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Saturn's Rings - Less than Meets the Eye?

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Saturn's rings

It seems intuitive that an opaque material should contain more stuff than a more translucent substance.


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Viewing Methane On Saturn

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Saturn

The soft, bright-and-dark bands displayed by Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are the signature of methane in the planet's atmosphere.

Half-lit View of Enceladus

Half-lit View of Enceladus

This half-lit view of Enceladus bears a passing resemblance to similar views of Earth's own natural satellite, but the similarities end there.


Appreciating The Immense Size of Saturn

Appreciating The Immense Size of Saturn

It is easy to forget just how large Saturn is, at around 10 times the diameter of Earth.


Dione and Saturn's Rings

Dione and Saturn's Rings

Dione's beautiful wispy terrain is brightly lit alongside Saturn's elegant rings.


Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting data and images from the mission's final close flyby of Saturn's active moon Enceladus.


Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

A thrilling chapter in the exploration of the solar system will soon conclude, as NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft makes its final close flyby of the ocean-bearing moon Enceladus.


Close Up View of Prometheus

Close Up View of Prometheus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spied details on the pockmarked surface of Saturn's moon Prometheus (86 kilometers, or 53 miles across) during a moderately close flyby on Dec. 6, 2015.


Tethys and Saturn

Tethys and Saturn

Tethys, dwarfed by the scale of Saturn and its rings, appears as an elegant crescent in this image taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft.


Peering Through Titan's Haze

Peering Through Titan's Haze

This composite image shows an infrared view of Saturn's moon Titan from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, acquired during the mission's ''T-114'' flyby on Nov. 13, 2015.


A Crescent Enceladus And Saturn's Rings

A Crescent Enceladus And Saturn's Rings

Although Enceladus and Saturn's rings are largely made up of water ice, they show very different characteristics.


Comparing Enceladus and Dione

Comparing Enceladus and Dione

Although Dione (near) and Enceladus (far) are composed of nearly the same materials, Enceladus has a considerably higher reflectivity than Dione. As a result, it appears brighter against the dark night sky.


Monstrous Ice Cloud in Titan's South Polar Region

Monstrous Ice Cloud in Titan's South Polar Region

New observations made near the south pole of Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft add to the evidence that winter comes in like a lion on this moon of Saturn.


Initial Images From Cassini's Enceladus Flyby

Initial Images From Cassini's Enceladus Flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting its latest images of Saturn's icy, geologically active moon Enceladus, acquired during the dramatic Oct. 28 flyby.


Closest Northern Views of Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Closest Northern Views of Saturn's Moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun returning its best-ever views of the northern extremes of Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus.


New Closeup Images of Enceladus

New Closeup Images of Enceladus

This image of Enceladus was taken on October 14, 2015 and received on Earth October 15, 2015.


Mimas, Pandora and Saturn's Rings

Mimas, Pandora and Saturn's Rings

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from 0.26 degrees below the ring plane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 26, 2015.


Chasms on Dione

Chasms on Dione

While not bursting with activity like its system satellite Enceladus, the surface of Dione is definitely not boring.



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