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These New Photos Of Saturn Are Literally Out Of This World

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08/12/2016 10:55 AM AEDT | Updated 08/12/2016 12:19 PM AEDT

Cassini Sends Stunning Pictures Of Saturn Since Recent Orbit Change

NASA's Cassini Saturn spacecraft has sent back the first photos from its latest orbit of the planet Saturn -- and they're so amazing it's almost hard to believe they're real.

Launched in 1997, Cassini Saturn has been orbiting and studying the planet and its moons since 2004 and its newest finding shows the hexagonal-shaped storm located in Saturn's northern hemisphere.

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The spacecraft began the newest and last phase of its mission on November 30, which will see it perform various daredevil-type manoeuvres every seven days through Saturn's rings before being destroyed in the planet's atmosphere on September 15, 2017.

Carolyn Porco, the head of the spacecraft's imaging team, said: "This is it, the beginning of the end of our historic exploration of Saturn," according to the BBC.

"Let these images -- and those to come -- remind you that we've lived a bold and daring adventure around the Solar System's most magnificent planet."

The destructive end to the Cassini's lengthy voyage comes as a result of nearly exhausting its fuel and a life long-lived with some of the most spectacular views of Saturn that we on Earth have been able to see.

Check out some of the more incredible snaps the spacecraft has taken over its 12-year lifespan below.

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