Through the ring plane

The crossing of the ring plane at 2.87 planetary radii, just outside the visible edge of the 'A' ring', was predicted for 09:02 on 1 September. In fact, because the system is so incredibly thin, the spacecraft darted through in a fraction of a second. With the planet on the far side of the Solar System, the spacecraft's signal took 86 minutes to reach the Earth, so the nail-biting moment for Ames was 1028. As the final minute

Tethys

Tethys

Cassini's Division

Cassini's Division

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