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By Marcia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer 

Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings in historic 1st

 

April 27, 2017



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft ventured Wednesday into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings.

But flight controllers won't know how everything went until Thursday when they are back in touch with the craft.

Cassini was out of radio contact with Earth as it became the first spacecraft to enter the gap between Saturn and its rings. That's because its big dish antenna was maneuvered face forward to protect science instruments from potentially damaging particles in the rings. The antenna could sustain minor damage like a small hole and still func...



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