Spacecraft survives unprecedented trip between Saturn, rings
April 28, 2017
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it.
Flight controllers regained contact with Cassini on Thursday, a day after it became the first craft to cross this hazardous region. The rings are made up of countless icy particles, any of which could have smacked Cassini. The spacecraft's big dish antenna served as a shield as it hurtled through the narrow gap, temporarily cutting off communications.
"We are just ecstatic," project science engineer Jo Pitesky said by phone from NA...