NASA’s Cassini probe have sent back breathtaking images of Saturn’s rings. Though the “rings appear to be static and fixed, they are in fact constantly moving and fluctuating in ways which have puzzled astronomers and can now be studied more closely.” Continue reading for videos, more pictures, and additional information.
The probe was first launched in 1997, and has been orbiting Saturn since 2006. It has recently changed the path of its orbit, which is why it is transmitting clear images of the planet’s rings for the first time in two years. ‘We’re entering a new episode in Cassini’s exploratory voyage through the Saturn system, said Carolyn Porco from the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. ‘These new ring results are an early harbinger of great things to come.’