SOUND OF SPACE: NASA’s Cassini brings back shocking data and recording from Saturn’s Rings
As Cassini embarks on its grand finale – which will see it dive in and out of Saturn’s rings over the next few months before it plunges to its death – ground control has received audio back from the spacecraft.
It is the first time that scientists have been able to hear the sounds of Saturn and were expecting to hear something similar to what the Juno space probe picked up around Jupiter – a loud spooky roar.
However, NASA scientists heard nothing, barring some static, confirming that the voids between Saturn’s rings are virtually empty.
Cassini project manager Earl Maize of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: “The region between the rings and Saturn is ‘the big empty’, apparently.