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Stunning video shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft diving through Saturn's rings

Stunning video shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft diving through Saturn's rings

Brandon Russell

NASA has published a video on its website in a post titled “Inside-Out Rings Movie,” which sounds like it might be a frightening twist on Pixar’s beloved feature of the same name. But it’s actually a gorgeous view of the Cassini spacecraft diving between Saturn’s rings. You just don’t see things like this every day. Although, for Cassini, capturing beautiful views of Saturn has become...

Surprise - that "alien megastructure" scientists spotted isn't a Dyson Sphere

Surprise - that "alien megastructure" scientists spotted isn't a Dyson Sphere

Eric Frederiksen

Remember that “alien megastructure” the Kepler Space Telescope found a couple years back? Scientists have a new theory for what it might be that explains the readings we’ve seen without having to rustle up a science-fiction concept from the 1930s. So what is it? Rings, of course. Tabby’s Star – the nickname for KIC 8462852 – was observed by so-called exoplanet hunters to be showing...

NASA's spacecraft prepares for daring Saturn encounter before plunging to its death

NASA's spacecraft prepares for daring Saturn encounter before plunging to its death

Brandon Russell

Ahead of its date with destiny, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will perform a series of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere, using vital instruments to make observations of the planet's temperature, auroras, and more. Beginning August 14, Cassini will dive through Saturn's rings and come within just 1,010 miles of the planet, providing scientists with an unprecedented look...