Propellers, Waves, and Gaps: Cassini’s Last Looks at Saturn’s Rings

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Cassini’s view of Saturn on January 2, 2010. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Since Cassini plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere in 2017, ending its 13-year mission, scientists have continued to comb through the rich store of data it sent back, especially during its last year, when it dove closer to Saturn’s rings than ever before.

Among the findings are a deep look at the complex ring system, which hid more structure than scientists expected, including “straw-like” texture

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