Hubble is a joint project between
and the European Space Agency and both agencies issued releases on the new portrait on Thursday. "This gives us a magnificent view of its bright icy structure," ESA said. "Hubble resolves numerous ringlets and the fainter inner rings."
Said NASA, "This image reveals an unprecedented clarity only seen previously in snapshots taken by NASA spacecraft visiting the distant planet." The now-finished Cassini mission got up close and personal with Saturn before destroying itself in the planet's atmosphere in 2017.
Scientists will use this Hubble image to track changes in the planet over time. The rest of us can just stare at it in awe and be reminded of the wonders of our solar system.
See Saturn's secrets through NASA Cassini's finest views