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The Most Beautiful And Awe-Inspiring Photos Of Saturn Taken By Cassini

In 1997, NASA launched the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft to explore and photograph the mysterious planet Saturn. And now, 20 years later, NASA has released high-resolution photos of exactly what the unmanned spaceship was able to see

Researchers at NASA and the European Space Agency teamed up to design Cassini-Huygens in the 1980s. Named after astronomers Giovanni Cassini and Christiaan Huygens, the spacecraft was designed to not only photograph the planet, but also to collect data from it and its 62 moons. These latest photos come as Cassini-Huygens's trip is coming to a close. It's final phase – called the Grand Finale – started in April 2017. The spacecraft is expected to make its last orbit around the planet in September 2017, transmitting a few more photos before plummeting into the planet's atmosphere below.


The Most Beautiful And Awe-Inspiring Photos Of Saturn Taken By Cassini

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