Ever wonder what it would be like to stand on Saturn’s ring system? If so, this video should provide some insight, thanks to data gathered by the Cassini-Huygens mission. For those who don’t know, this mission was a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to send a probe to study the planet Saturn and its system, including its rings and natural satellites. It’s been active in space for nearly 20-years, with 13-years spent orbiting Saturn, studying the planet and its system after entering orbit on July 1, 2004. Read more for another video and additional information.
Cassini’s original mission was planned to span four years, from June 2004 to May 2008, but it was extended for another two until September 2010, branded the Cassini Equinox Mission. However, it was extended a final time with the Cassini Solstice Mission, which lasted another seven years until September 15, 2017, on which date Cassini was de-orbited to burn up in Saturn’s upper atmosphere.