The us space probe Cassini flew yesterday for the first time between the rings of Saturn and its atmosphere, and then the relationship with him was restored. This writes the sub-site aerospace control US on this mission.
During the “dive” at the speed of 110 thousand kilometers in a second contact with the probe was temporarily lost, but after 20 hours restored. When flying a “dangerous” zone antenna was deployed in the direction from the Ground – it was used as a shield against a possible collision with the particles.
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While Cassini has sent to Earth the first photos of atmosphere and rings, their raw options can be seen below.
In the best-resolution pictures of Saturn’s rings must demonstrate the elements up to 150 meters in diameter.
“I am pleased to report that Cassini passed through the gap, as we had planned, and returned in great shape. No spacecraft has never been so close to Saturn”, – said the head of the mission Earl maze.
One of the main tasks of this phase of the research is to determine the mass and age of the rings.
Each of the 21 remaining span of the next five months, the station will be closer to the planet’s surface. In September, after the “no diving” and the almost complete lack of resources for the operation of the probe will go into the dense layers of the atmosphere of Saturn. NASA calls this phase of the mission “Grand finale”.
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