Between the Rings
On April 12
as the Sun was blocked by the disk of Saturn the
Cassini spacecraft camera looked toward the inner Solar System
and the gas giant's
At the top of the mosaicked view is the A ring with its
broader Encke and narrower Keeler gaps visible.
At the bottom is the F ring, bright due to the viewing geometry.
The point of light between the rings is
, 1.4 billion
kilometers in the distance.
and you can even spot Earth's
a pinprick of light to the planet's left.
Today Cassini makes its final close approach to
Saturn's own large moon Titan, using Titan's gravity to swing
into the spacecraft's Grand Finale, the
final set of orbits that will bring Cassini just