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Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding -- so far -- that the planet's magnetic field has no discernible tilt. This surprising observation, which means the true length of Saturn's day is still unknown, is just one of several early insights from the final phase of Cassini's mission, known as the Grand Finale. (Press Release can be found here.)

Jul 24, 2017: Textures in the C Ring - Recent images of features in Saturn's C ring called "plateaus" have deepened the mystery surrounding them. It turns out that these bright bands have a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.
Jul 24, 2017: More Textures in the C Ring - Recent images of features in Saturn's C ring called "plateaus" have deepened the mystery surrounding them. It turns out that these bright bands have a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.
Jul 24, 2017: Cassini "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn - This mosaic of images combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017. It shows a vast swath of Saturn's atmosphere, from the north polar vortex to the boundary of the hexagon-shaped jet stream, to details in bands and swirls at middle latitudes and beyond.
Jul 24, 2017: Cassini's First D-Ring Crossing - The sounds and colorful spectrogram in this still image and video represent data collected by the Radio and Plasma Wave Science, or RPWS, instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft, as it crossed through Saturn's D ring on May 28, 2017.
Jul 24, 2017: Haze on the Horizon - This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon. Along the limb (the planet's edge) at left can be seen a thin, detached haze. This haze vanishes toward the left side of the scene.
Jul 24, 2017: Cassini Near-Infrared "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn - This mosaic of 30 images was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on June 29, 2017, as it raced toward the gap between Saturn and its rings during one of 22 close passes over Saturn that comprise the mission's final phase, called the Grand Finale.

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