Cassini is beginning its death plunge into the surface of Saturn, with a set of dives scheduled to take place over the next few months, we will be receiving images of the gas planet from a perspective that has never been captured before.
This week NASA released a new video to showcase the first of the images that have been sent back from the planet, showcasing the first of Cassini’s dive and providing a look at the hexagonal cloud pattern that appears at Saturn’s north polar.
One thing that NASA noticed from this was the amount of sharp edges along the outer boundary and the eye-wall of the polar vortex.
In the video, we can also see an animation of Cassini’s path and the swathe of the planet that it recorded during the drive.
And all of this is just a small section of the planet.
Over the next few months, we will see many more images that have been captured by Cassini, which are scheduled to release from now until September, when the spacecraft is set to hit Saturn’s surface.
Before then, you can check out the first of these images via the video below.