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Saturnian Moon and Rings

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Saturnian Moon and Rings

When can a robot produce

When it glides past the
rings of Saturn.

As the robot spacecraft Cassini orbiting
crossed outside the famous photogenic ring plane of the
expansive planet, the rings were imaged from the outside,
nearly edge on, and in the
shadow of Saturn.

From the upper left, ring features include the
A ring, the Cassini gap, the
B ring, and the darker
C ring that includes the
Titan gap and a
gap yet unnamed.

Last month when the
above image was taken, the gliding spacecraft was about one million kilometers from foreground
a small Saturnian moon
only about 500 kilometers across.

Cassini is scheduled to continue its 70 orbit tour of
Saturn over the next three years, sending back
images of the gas giant,
its rings, and its moons that will be studied for decades to come.

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