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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-24 Pan Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's moon Pan is seen here orbiting within the Encke Gap in Saturn's A ring in two differently processed versions of the same image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA07528:
Revealing Pan's Influence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft swung in close to Saturn as it rounded the planet's night side, beginning another orbit and moving to progressively higher elevations in order to study the rings.
PIA07532:
Toward the Dayside
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-08 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Three of Saturn's icy moons are seen here, along with the magnificent water-ice rings and the cold gaseous envelope of the planet's atmosphere. This image was taken in visible green light with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera on June 1, 2005.
PIA07538:
Saturn's Icy Realm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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When NASA's Cassini gazes down at Saturn's rings with the Sun directly behind the spacecraft, an unusual phenomenon called the 'opposition effect' can be seen. The effect is visible here as a bright region, near right, toward the inner edge of the A ring.
PIA07543:
Rings At Opposition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-19 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The majesty of Saturn overwhelms in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Saturn's moon Tethys glides past in its orbit, and the icy rings mask the frigid northern latitudes with their shadows.
PIA07545:
Fantasy Made Real
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-27 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the unlit side of Saturn's splendid rings made visible by sunlight filtering through the rings from the lit side.
PIA07551:
Dim on the Darkside
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Far above the howling winds of Saturn, its icy moons circle the planet in silence. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Mimas near the upper right, while Tethys hovers at the bottom.
PIA07553:
Wind World
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-26 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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The tortured southern polar terrain of Saturn's moon Enceladus appears strewn with great boulders of ice in these two fantastic views -- the highest resolution images obtained so far by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of any world.
PIA06250:
Boulder-Strewn Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-26 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This wide-angle view is one of the highest resolution images yet acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and shows what appears to be a geologically youthful, tectonically fractured terrain.
PIA06251:
Boulder-Strewn Surface -- Wide Angle Camera View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-03 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The 'opposition effect' can be seen in this image of Saturn's B ring from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The bright spot occurs where the angle between the spacecraft, the Sun and the rings is near zero.
PIA07556:
Opposition View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the unlit face of Saturn's rings, visible via scattered and transmitted light.
PIA07559:
Luminescent Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-09 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn poses with Tethys in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The C ring casts thin, string-like shadows on the northern hemisphere. Above that lurks the shadow of the much denser B ring.
PIA07560:
Saturn and Tethys
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-19 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This close-up view is NASA's Cassini spacecraft's best look yet at Saturn's tenuous innermost D ring. The narrow ringlet visible here is named 'D68' and is the innermost discrete feature in the D ring.
PIA07568:
D is for "Dust"
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-22 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Swirling cloud bands, delicate ring shadows and icy moons make the Saturn system a place of supreme natural beauty. Even NASA's Cassini spacecraft's remarkable images can only provide the slightest sense of the experience of actually being there.
PIA07569:
Supreme Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-25 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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As NASA's Cassini spacecraft approached Titan on Aug. 21, 2005, it captured this natural color view of the moon's orange, global smog.
PIA07729:
Looking on the Brightside of Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-25 Titan Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This processed image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's flyby of Titan reveals mid-latitudes on the moon's Saturn-facing side. Bazaruto Facula is visible with a dark unnamed crater at its center.
PIA07730:
Titan's Sideways Cipher
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-31 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The extreme contrast in this view of the unlit side of Saturn's rings captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft is intentional. Contrast-enhanced views like this are used to look for spokes, but so far, none have been seen by Cassini.
PIA07576:
On the Lookout for Spokes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-02 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This magnificent view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks down upon, and partially through, Saturn's rings from their unlit side. The densest part of the rings occults the bright globe of Saturn.
PIA07578:
Diagnostic Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-13 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This infrared view of Saturn's southern hemisphere shows the bright, high altitude equatorial band at the top, and the dark bull's-eye that marks the planet's south pole. This image was taken with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera.
PIA07585:
Image Compression
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The latitude bands and swirling storms of Saturn, always intriguing to scientists, often are exquisitely beautiful as well. This image was taken in visible light with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera on July 31, 2005.
PIA07588:
Vortex Variety
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-20 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This frame from a movie, shows Saturn's rotation in three different spectral filters, demonstrates NASA's Cassini spacecraft's ability to probe various levels within the planet's outer cloud layers.
PIA07590:
Three Views of Saturn (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-16 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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After much anticipation, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has finally spotted the elusive spokes in Saturn's rings. Spokes are the ghostly radial markings discovered in the rings by NASA's Voyager spacecraft 25 years ago.
PIA07731:
Finally . . . Spokes!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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These two images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, taken 23 minutes apart, show many vortices and turbulent wakes in Saturn's atmosphere. They also show the overall filamentary structure of the flow in the atmosphere.
PIA07594:
"2-D" Flow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This view of Saturn's rings captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals not one but two of the four narrow ringlets in the Encke Gap (325 kilometers, or 200 miles, wide). The innermost of the two ringlets is much brighter and full of clumps.
PIA07595:
Clumps for Encke
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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There is much to examine in close-ups of Saturn's atmosphere, like this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists are interested in the bright, turbulent-looking, thin boundary between the large-scale features in the upper half of image.
PIA07599:
Saturnian Meteorology
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The thin and meandering ribbon-like filaments seen here are indicative of two-dimensional turbulence. This image was taken with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera on Aug. 20, 2005.
PIA07605:
Mesmerizing Meanders
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-17 Dione Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Speeding toward pale, icy Dione, Cassini's view is enriched by the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn in the distance. The horizontal stripes near the bottom of the image are Saturn's rings.
PIA07744:
Ringside with Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-17 Dione Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Zooming in closer and closer, this frame from a movie chronicles NASA's Cassini spacecraft targeted flyby of Dione, with Saturn and its lovely rings forming a dramatic backdrop.
PIA07749:
Ice Moon Rendezvous Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft close looks at Saturn to frame a view encompassing the entire C ring. In the dark region closer to the planet lies the much dimmer D ring. The bright B ring wraps around the left side of the scene.
PIA07613:
Framing the C Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-04 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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In this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's moon Mimas is a mere pinprick of light, while the nearly edge-on rings and the ghostly globe of Saturn steal the scene.
PIA07624:
Bright Rings for Southern Skies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-11 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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From Saturn orbit, NASA's Cassini spacecraft provides a perspective on the ringed planet that is never seen from Earth. In our skies, Saturn's disk is always nearly fully illuminated by the sun. From this vantage point Cassini can see both hemispheres.
PIA07629:
A Privileged View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-23 Dione Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft prepared for its rendezvous with Saturn's moon, Dione, on Oct. 11, 2005, capturing the brilliant, cratered iceball in front of its shadow-draped planet.
PIA07637:
On Approach to Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This brooding portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the southwest limb (edge) of the cold gas giant and the thread-like cloud features lurking there.
PIA07646:
Pensive Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-08 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Feathery cloud bands fill Saturn's crescent in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Features in the atmosphere are visible all the way to the terminator, the boundary between night and day, where the Sun's rays are coming in almost horizontally.
PIA07648:
Clear Sky on High
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-06 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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In the nick of time, NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped this image of the eastern rim of Saturn's moon Rhea's bright, ray crater. The impact event appears to have made a prominent bright splotch on the leading hemisphere of Rhea.
PIA07764:
Catch that Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-06 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows craters within craters cover the scarred face of Saturn's moon Rhea in this oblique, high-resolution view of terrain on the moon's western hemisphere.
PIA07765:
Craters, Craters Everywhere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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A gorgeous close-up from NASA's Cassini spacecraft at the Saturnian atmosphere reveals small, bright and puffy clouds with long filamentary streamers that are reminiscent of the anvil-shaped Earthly cirrus clouds that extend downwind of thunderstorms.
PIA07650:
Movement in the Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's rings throw imposing shadows and relegate parts of the planet's northern regions to darkness. Three thin and bright arcs in this scene captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft represent three well-known gaps in the immense ring system.
PIA07652:
Gaps in the Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-16 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Sunlight reflects off the bright, frozen surfaces of the billions and billions of particles comprising Saturn's rings to brighten the planet's southern skies. Particles in Saturn's rings are too small to be seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in this image.
PIA07654:
One Moon Among Billions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-20 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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An oval-shaped feature, wider than Earth and with streamers extending out to the east and west, swirls in Saturn's southern hemisphere. This image was taken in wavelengths of polarized infrared light with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera.
PIA07656:
Storm Down Under
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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In this magnificent view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, delicate haze layers high in the atmosphere encircle the oblate figure of Saturn.
PIA07669:
Seeing High in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Cool and icy Dione floats in front of giant Saturn bedecked in a dazzling array of colors in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA07771:
Dazzling Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Few sights in the solar system are more strikingly beautiful than softly hued Saturn embraced by the shadows of its stately rings.
PIA07772:
The Face of Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Carina Nebula Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft briefly turned its gaze from Saturn and its rings and moons to marvel at the Carina Nebula, a brilliant region 8,000 light years from our solar system and more than 200 light years across.
PIA07773:
Cassini's Galactic Aspirations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-12 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This moody portrait of Saturn captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter shows a razor-thin ringplane bisecting the clouds of the bright equatorial region. The rings cast dark, shadowy bands onto the planet's northern latitudes.
PIA07673:
Tilted Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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As the ringed giant tugged on NASA's Cassini spacecraft, urging it to make yet another orbit, the intrepid spacecraft took in this all-encompassing panorama.
PIA07676:
Slightly Sideways Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-07 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looked toward the darkened night side of Saturn to capture the eerie glow of the rings, which, not being blocked by the planet's bulk, remained brilliant in full sunlight.
PIA07695:
Rings Against a Dark Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-13 Titan Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This view of Titan, captured by NASA's Cassini spacraft on Dec. 26. 2005, reveals structure in the moon's complex atmosphere.
PIA07700:
Titanic Complexity (Color)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-13 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This view of Titan reveals structure in the moon's complex atmosphere. The geometry of NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view of Titan during this flyby was similar to that of Voyager 1's pass in 1980.
PIA07701:
Titanic Complexity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-07 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's moon Enceladus hangs like a single bright pearl against the golden-brown canvas of Saturn and its icy rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08128:
A Pearl at Dusk
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-29 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward giant Saturn and its moon Tethys, while a large and powerful storm rages in the planet's southern hemisphere. The storm was observed by the Cassini spacecraft beginning in late Jan. 2006.
PIA08144:
The Storm Continues
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-18 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The tilted crescent of Saturn displays lacy cloud bands here along with a bright equatorial region and threadlike ring shadows on the northern hemisphere as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08159:
A Complex Crescent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This view of the ringed planet shows its tilt relative to the plane of its orbit around the Sun as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08160:
Viewing Saturn from the Plane
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-27 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Dreamy colors ranging from pale rose to butterscotch to sapphire give this utterly inhospitable gas planet a romantic appeal. Shadows of the rings caress the northern latitudes whose blue color is presumed to be a seasonal effect as seen by NASA's Cassini
PIA08166:
Saturn's Subtle Spectrum
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-25 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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This view of the faint E ring - a ring feature now known to be created by Enceladus - also shows two of Saturn's small moons that orbit within the ring, among a field of stars in the background. This image was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08163:
The Enceladus Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-01 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This remarkably detailed view of Saturn's clouds reveals waves at the northern boundary of the bright equatorial zone, presumably associated both with the strong wind shear there. This image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on March 16, 2006.
PIA08168:
Waves and Shear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-02 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The soft, sweeping shadows of Saturn's C ring cover bright patches of clouds in the planet's atmosphere. The shadow-throwing rings stretch across the view at bottom. The dark inner edge of the B ring is visible at top as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08191:
Shadow Strands
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-06 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini finds artistic harmony in the dark and icy realm of Saturn. The dim, unlit side of the rings is shown here. The narrow F ring appears bright when seen from angles near the plane of the rings.
PIA08193:
Arc and Crescent (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-21 Titan Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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During a recent flyby of Titan, NASA's Cassini spacecraft looked beyond the utterly overcast moon and spied clear, distant Rhea in the blackness.
PIA08204:
From Cloudy to Clear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini images of Saturn's dynamic atmosphere, like this view, will be combined with data from the spacecraft's two infrared-sensing instruments to measure correlations among cloud features at many altitudes and infer heat flow across the planet.
PIA08212:
Clues in the Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft takes in a wide-angle view of majestic, golden-hued Saturn ... home to our robotic spacecraft for two years now. The ringplane cuts across the center of Saturn's crescent which wears shadows cast by the icy rings.
PIA08213:
The Golden Giant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-22 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The slim crescent of the moon Rhea glides silently onto the featureless, golden face of Saturn in this mesmerizing color movie. Images were acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera, at a distance close to 221,000 kilometers from Rhea.
PIA07806:
Rhea Transits Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-24 Epimetheus Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The shadow of Epimetheus, one of Saturn's co-orbital moons, races across the planet's restless cloud tops. This image was taken with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light.
PIA08227:
Shade from Epimetheus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-28 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Prominent dark areas found in the Titan's equatorial region appear to contain vast and continuous dune fields, discovered by NASA's Cassini Radar experiment and likely composed of particles that drop from Titan's unique, smoggy atmosphere.
PIA08231:
Saturn's View of Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This infrared view from NASA's Cassini looks toward middle to high northern latitudes on Saturn, revealing entrancing meanders in the clouds. The cloud patterns transition from puffier looking in the south to smoother oval shapes in the north
PIA08232:
View to the North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-26 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a ghostly white streak, called a spoke, in Saturn's B ring. This is the first sighting of a spoke in nearly a year, and the first spoke seen by Cassini on the sunlit side of the rings.
PIA07807:
Spokes Sighted Again!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's low density and fast rotation combine to give it its characteristic oblate shape. The dramatic crescent captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft demonstrates how the ringed planet is much wider at the equator than at the poles.
PIA08242:
Flattened Crescent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-18 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This remarkably clear view from that flyby shows the moon's characteristically dark mid-latitudes, and more southern terrain than NASA's Cassini spacecraft has usually been able to glimpse.
PIA08246:
Outbound View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Two images of Saturn's A and B ring showcase the opposition effect, a brightness surge that is visible on Saturn's rings when the Sun is directly behind NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08247:
Opposition Surge on the A Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Two images of Saturn's A and B ring showcase the opposition effect, a brightness surge that is visible on Saturn's rings when the Sun is directly behind NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08248:
Opposition Surge on the B Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-23 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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With Saturn's terminator as a backdrop, this view from NASA's Cassini shows the unlit face of the rings making it easy to distinguish between areas that are actual gaps, where light passes through essentially unimpeded.
PIA08250:
Seeing the Difference
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The night skies of Saturn are graced by the planet's dazzling rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08252:
Night on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-28 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks down onto the unlit side of Saturn's ringplane. It nicely shows a near-arm/far-arm brightness asymmetry in the B ring.
PIA08253:
Saturn Shine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-06 Pleiades Cassini-Huygens
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The stars of the Pleiades cluster, also known by the names 'M45' and 'the Seven Sisters,' shine brightly in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08260:
The Seven Sisters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's B and C rings disappear behind the immense planet. Where they meet the limb, the rings appear to bend slightly owing to upper-atmospheric refraction as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08265:
Saturn Hides the Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-14 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A brilliant spot of sunlight, the opposition effect, travels outward across the rings as NASA's Cassini spacecraft orbits Saturn. This surge in ring brightness is created around the point directly opposite the Sun from the spacecraft.
PIA08267:
Surging Onward Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-18 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This moody true color portrait of Saturn shows a world that can, at times, seem as serene and peaceful as it is frigid and hostile. This image was acquired with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera on Aug. 18, 2006.
PIA08271:
Shadow and Shade
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-19 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's shadow cuts sharply across the rings in this remarkable night side view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08270:
The Beauty of Night
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-19 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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Wispy fingers of bright, icy material reach tens of thousands of kilometers outward from Saturn's moon Enceladus into the E ring, while the moon's active south polar jets continue to fire away. Image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08321:
Ghostly Fingers of Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-19 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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A new diffuse ring, coincident with the orbits of Saturn's moon's Janus and Epimetheus, has been revealed in ultra-high phase angle views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08322:
The Janus/Epimetheus Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-19 Earth Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini casts powerful eyes on our home planet, and captures Earth, a pale blue orb, and a faint suggestion of our moon, among the glories of the Saturn system in this image taken Sept. 15, 2006.
PIA08323:
Pale Blue Orb
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-19 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Cassini casts powerful eyes on our home planet, and captures Earth, a pale blue orb -- and a faint suggestion of our moon -- among the glories of the Saturn system.
PIA08324:
Pale Blue Orb
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-21 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Titan's murky atmosphere shines as a halo of scattered light in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 10, 2006.
PIA08268:
Titan's Halo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-20 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's clouds billow and swirl in the turbulent zones of shear between eastward- and westward-flowing jets. This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the terminator on Saturn, where night gives way to day.
PIA08263:
Clouds at Dawn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-22 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft presents a tempestuous scene in which the clouds of Saturn's bright equatorial region entwine with those in darker, southerly latitudes.
PIA08272:
Blustery Bands
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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With no solid land to obstruct their progress, dark vortices often roll through Saturn's atmosphere for months or years, before merging with other vortices as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08274:
Long-lived Vortices
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This wide and sweeping view of the sunlit rings of Saturn takes in the impressive variety in their structure in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08275:
So Much to See
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-03 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Although difficult to see at first, more than one moon is at work sculpting Saturn's rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08279:
Two Sculptors
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-06 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Sunlight filters through Saturn's rings in sepia tones in this artful view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the dark side of the rings.
PIA08282:
The Color of Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-11 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, acquired with the sun almost directly behind Saturn, reveals a previously unknown faint ring of material coincident with the orbit of the small moon Pallene.
PIA08328:
Moon-Made Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-11 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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With giant Saturn hanging in the blackness and sheltering NASA's Cassini from the sun's blinding glare, the spacecraft viewed the rings as never before, revealing previously unknown faint rings and even glimpsing its home world.
PIA08329:
In Saturn's Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes down through the dark side of Saturn's rings toward the softly glowing planet. The night side southern hemisphere is lit by sunlight reflecting off the opposite side of the rings.
PIA08298:
Through the Blinds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-02 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's rings are dark and elusive in this view from high above the ringplane, but their shadows on the planet give them away as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08301:
Dim Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-03 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This contrast-enhanced view shows a faint spoke in Saturn's B ring. These ghostly radial structures were imaged by NASA's Voyager spacecraft in the 1980s.
PIA08302:
Spoke Sighting
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-07 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's fine, innermost rings are seen silhouetted against the southern hemisphere of the planet before partially disappearing into shadow as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08304:
Golden Night on Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-09 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft stares deep into the swirling hurricane-like vortex at Saturn's south pole, where the vertical structure of the clouds is highlighted by shadows.
PIA08332:
Looking Saturn in the Eye Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-01 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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From its unique perspective high above the planet, NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks down upon Saturn's murky northern hemisphere.
PIA08822:
On High
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-15 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's sunlit rings gleam in the blackness as two icy moons cruise past in the foreground as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08837:
Encircling Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-04 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Myriad dark vortices, some large and some small, twirl in the high southern latitudes of Saturn. At left, the south polar vortex spins at the center of it all. This image was taken with NASA's Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera on June 23, 2008.
PIA10439:
Dance of the Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-19 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks down at the unlit side of the rings as Pan heads into Saturn's shadow. The moon is accompanied by faint ringlets in the Encke Gap.
PIA08826:
Pan Speeds into Darkness
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