NASA just released close-up images of Saturn’s rings. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft sent back images looking over the shoulder of Saturn’s rings.
Cassini left Earth in 1997 and, in its nearly two decades of exploration, has sent home remarkable images of our corner of the universe.
The mission to Saturn is a joint venture between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
The spacecraft will be intentionally crashed into Saturn in September for safety reasons.
Have a look for yourself at the four images NASA has released:
“As the person who planned those initial orbit-insertion ring images—which remained our most detailed views of the rings for the past 13 years—I am taken aback by how vastly improved are the details in this new collection,” Cassini Imaging Team Lead, Carolyn Porco, said in a statement. “How fitting it is that we should go out with the best views of Saturn’s rings we’ve ever collected.”
To learn more about these incredible close-ups or download full-res JPEG or TIFF versions of all four, head over to the NASA website.