Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Amazing new views of Saturn's rings revealed

Posted on Monday, 8 May, 2017 | Comment icon 12 comments

One of several new shots of Saturn's rings. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Cassini's second dive between Saturn and its innermost ring has yielded more breathtaking photographs.
Back at the end of last month, NASA's Cassini spacecraft survived its first daring plunge between Saturn and its ring system as part of the long-running mission's "Grand Finale".

Now following a second successful dive, the probe has returned even more impressive images which show Saturn's rings in more detail than ever before.

Scientists have also suggesed that the images will get even better over the coming months.

"The images from the first pass were great, but we were conservative with the camera settings," said Andrew Ingersoll, one of the members of Cassini's imaging team.

"We plan to make updates to our observations for a similar opportunity on June 29 that we think will result in even better views."

If everything goes according to plan and the probe survives all its dives, Cassini's mission will come to a fiery end when it deliberately plummets in to the planet's atmosphere in September.

Source: Independent | Comments (12)

Tags: Cassini, Saturn

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by BeastieRunner on 9 May, 2017, 16:55
I like that NASA wants help creating galleries.
Comment icon #4 Posted by taniwha on 9 May, 2017, 19:05
I wonder how close the computer simulations compare with the reality.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Calibeliever on 9 May, 2017, 19:52
I'd love to see these in color.
Comment icon #6 Posted by coolguy on 10 May, 2017, 4:25
Awesome well done nasa
Comment icon #7 Posted by Frank Merton on 10 May, 2017, 4:31
This is something of a real puzzle. We expected, of course, that they would be relatively empty, since we don't see anything, but so, so empty implies some sort of mechanism going on that removes material, and I can't imagine what sort of things that might be (big vacuum cleaner out there). Of course better informed and smarter minds are applied to this so we may soon have something.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Calibeliever on 10 May, 2017, 17:23
I saw something on this a while back. The prevailing theory (according to source x) was that larger objects trailed through the disk and whisked up smaller material leaving gaps in their wake.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Frank Merton on 11 May, 2017, 0:06
Yea -- it has to be something of that sort -- but why don't we see them? I'm not trying to imply anything alien or whatever here -- just that there is a puzzle.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever on 11 May, 2017, 13:30
You got me asking too now. I found this on Apparently the cause of some of the gaps are a mystery still
Comment icon #11 Posted by wahmeiman on 13 May, 2017, 15:23
its all CGI and NASA are liars.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever on 15 May, 2017, 15:59

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


3,500-year-old lunch box found in Swiss Alps
An extraordinarily well-preserved lunch box has been discovered on Switzerland's Lotschberg mountain.
1962 'thing in the woods' was CIA spy camera
A mystery spanning over 55 years has finally been solved thanks to newly released CIA documents.
Giant black swan once roamed New Zealand
Scientists have found evidence of a huge, hulking semi-flightless swan that went extinct 500 years ago.
Time is key to happiness, new study claims
According to researchers, stressing out over a lack of time is a leading cause of anxiety and depression.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Augmented reality
Posted 7-26-2017 | 1 comment
A look at a new technology that superimposes computer-generated images over the real world.
Redefining the kilogram
Posted 7-24-2017 | 0 comments
How exactly do we define the weight of one kilogram and can it change over time ?
Stretchy batteries
Posted 7-23-2017 | 0 comments
Scientists have come up with a way to make batteries and their cases stretchy.
Counting to one billion
Posted 7-22-2017 | 1 comment
How long would it take to count to one billion and has anyone ever managed to do so ?
Dolphins beach themselves to catch fish
Posted 7-21-2017 | 0 comments
These remarkable dolphins have come up with a unique way to catch themselves a meal.
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
My real, true experiences
7-26-2017 | New Zealand
Incoming call
7-26-2017 | B.T. Collins Park: Folsom, CA
Three knocks woke me up twice
7-26-2017 | Virginia
Spider signs
7-21-2017 | Michigan
My ancestry is calling me
7-21-2017 | Morgan Hill, Ca
I can hear someone
6-27-2017 | Maryland
My dead father spoke to me
6-27-2017 | Alabama
Is my child predicting our death ?
6-27-2017 | Lincoln Park, MI
Craig is here
6-10-2017 | Phoenix AZ
We saw the same thing!
6-10-2017 | Pooler, GA

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ