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Slightly Beneath Saturn's Ring Plane

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Slightly Beneath Saturn's Ring Plane

When orbiting Saturn, be sure to watch for
breathtaking superpositions of
rings, and

One such
>picturesque vista was visible recently to the
>robot Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn.

In late February, Cassini captured
the second largest moon of Saturn,
while looking up from slightly beneath Saturn's expansive
ring plane.

>Signature dark gaps are visible in the nearly edge-on rings.

A shadow of
Saturn's F ring
cuts across the cratered ice-moon.

Cassini is >scheduled to continue sending back images from the orbit of Saturn until at least 2008.

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