It’s simple to feel as if you never have sufficient time to do the things you will need to do, but that’s particularly true for the Cassini spacecraft. After almost 138 days circling between Saturn and its glittering rings, Cassini will finish its dance by diving headlong into Saturn following week. However, it still has a couple more days to beam fantastic photos before its striking departure.
This week through its second-to-last orbit, Cassini sent home a false color image of Saturn’s B-rings in the maximum resolution ever taken. Additionally, it snapped photographs of Enceladus, Saturn’s icy moon that astronomers crafted into a picture (seen in the gallery for a gif) from six pictures.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was also hard at work, shooting a photograph of the various layers of sulfates in Melas Chasma, a region once believed to be covered in water. Somewhat closer to Earth, the sun released the biggest solar flare observed since the start of its solar panel in 2008. And Hubble spied the sparkling spiral galaxy NGC 5559, its dusty arms cradling a whole lot of newborn stars, seen above in bright blue.
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