NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Completes 1st Dive Through Gap Between Saturn and Rings --"Beams Back Images of a Colossal Swirling Storm" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)
"No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before," Earl Maize, Cassini project manager and a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said. "We could only rely on predictions, based on our experience with Saturn's other rings, of what we thought this gap between the rings and Saturn would be like." The raw images, which began to stream back early this morning, indicating the probe had survived its journey, show intricate structures and a dark, swirling storm. which NASA called a "giant hurricane".