The first images of a dive between Saturn and its inner rings has arrived back on Earth.
The video begins at the planet’s north polar vortex, before it travels south, passing the famous hexagonal jet stream.
Cassini imaging team associate Kunio Sayanagi said: "I was surprised to see so many sharp edges along the hexagon's outer boundary and the eye-wall of the polar vortex.
"Something must be keeping different latitudes from mixing to maintain those edges.”
Cassini is in the final stages of its life
NASA said in a statement: “Toward the end of the movie, the camera frame rotates as the spacecraft reorients to point its large, saucer-shaped antenna in the direction of the spacecraft’s motion.
“The antenna was used as a protective shield during the crossing of Saturn’s ring plane.”
Saturn's rings have fascinated scientists
Cassini, launched in 1997, has begun its slingshot manoeuvre which will ultimately see it orbit into Saturn’s atmosphere that will cause the ship to break up upon entering.
The ship has given experts an unprecedented view of Saturn and its 62 moons since its arrival at the ringed-planet 12 years ago.
NASA releases extraordinary images of Saturn
Wed, April 26, 2017
NASA's Cassani mission have released these amazing unseen photos of Saturn and it's many moons. These incredible images show close up photographs of Saturn and and it's orbiting moons taken from approximately 1.4 million miles away.
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Fascinating images of Saturn's atmosphere
It has spent the last six months yo-yoing on the edge of Saturn’s outer rings, and scientists say that it has now completed its mission and will move onto its ‘Grand Finale’ stage where it will plunge between its inner rings and the gas planet before its death.
Cassini has made some astounding discoveries including several new moons, but it perhaps saved its best until last as it recently found evidence that the oceans of Enceladus, one of the moons, could support life in its oceans.