The Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn for the past 13 years and it has captured a number of interesting high resolution photos of our solar system's second-biggest planet along with its 62 moons and spectacular rings. NASA's Cassini Spacecraft brought the images that revealed a UFO like form of the satellite that has an average radius of just 8.8 miles.
It also clicked several other pictures that included images of Saturn's small moon Daphnis, its largest moon, Titan, another moon titled Pandora, and many more. As the end of the orbiter's mission approaches, it is making a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400km) gap between Saturn and its rings before plunging into the planet's surface later this year. In this gallery, IBTimes Singapore looks back at the orbiter's best shots while Cassini prepares for its death dive.
The Cassini mission is a joint project between Nasa, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. It is the first in-depth, up-close study of Saturn and its system of rings and moons, which started in 1997 when the orbiter and an ESA probe were launched into space. Seven years later, they reached Saturn, and the Cassini spacecraft became the first to orbit the planet.
The project has allowed the scientists to know more about Saturn and its moons. One of the most important discovery was the identification of an ocean beneath the icy crust of the planet's moon Enceladus and liquid methane seas on another moon, Titan.