NASA releases Stunning Cassini Image
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NASA has released a stunning image of Saturn and its marvelous rings and moons. It was captured by the Cassini spacecraft during the last leg of its twenty long year epic journey in space. It was indeed a stunning farewell to Saturn.
This year, in the month of September 13th, the spacecraft took a series of images which are assembled into a mosaic. Cassini’s wide-angle camera collected 42 different red, blue and green images covering the planet and its main rings from one part to the other end.
Scientists tried to make a natural color view of these multiple images in different colors. The scene also includes moons Prometheus, Janus, Pandora, Epimetheus, Enceladus, and Mimas.
For some team associates, it was all too easy to receive new images from the Saturn system on daily basis, seeing new sights, watching things change, while for many others, Cassini’s farewell to Saturn is reminiscent of another parting from long ago.
Launched in the year 1997, the spacecraft Cassini orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017. This mission made so many dramatic discoveries, which include geologic activity on Saturn’s moon Enceladus and liquid methane sea’s on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.
The imaging team planned a special farewell view of Saturn for years, finally, it came to an end, and many shared it was difficult to say goodbye. On September 15th with a dramatic plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, Cassini ended its journey, returning unique scientific data until it lost contact with Earth.