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Saturn viewed in far-red & near-infrared wavelengths on April 29,​ 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Kevin M. Gill
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Cassini Makes Second Saturn Ring Dive as NASA Studies Unexpected Emptiness

Audio recordings from the spacecraft reveal a surprising lack of dust between Saturn and its rings, as Cassini continues taking breathtaking photos of the distant planet.

Published On 05/03/2017
7:00 AM EDT
​A wide-angle view of Saturn's north pole. Assembled using raw uncalibrated far-red (CB2), red, green, and blue filtered images taken by Cassini on April 26, 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Kevin M. Gill
​The vortex at Saturn's north pole, assembled using raw uncalibrated red, green, and blue filtered images taken by Cassini on April 26, 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Kevin M. Gill
During Cassini's first dive through Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017, the spacecraft looked over Saturn's horizon to the diffuse G-ring. Assembled using raw uncalibrated red, green, and blue filtered images from Cassini. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Kevin M. Gill