Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Spacecraft Cassini's first pass between Saturn and its rings goes flawlessly

Spacecraft Cassini's first pass between Saturn and its rings goes flawlessly

Great news for Cassini fans: The NASA spacecraft sent word that it successfully completed its first pass through the uncharted territory between Saturn and its rings late Wednesday.

Hopefully the next 21 orbits through this never-before-explored space will be just as successful.

More than 100 members of the Cassini team and their families gathered in the Von Karman Auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge to await the news.

The first signal, indicating that the spacecraft was alive, came right on time at 11:55 p.m Pacific, to cheers and fist pumps.

About 10 minutes later, another set of signals confirmed that Cassini was beaming...

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