The international Cassini spacecraft went face-to-face with Saturn's rings last week, grabbing the sharpest pictures yet of their complex dynamic behavior in a closeup pass that will not be repeated during the course of the four-year mission. The spacecraft also took once-in-a-mission close-up magnetic observations that are required to decipher the planet's unusual magnetic field that defies normal understanding. The capture into orbit on June 30 was flawless, with the transition to ...

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