t good for you etc.A team at Cardiff University noticed a massive methanol signature in one of Saturn’s rings — the second outermost E-ring.

Cassini Probe Dips Its Toes in Saturn's Atmosphere

Cassini Probe Dips Its Toes in Saturn's Atmosphere NASA’s Cassini probe has been studying Saturn and its moons since 2005, and it’s almost time for the spacecraft to call it a day.The probe is running low on fuel, but scientists intend to get the most out of Cassini before it’s no longer capable of doing science.

It took a lot of work to launch humanity’s greatest message into space

It took a lot of work to launch humanity’s greatest message into space That's on the way, in the form of the new documentary The Farthest on PBS.Forward-looking admonitions aside, Tyson was on hand to play host to the film's premiere at the museum earlier this month.

NASA's Cassini Probe Will Collide With Saturn This Friday

NASA's Cassini Probe Will Collide With Saturn This Friday We’re mere days away from the end of NASA’s Cassini mission.The spacecraft has been exploring Saturn and its entourage of moons for more than a decade, but the time has come to execute the “Grand Finale.

How Cassini quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system

How Cassini quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system For the past 13 years, a bus-sized spacecraft named Cassini has quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system.The Cassini mission — a $3.

The Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn to save its moons

The Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn to save its moons But as with all things involving spaceflight, the reason for Cassini's collision course with Saturn is nothing if not practical.This means that the probe could smash into one of the planet's potentially habitable moons.

Cassini sent back its final Saturn photos, and we're not crying, you are

Cassini sent back its final Saturn photos, and we're not crying, you are The Cassini spacecraft is now feeling the inexorable tug of Saturn's gravity as the bus-sized spacecraft is being pulled down into the giant planet's cloud tops.Other photos show Titan's hazy atmosphere for the last time from close range.

Cassini, one of humanity's best spacecraft, is officially dead at Saturn

Cassini, one of humanity's best spacecraft, is officially dead at Saturn "We have loss of signal," the flight director for the mission said, as Cassini's final dispatch from Saturn ended.Scientists have been planning to send Cassini into Saturn's atmosphere for some time.

Mission controllers reacting to the end of the Cassini mission at Saturn will make you emotional

Mission controllers reacting to the end of the Cassini mission at Saturn will make you emotional Scientists aren't exactly known for their public displays of emotion, but sometimes, that's what a moment calls for.On Friday, as the long-running Cassini mission at Saturn came to a close, mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California couldn't help but get a little teary as they said goodbye to a spacecraft that had been in space for two decades.

How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System

How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System To-date, this has been the only successful probe landing in the outer solar system.But we weren’t necessarily counting on all the surprise beauty shots that Cassini captured of Saturn and its surroundings.

Earth sends Cassini a whole lot of love after the mission comes to a bittersweet end

Earth sends Cassini a whole lot of love after the mission comes to a bittersweet end After 13 years of exploration, the Cassini spacecraft finally met its demise, hurtling itself into Saturn's atmosphere and burning up early Friday morning.And as was expected, people everywhere are mourning the loss of the iconic mission.

Cassini's final image of Saturn shows the spot where it was doomed to die

Cassini's final image of Saturn shows the spot where it was doomed to die Just before Cassini was vaporized while falling through the extreme pressure of Saturn's clouds, the bus-sized spacecraft beamed home an image of the spot where it would meet its fate.Another gif also shows the exact spot where Cassini was expected to fall into Saturn.