Cassini's first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26
was successful and the spacecraft is now in the process of beaming back
science and engineering data collected during its passage, NASA said on Thursday.
Deep Space Network Goldstone Complex in California's Mojave Desert
acquired Cassini's signal at 2:56am EDT (12:26pm IST) on Thursday and
data began flowing at 3:01am EDT (12:31pm IST), the <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/cassini-s-first-grand-finale-dive-milestones" target="_blank">US Space agency said.
"I am delighted to report that Cassini
shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side
in excellent shape," said Cassini Project Manager Earl Maize of NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.