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Good old summer time…on Saturn!

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Continuous sunshine is abundant in Saturn’s northern heisphere during its summer solstice, which took place on May 24. The Cassini mission used this unparalleled opportunity to observe changes that occur on the planet as the Saturnian seasons turn. This view was acquired at a distance of approximately 733,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Saturn. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 17 using a spectral filter. The Cassini mission is currently performing its Grand Finale, where it is exploring the area between Saturn and its rings…a space where no other spacecraft has gone before! The spacecraft will make a total of 22 dives before it eventually dives into the planet itself in September. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
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