This will continue until Saturn's solstice in May 2017. At that point in time, the shadow will extend only as far as the innermost A ring, leaving the middle and outer A ring completely free of the planet's shadow.
The movie comprises one hour of observations as the Cassini spacecraft moved southward over Saturn, according to NASA.
It begins with a view of the swirling vortex at the planet's north pole, then heads past the
Flight controllers regained contact with Cassini on Thursday, a day after it became the first craft to cross this hazardous region. The rings are made up of countless icy particles, any of which could have smacked Cassini. The spacecraft's big dish antenna