NASA's Cassini spacecraft has done it again, first capturing footage of a massive black hurricane, and now producing an incredible video that must be seen to be believed.
NASA has just released an astonishing new video from the Cassini spacecraft that shows Saturn in a way we’ve never seen before. Cassini’s sweeping view of the surface of Saturn from such an incredibly close viewpoint is the latest amazing accomplishment by this plucky spacecraft as it prepares for its final descent into the planet in September. That video is embedded at the bottom of this post.
It’s the latest in a string of remarkable successes for Cassini. Recently, it captured an amazing shot of a massive swirling hurricane-like storm, and then it led to the breakthrough discovery that there is virtually no matter in the gaps between Saturn’s rings, surprising scientists.
In its latest dive, one of 22 before Cassini plunges to its death later this year, it captured a series of images that were stitched into a video that shows Saturn in greater detail than we’ve ever seen.
“I was surprised to see so many sharp edges along the hexagon’s outer boundary,” said Kunio Sayanagi, an associate of the Cassini imaging team based at Hampton University in Virginia, who helped produce the new movie. “Something must be keeping different latitudes from mixing to maintain those edges,” he said.
“The images from the first pass were great, but we were conservative with the camera settings. We plan to make updates to our observations for a similar opportunity on June 29 that we think will result in even better views,” said Andrew Ingersoll, a member of the Cassini imaging team based at Caltech in Pasadena, California.