NASA was able to complete its second-closest meeting with Saturn’s icy moon Helene with its Cassini orbiter on Monday according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The Cassini spacecraft came as close as 4,330 miles away from Helene’s surface which was the second closest approach to Helene in history of the mission.
The spacecraft was able to take photos of the Saturn-facing side of the moon in sunlight. This will make it possible for scientists to complete creating a global map of Helene.
The closest Helene encounter of the mission took place on March 10, 2010, when Cassini flew within 1,131 miles (1,820 kilometers) of the moon.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.