Video file for media and public use. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. The spacecraft beamed back science and engineering data collected during its passage, via NASA's Deep Space Network Goldstone Complex in California's Mojave Desert to Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where mission team members, family and friends were gathered to witness the events.
The DSN acquired Cassini's signal at 11:56 p.m. PDT on April 26, 2017 (2:56 a.m. EDT on April 27) and data began flowing at 12:01 a.m. PDT (3:01 a.m. EDT) on April 27. As it dove through the gap, Cassini came within about 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of Saturn’s cloud tops and within about 200 miles of the innermost visible edge of the rings.
More media resources about Cassini and the “Grand Finale,” including images, fact sheets and a complete orbit guide can be found online at saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/overview/ .
All of Cassini's raw images can be viewed and downloaded from saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/galleries/raw-images/ .