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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This graphic plots the source locations of geysers scientists have located on Enceladus' south polar terrain, with the 36 most active geyser sources marked and color coded by the behavior of the grains erupting from the geysers.
PIA17192:
Tendril-producing Geysers on Enceladus' South Polar Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This collage of NASA's Cassini spacecraft images and computer simulations shows how long, sinuous features from Enceladus can be modeled by tracing the trajectories of tiny, icy grains ejected from the moon's south polar geysers.
PIA17191:
Simulations of the Tendrils
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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Although we are used to seeing Saturn's moons lit directly by the Sun, sometimes we can catch them illuminated by 'Saturnshine.' Here, NASA's Cassini spacecraft see Mimas (upper right) lit by light reflected off of Saturn.
PIA18312:
Mimas by Saturnshine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-06 Iapetus Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared toward Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus for about a week in early 2015, in a campaign motivated in part to investigate subtle color differences within the moon's bright terrain.
PIA19062:
Investigating Subtle Colors on Iapetus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-30 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini captured these views of Saturn's icy moon Rhea on Feb. 9. The spacecraft returned to equatorial orbits around Saturn in March after nearly two years, allowing the mission to once again have close encounters with moons other than Titan.
PIA19057:
Return to Rhea
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Much as its name implies, tiny Epimetheus (Greek for hindsight) was discovered in hindsight. It was only later that astronomers realized that Janus and Epithemeus were not the same object.
PIA18305:
20-20 Hindsight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-23 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Pandora, Prometheus, and Pan, seen here, from right to left, also appear to be holding some sort of convention in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18306:
Moon Convention
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-16 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imaginable.
PIA18308:
Groovy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-11 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This illustration depicts potential origins of methane found in the plume of gas and ice particles that sprays from Saturn's moon, Enceladus, based on research by scientists working with the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer on NASA's Cassini mission.
PIA19059:
Trapping of Methane In Enceladus' Ocean
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-11 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This cutaway view of Saturn's moon Enceladus is an artist's rendering that depicts possible hydrothermal activity that may be taking place on and under the seafloor of the moon's subsurface ocean, based on published results from NASA's Cassini mission.
PIA19058:
Enceladus: Possible Hydrothermal Activity (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-09 Iapetus Cassini-Huygens
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The moon Iapetus, like the 'force' in Star Wars, has both a light side and a dark side. Scientists think that Iapetus' dark/light asymmetry was actually created by material migrating away from the dark side.
PIA18307:
Path to the Dark Side
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Named after a Japanese paradise, NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies the Senkyo region of Titan), a bit less welcoming than its namesake with a very inhospitable average temperature of approximately 290 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-180 degrees Celsius).
PIA18309:
Frozen Paradise
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-23 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's oblateness, the varying opacity of its rings and the shadows cast by those rings, sometimes creates elaborate and complicated patterns from NASA's Cassini's perspective.
PIA18303:
Cubist Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-16 Janus Cassini-Huygens
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In reality, Janus and the rings both orbit Saturn and are only weakly connected to each other through their mutual gravitational tugs as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18304:
Janus the Jewel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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Presented here are side-by-side comparisons of a traditional Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) view, at left, and one made using a new technique for handling electronic noise that results in clearer views of Titan's surface, at right.
PIA19054:
Leilah Fluctus Despeckled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This montage from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images of the surface of Titan shows four examples of how a newly developed technique for handling noise results in clearer, easier to interpret views.
PIA19053:
Titan Despeckled Montage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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These views from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) present a side-by-side comparisons of a traditional view and one made using a new technique called despeckling for handling electronic noise that results in clearer views of Titan's surface.
PIA19052:
Despeckling Ligea Mare
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image is presented as a perspective view and shows a landscape near the eastern shoreline of Kraken Mare, a hydrocarbon sea in Titan's north polar region.
PIA19051:
Perspective on Kraken Mare Shores
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-09 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Many color images are taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in red light so scientists can study the often subtle color variations of Saturn's rings. These variations may reveal clues about the chemical composition and physical nature of the rings.
PIA18301:
Study in Scarlet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-02 Epimetheus Cassini-Huygens
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Tiny Epimetheus is dwarfed by adjacent slivers of the A and F rings in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18302:
Deceptively Small
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-28 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This diagram depicts conditions observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during a flyby in Dec. 2013, when Saturn's magnetosphere was highly compressed, exposing Titan to the full force of the solar wind.
PIA19055:
Titan Observed Naked in the Solar Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-26 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Two masters of their craft are caught at work shaping Saturn's rings captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Pandora (upper right) sculpts the F ring. Meanwhile, Daphnis is busy holding open the Keeler gap (bottom center).
PIA18298:
The Shapers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-19 Janus Cassini-Huygens
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Janus seems to almost stare off into the distance, contemplating deep, moonish thoughts as the F ring stands by at the bottom of this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18299:
Contemplative Janus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-12 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
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A bright spot can be seen on the left side of Rhea in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The spot is the crater Inktomi, named for a Lakota spider spirit.
PIA18300:
Little Bright Spot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-05 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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What's that bright point of light in the outer A ring? It's a star, bright enough to be visible through the ring as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18297:
Wish Upon a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-29 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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In addition to being evidence of past impacts, craters can serve another valuable scientific purpose. Counting the number of craters in an area, can estimate the age of the terrain. NASA's Cassini orbiter looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Mimas.
PIA18292:
Polar Scars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn's main rings, seen here on their 'lit' face, appear much darker than normal. That's because they tend to scatter light back toward its source -- in this case, the Sun.
PIA18294:
Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-15 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Tethys appears to be peeking out from behind Rhea, watching the watcher. Scientists believe that Tethys' surprisingly high albedo is due to the water ice jets emerging from its neighbor, Enceladus.
PIA18293:
Tethys the Spy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Although solid-looking in many images, NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Saturn's rings are actually translucent. In this picture, we can glimpse the shadow of the rings on the planet through the A and C rings themselves, towards the lower right corner.
PIA18295:
Translucent Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-01 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows that Enceladus (visible in the lower-left corner of the image) is but a speck before enormous Saturn, but even a small moon can generate big waves of excitement throughout the scientific community.
PIA18296:
Mighty Little Dot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Saturn is circled by its rings (nearly edge-on in this image), as well as by the moons Tethys (the large bright body near the lower right corner) and Mimas (seen as a slight crescent against Saturn's disk above the rings).
PIA18288:
Circling Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Nature is an artist, and this time she seems to have let her paints swirl together a bit. What the viewer might perceive to be Saturn's surface captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter is really just the tops of its uppermost cloud layers.
PIA18290:
Mixing Paints
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-10 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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NASA's Cassini's radar instrument images show that a bright feature appeared in Kraken Mare, Titan's largest sea.
PIA19047:
Bright Feature Appears in Titan's Kraken Mare
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-10 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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NASA's Cassini radar data reveal the depth of a liquid methane/ethane sea on Saturn's moon Titan near the mouth of a large, flooded river valley.
PIA19046:
Plumbing Coastal Depths in Titan's Kraken Mare
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A new day dawns on Saturn as the part of the planet is seen emerging once more into the Sun's light by NASA's Cassini orbiter. With an estimated rotation period of 10 hours and 40 minutes, Saturn's days and nights are much shorter than those on Earth.
PIA18289:
Sunrise on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Tethys was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
PIA18439:
Color Maps of Tethys - 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Rhea was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
PIA18438:
Color Maps of Rhea - 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Mimas was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
PIA18437:
Color Maps of Mimas - 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Iapetus Cassini-Huygens
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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Iapetus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
PIA18436:
Color Maps of Iapetus - 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Enceladus was produced from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system.
PIA18435:
Color Maps of Enceladus - 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-04 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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This set of global, color mosaics of Saturn's moon Dione taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first ten years exploring the Saturn system; obvious feature on the maps is the difference in color and brightness between the two hemispheres.
PIA18434:
Color Maps of Dione - 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-03 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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The view from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Titan's crescent nearly encircling Saturn's disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere refracting the incoming light of the distant Sun.
PIA18291:
Mimicking the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-30 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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The view was obtained during NASA's Cassini orbiter's flyby on July 24, 2012, also called the 'T85' flyby by the Cassini team. This was the most intense specular reflection that Cassini had seen to date.
PIA18433:
Sunglint on a Hydrocarbon Lake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-30 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This near-infrared, color view from NASA'S Cassini orbiter shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas.
PIA18432:
Specular Spectacular
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows befitting moons named for brothers, Prometheus and Epimetheus. Both are small, icy moons that orbit near the main rings of Saturn.
PIA18286:
A Forethought and an Afterthought
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-20 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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The moons visible in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Pandora and Atlas, are quite small by astronomical standards, but the rings are also enormous. From one side of the planet to the other, the A ring stretches over 170,000 miles (270,000 km).
PIA18279:
Mini Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-13 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18284:
Stuck on the Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Although it looks like a simple hexagon, this feature surrounding Saturn's north pole is really a manifestation of a meandering polar jet stream. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18287:
Wavy Polar Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-01 Titan Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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These two views of Saturn's moon Titan show the southern polar vortex, a huge, swirling cloud that was first observed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012.
PIA18431:
Spectral Map of Titan with Polar Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-29 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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These three images, created from NASA's Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.
PIA18430:
Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18280:
Painted Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-22 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a rare family photo of three of Saturn's moons that couldn't be more different from each other. Shown here are Tethys (center), Hyperion (upper left), and Prometheus (lower left).
PIA18283:
The Odd Trio
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-15 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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A thin sliver of Mimas, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, is illuminated, the long shadows showing off its many craters, indicators of the moon's violent history.
PIA18285:
Crescent Mimas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-08 Pan Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's innermost moon Pan orbits the giant planet seemingly alone in a ring gap its own gravity creates. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, this image.
PIA18281:
Pan Alone in the Gap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-03 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Scientists modeled how methane rainfall runoff would interact with the porous, icy crust of Saturn's moon Titan and found that a subsurface methane 'aquifer' might have its composition changed over time due to the formation of materials called clathrates.
PIA18417:
Titan's Subsurface Reservoirs (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-02 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies Mimas, positioned against the shadow of Saturn's rings, bright on dark. As we near summer in Saturn's northern hemisphere, the rings cast ever larger shadows on the planet.
PIA18282:
Dot Against the Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-25 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Although it appears empty from a distance, the Encke gap in Saturn's A ring has three ringlets threaded through it, two of which are visible here from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18277:
Clumpy Ringlets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Although all four giant planets have ring systems, Saturn's is by far the most massive and impressive, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18278:
Ring King
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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As NASA's Cassini spacecraft sped away from Titan following a relatively close flyby, its cameras monitored the moon's northern polar region, capturing signs of renewed cloud activity.
PIA18421:
Northern Clouds Return to Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-12 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This frame from an animated sequence of NASA's Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan known as Ligeia Mare.
PIA18420:
Clouds Over Ligeia Mare on Titan Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-11 Pandora Cassini-Huygens
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The F ring shepherd Pandora is captured here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft along with other well-known examples of Saturn's moons shaping the rings.
PIA18271:
Shepherd and Flock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Like a giant eye for the giant planet, Saturn's great vortex at its north pole appears to stare back at Cassini as NASA's Cassini spacecraft stares at it.
PIA18273:
The Eye of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's rendering shows a regional cross-section of the ice shell underlying Enceladus' south polar terrain, illustrating our current knowledge of the physical and thermal structure and processes ongoing below and at the surface.
PIA17190:
What Lies Beneath: Regional View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's rendering shows a cross-section of the ice shell immediately beneath one of Enceladus' geyser-active fractures, illustrating the physical and thermal structure and the processes ongoing below and at the surface.
PIA17189:
What Lies Beneath: Close Up View (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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On this polar stereographic map of Enceladus' south polar terrain, all 100 geysers have been plotted whose source locations have been determined in NASA's Cassini's imaging survey of the moon's geyser basin.
PIA17188:
Surveyor's Map of Enceladus' Geyser Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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This plot shows the variation in brightness of the plume of material, composed of all the geysers erupting from the south polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as a function of the moon's orbital position around Saturn.
PIA17187:
Enceladus' Plume Brightness Variations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This graphic shows a 3-D model of 98 geysers whose source locations and tilts were found in a NASA Cassini imaging survey of Enceladus' south polar terrain by the method of triangulation.
PIA17186:
Geyser Basin in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus, was taken as Cassini was looking across the moon's south pole.
PIA17184:
Encroaching Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This dramatic view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks across the region of Enceladus' geyser basin and down on the ends of the Baghdad and Damascus fractures that face Saturn.
PIA17183:
Elevated View of Enceladus' South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-28 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Tethys, like many moons in the solar system, keeps one face pointed towards the planet around which it orbits. Tethys' anti-Saturn face is seen here, fully illuminated, basking in sunlight.
PIA18275:
Tethys in Sunlight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn appears to NASA's Cassini's cameras as a thin, sunlit crescent in this unearthly view. Citizens of Earth, being so much closer to the Sun than Saturn, never get to enjoy a view of Saturn like this without the aid of our robot envoys.
PIA18276:
Saturn Imitates the Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-14 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft within the vast expanse of Saturn's rings, Prometheus appears as little more than a dot. But that little moon still manages to shape the F ring, confining it to its narrow domain.
PIA18272:
A Dot Does a Lot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-07 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn's north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.
PIA18274:
Vortex and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-30 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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As seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the surface of Dione is covered in craters, reminding us of the impacts that have shaped all of the worlds of our solar system; the surface also bears linear features that suggest geological activity in the past.
PIA17166:
Dione, Face On
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-23 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Only a sharp and careful eye can make out the subtle variations in Titan's clouds when viewed in visible light by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This infrared image clearly reveals a band around the Titan's north pole.
PIA17168:
Subtle Titan
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a glimpse of the moon Atlas shortly after emerging from Saturn's shadow.
PIA17167:
Emerging from Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-11 Phoebe Cassini-Huygens
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The image on the left shows Cassini's view on approach to Phoebe, while the right shows the spacecraft's departing perspective. As it entered the Saturn system, NASA's Cassini spacecraft performed its first targeted flyby of one of the planet's moons.
PIA18411:
Arrival and Departure at Phoebe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-09 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Prometheus is caught in the act of creating gores and streamers in the F ring. Scientists believe that Prometheus and its partner-moon Pandora are responsible for much of the structure in the F ring as shown by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA18270:
Gored of the Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-02 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Titan's polar vortex stands illuminated where all else is in shadow in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17169:
High Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-27 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Artist's rendering of NASA's Cassini spacecraft observing a sunset through Titan's hazy atmosphere.
PIA18410:
Cassini Observes Sunsets on Titan (Artist's Rendering)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-26 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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Dione's large crater, Evander, appears here half in shadow, throwing its topography into sharp relief as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17165:
Evander Half in Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-19 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Tethys' trailing side shows two terrains that tell a story of a rough past. To the north (up, in image) is older, rougher terrain, while to the south is new material dubbed 'smooth plains' by scientists. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17164:
Tethys' Terrains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This view, acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, looks toward the unilluminated side of Saturn's rings from about 47 degrees below the ringplane.
PIA17143:
Still Alive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-05 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. Titan's south polar vortex mimics the moon itself, creating an elegant crescent within a crescent.
PIA17163:
Titan's Crescents
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-01 Uranus Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft features a blue planet, Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. Uranus is a pale blue in this natural color image because its visible atmosphere contains methane gas and few aerosols or clouds.
PIA17178:
Blue Orb on the Horizon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-28 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's rings cast shadows on the planet, except their shadows appear to be inside out in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17162:
Me and My Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-21 Pan Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Pan, named for the Greek god of shepherds, rules over quite a different domain: the Encke gap in Saturn's rings. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17161:
God of the Gap
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn's A ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.
PIA18078:
Commotion at Ring's Edge May Be Effect of Small Icy Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's winds race furiously around the planet, blowing at high speeds which form distinct belts and zones which encircle the planet's pole, as well as its famous hexagon as seen in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17160:
Circles on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-07 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers down though layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan's northern regions. Titan has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth's, but instead of water, Titan's lakes and seas are filled with liquid methane and ethane.
PIA17159:
Looking Down on Lakes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-03 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Deep Space Network (DSN)
Imaging Science Subsystem
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Gravity measurements by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network suggest that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which has jets of water vapor and ice gushing from its south pole, also harbors a large interior ocean beneath an ice shell.
PIA18071:
Ocean Inside Saturn's Moon Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-31 Prometheus Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moon Prometheus orbits near some of its handiwork in the F ring in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Prometheus and its partner Pandora gravitationally sculpt and maintain the narrow F ring.
PIA17158:
Prometheus' Handiwork
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring's shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn) as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17157:
Four Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn, which appears as only a thin, lit crescent, broken only by the shadows of its rings, poses gracefully for NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras.
PIA17156:
Crescent Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This artist's concept shows a possible model of Titan's internal structure that incorporates data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. A model of Cassini is shown making a targeted flyby over Titan's cloudtops; Saturn and Enceladus appear at upper right.
PIA14445:
Layers of Titan (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-10 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
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A nearly full Rhea shines in the sunlight in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Rhea (949 miles, or 1,527 kilometers across) is Saturn's second largest moon.
PIA17155:
Rhea's Day in the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-03 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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Among the interplay of Saturn's shadow and rings, Mimas, which appears in the lower-right corner of the image, orbits Saturn as a set of the ever-intriguing spokes appear in the B ring (to the right of center) in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17154:
Shadows and Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's D ring is easy to overlook since it's trapped between the brighter C ring and the planet itself. In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all that can be seen of the D ring is the faint and narrow arc as it stretches from top right of the ima
PIA17150:
Dusty D Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-17 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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Although the crack-like features seen here on Dione's surface appear wispy and faded, they are in reality a series of geologically fresh fractures as seen in this images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17149:
The Wisps of Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
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Ultraviolet and infrared images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope show active and quiet auroras at Saturn's north and south poles.
PIA17900:
Dance of Saturn's Auroras Animation Icon
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