It is sad, but the life of the spacecraft is about to end. Once started in 1997, it became part of the space program "Cassini-Huygens", aimed at the study , its rings and satellites. The last phase of life of the device, dubbed "the finale of the Opera", will begin on 22 April this year. "Cassini" will make 22-of-flight between Saturn and his inner ring, and on September 15 will forever plunge into the planet's atmosphere, collecting and transmitting to Earth the priceless data up to the last seconds of his life. We invite you to enjoy the great pictures of Saturn's rings taken by Cassini recently.
According to specialists NASA, the presented pictures are photos taken of Saturn's rings, made with the closest distance in the history of exploration of the planet by mankind. Earlier Cassini repeatedly photographed the ring, but so close to him for him to get close the first time ever. Images immediately visible to their highest detail. Great to see the so-called "propellers", special markings on the rings, created mini-satellites of the giant planet. The fact that Saturn's rings are composed of fragments, size range of which varies from a centimeter to a small house. The rings are also satellites, for example, a 30-kilometer pan or a 7-kilometer-long Daphnia. These satellites and provide a kind of gaps that are visible in the pictures. Just such satellites today there are 62.
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