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Cassini Travels 'The Void' Between Rings Of Saturn, Also Discovers What The Rings Are Made Of

May 10, 2017 08:43 AM EDT

Cassini spacecraft in Earth swing
(Photo : NASA/Getty Images) Scientists are calling the spaces between Saturn's rings as "the big empty" due to its void nature wherein not even a space dust exist. The discovery was made by the spacecraft Cassini as it passes the rings.

There is nothing - a complete void between the rings of planet Saturn. The Cassini probe yields a surprising detail about the area between Saturn's rings after it passes the area twice. In fact, even space dust doesn't exist in between the iconic rings.

According to Cassini project manager Earl Maize, the Pasadena-based NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory discovered that the regions between the rings are void. Maize called the spaces between the rings as "the big empty." Apart from the discovery of the void, scientists also confirmed that the fast moving rings are made up of ice and other space debris.

Last month, the Cassini made its first pass between Saturn's rings. Then it did the second one on May 2, zooming past at blinding 77,000 miles per hour speed. Each of these passes has explored the 1,500 miles gaps between the Saturn rings, according to The Nation.

The Cassini was launched in 1997 and reached Saturn in 2004. From then on, what is arguably the most famous space craft of modern times fed earth with vital information about the popular planet. The Cassini also provided huge scientific details about the composition of its rings.

Sadly, the Cassini is an aging 20-year old project of NASA and its counterparts, European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The space craft has spent up its fuel during its one-way ticket to Saturn. Even so, its remaining months are reserved for making 22 dives and scientists expect that the Cassini is going to reveal more details about Saturn's rings. These are all possible before the act of euthanasia wherein the Cassini is going to plunge itself to the gas planet itself, as earlier explained by The Science Times.

Scientists are afraid that the Cassini is going to obstruct the course of Saturn's more than 62 satellites. Since some of these cosmic bodies may hold life in their subsurface water, plunging the space craft in the gas planet itself is the best option to minimize the risk.

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