Stunning New Pictures of Saturn

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NASA recently unveiled some amazing pictures of Saturn, taken by space probe Cassini, which has been circling the ringed-planet for the last five years.

Though Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, was launched in October 1997, it didn't reach its destination until June, 2004. Along the way, it sent equally stunning pictures of the Earth, Mars and Jupiter.

Cassini's initial four-year mission, scheduled to end in 2008, was to provide a detailed study of the planet and its rings and satellites. The mission was such a great success that NASA extended it to September 2010, in order to continue studying the Planet and also observe the Equinox in August 2009, when sunlight will pass directly through the plane of its rings.

With additional startling discoveries being made all the time, NASA scientists are now pushing for yet another extension - this time all the way to 2017. Doing this will provide them data that will span a total of 13 years, or about half the time it takes the ringed planet to orbit the Sun.

This will help the researchers to study the effects of the seasonal changes on Saturn, its rings and two moons, Titan and Enceladus.

If NASA does extend the mission, we can be assured of another seven years of amazing pictures from this robotic space probe - the genius work of NASA scientists!

Sources: Space.com

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31 Comments
  • csdadaiujThursday, May 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm
    so Cassini actually ripped part of the moon?
    • mortyissman
      mortyissmanFriday, October 13, 2017 at 9:16 am
      i luv space its so beautifl
      • Genius Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 8:36 am
        I watch a TV show and it said that Enceladus has an ocean under the ice covering and there are geysers of water that erupt and turn into ice as soon as it hits the air. Also it's making another ring of Saturn right now!
        • diamondkid
          diamondkidSaturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:35 am
          Cool!
          • CL Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm
            Saturn
            • ashlynn1234Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm
              so cool. but these pics are so fake!
              • lionsrcute1
                lionsrcute1Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 9:15 am
                I think that that isn't mostly true... they most likely took a picture, but then made it clearer with the computer.
                • susie
                  susieWednesday, November 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm
                  they might not be, but i think so too
                • ChristanMonday, March 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm
                  omg.that is so cool I have to get a picture of that from the printer.
                  • zelMonday, February 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm
                    omg this is like the best for my project !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • CheeseTuesday, December 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm
                      Wow
                      • shawnMonday, November 8, 2010 at 7:46 am
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