NASA releases breathtaking close-up images of Saturn's rings

By Nick Cardona, Buzz60

The mysterious depths of space can now be seen in breathtaking clarity!

NASA released up-close images of Saturn's rings.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent back images looking over the shoulder of Saturn's rings.

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No telescope on this planet would ever have been able to see this.

Cassini left Earth in 1997 and, in its nearly two decades of exploration, has sent home remarkable images of our corner of the universe.

In April of last year, Cassini spent 44 hours staring at Saturn's atmosphere and capturing in-depth images.

The mission to Saturn is a joint venture between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.

The spacecraft will be intentionally crashed into Saturn in September for safety reasons.