After the first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings, NASA's Cassini spacecraft called home to mission control.
April 26, 2017
Linda Spilker, Casssini Project Scientist:
Cassini dove in between the rings and the planet for the very first time. So at midnight tonight will be the first time Cassini turns back to the earth, sends a signal and lets us know that it successfully navigated through this gap where it's flown for the very, very first time.
Systems, radio science, we have X band carrier signal detection.
Earl Maize, Cassini Project Manager
We've got a booming carrier. Everything looks great. We're just now waiting for the data.
ACE : Ansco systems, Cassini Ace, I can confirm we have a good lock on the 66360 bit rate data at this time ...you should see it.
Cassini Ace, I confirm that the science playback is in lock and starting to run.
Cassini is safely sending back data.
Jim Green, NASA Planetary Science Division Director:
Cassini is a mission of firsts. Time and time again it has continued to surprise us. Astounding observations. It has changed our thinking irrevocably.
Onward to the Grand Finale.