Sunny side up: Our Cassini mission saw the sunlit side of #Saturn’s rings in thi…


Sunny side up: Our Cassini mission saw the sunlit side of #Saturn’s rings in this image from when the spacecraft orbited in Saturn’s ring plane — around the planet’s equator — for most of 2015. This enabled a season of flybys of the planet’s icy moons, but did not allow for angled views of the rings and the planet’s poles, like this one. But in early 2016, the spacecraft began to increase its orbital inclination, climbing higher over the poles in preparation for the mission’s final spectacular orbits in 2017.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
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