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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the near-infrared images in this mosaic on June 29, 2017, as it raced toward the gap between Saturn and its rings.
PIA21622:
Cassini Near-Infrared "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon, where a thin haze can be seen along the limb.
PIA21621:
Haze on the Horizon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This colorful spectrogram represents data collected by the Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument onboard NASA's Cassini's spacecraft as it crossed through Saturn's D ring on May 28, 2017.
PIA21620:
Cassini's First D-Ring Crossing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Recent images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show features in Saturn's C ring called 'plateaus' revealing a streaky texture that is very different from the textures of the regions around them.
PIA21619:
More Textures in the C Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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The central feature in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is called Plateau P1. Plateau regions are brighter than their surroundings, and have sharp edges.
PIA21618:
Textures in the C Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This mosaic combines views captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it made the first dive of the mission's Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere.
PIA21617:
Cassini "Noodle" Mosaic of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from above the ringplane. Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn.
PIA21339:
Ring-Bow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-17 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Enceladus' intriguing south-polar jets are viewed by NASA's Cassini spacecraft from afar, backlit by sunlight while the moon itself glows softly in reflected Saturn-shine.
PIA21338:
Jets from a Distance
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-10 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet's wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21336:
Dawn's Early Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-03 Epimetheus Cassini-Huygens
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This zoomed-in view of Epimetheus, one of the highest resolution ever taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows a surface covered in craters, vivid reminders of the hazards of space.
PIA21335:
Zoom-in on Epimetheus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-28 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This montage of views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three of Saturn's small ring moons: Atlas (top), Daphnis (middle) and Pan (bottom) at the same scale for ease of comparison.
PIA21449:
Small Wonders
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.
PIA21334:
Saturnian Dawn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-19 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Many of the features seen in Saturn's rings are shaped by the planet's moons. This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows two different effects of moons that cause waves in the A ring and kinks in a faint ringlet.
PIA21333:
Grooves and Kinks in the Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-14 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.
PIA21615:
Northern Summer on Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-13 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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The northern and southern hemispheres of Saturn's moon Mimas are seen in these polar stereographic maps, mosaicked from the best-available images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA17215:
Mimas Polar Maps - June 2017
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-13 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This global map of Saturn's moon Mimas was created using images taken during NASA's Cassini spacecraft flybys. The moon's large, distinguishing crater, Herschel, is seen on the map at left.
PIA17214:
Mimas Global Map - June 2017
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-12 Iapetus Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn-facing hemisphere of Iapetus. Cassini Regio on Iapetus is covered in a layer of dark, dusty material creating a stark contrast to the much brighter region that surrounds it.
PIA21332:
Puzzled Iapetus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-05 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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From high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes over the planet's north pole, with its intriguing hexagon and bullseye-like central vortex.
PIA21331:
Mimas Dwarfed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-30 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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Working with image data from NASA's Cassini mission, researchers have found evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus may have tipped over, reorienting itself so that terrain closer to its original equator was relocated to the poles.
PIA21612:
Wandering Poles of Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-29 Daphnis Cassini-Huygens
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This close-up view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the Keeler Gap, which is near the outer edge of Saturn's main rings, shows in great detail just how much the moon Daphnis affects the edges of the gap.
PIA21329:
Waving Goodbye
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-24 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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These natural color views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft compare the appearance of Saturn's north-polar region in June 2013 and April 2017.
PIA21611:
Saturn's Hexagon as Summer Solstice Approaches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-22 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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The low angle of sunlight along the slim crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus highlights the many fractures and furrows on its icy surface, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21330:
Slim Crescent of Ice
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-15 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn's season advances toward northern summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21328:
Short Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is the sharpest ever taken of belts of the features called propellers in the middle part of Saturn's A ring. The propellers are the small, bright features that look like double dashes.
PIA21448:
Propeller Belts of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Cassini's best image of the propeller feature known informally as Bleriot. Bleriot is the largest of the propellers in Saturn's rings.
PIA21447:
Bleriot Propeller Close-up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-09 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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As summer approaches in Titan's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring Titan, anticipating an increase in cloud activity at high northern latitudes.
PIA21610:
Titan's Northern Summer Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-09 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Imaging Science Subsystem
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This view was obtained during a distant flyby, above the moon's surface. Although NASA's Cassini will have no further close, targeted flybys of Titan, the spacecraft continues to observe the giant moon and its atmosphere from a distance.
PIA21450:
Cloud Bands Streak Across Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-08 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn. The region, in shadow for the first part of NASA's Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight.
PIA21327:
Hail the Hexagon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This frame from a movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as Cassini swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.
PIA21441:
Cassini's 'Porthole' Movie of Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-01 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Radio and Plasma Wave Science Instrument
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Comparison of data from NASA's Cassini's radio and plasma science instrument, which can detect ring particles striking the spacecraft as it crosses the plane of the rings, on Dec. 18, 2016 (at top) and on April 26, 2017 (at bottom).
PIA21446:
The Sound of Science: Comparison of Cassini Ring Crossings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-01 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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The north polar area of Enceladus, seen in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, is heavily cratered, an indication that the surface has not been renewed since quite long ago. But the south polar region shows signs of intense geologic activity
PIA21326:
North Pole of Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-24 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the low angle of the sun over Tethys' massive canyon, Ithaca Chasma (near the terminator, at right), highlights the contours of this enormous rift.
PIA20527:
Dark Chasm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-17 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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When imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft at infrared wavelengths that pierce the planet's upper haze layer, the high-speed winds of Saturn's atmosphere produce watercolor-like patterns.
PIA20528:
Watercolor World
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-13 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer
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This graphic illustrates how Cassini scientists think water interacts with rock at the bottom of the ocean of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, producing hydrogen gas.
PIA21442:
Enceladus Hydrothermal Activity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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Saturn's C ring isn't uniformly bright. Instead, about a dozen regions of the ring stand out as noticeably brighter than the rest of the ring, as shown here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20529:
Plateaus Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-03 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Although only a sliver of Saturn's sunlit face is visible in this view, the mighty gas giant planet still dominates the view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20530:
Sliver of Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The propeller informally named 'Earhart' is seen in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft at much higher resolution than ever before. In this view, half of the Encke Gap is visible as the dark region at right.
PIA21437:
'Earhart' Propeller in Saturn's A Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-27 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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What appears as a pair of bright dashes at the center of this image is one of the features rings scientists have dubbed 'propellers.' This image of Bleriot is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20525:
Checking in on Bleriot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-20 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed in on Saturn's A ring, revealing narrow, detailed structures that get even finer as the cameras' resolution increases.
PIA20526:
A Resolution
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-16 Pan Cassini-Huygens
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These two images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show how the spacecraft's perspective changed as it passed within 15,300 miles (24,600 kilometers) of Saturn's moon Pan on March 7, 2017, Cassini's closest encounter.
PIA21436:
Pan Revealed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-16 Pan Cassini-Huygens
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These stereo views, or anaglyphs, highlight the unusual, quirky shape of Saturn's moon Pan.This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA21435:
Pan Anaglyph (3-D)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-15 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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As it sped away from a relatively distant encounter with Titan on Feb. 17, 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this mosaic view of the moon's northern lakes and seas.
PIA21434:
Titan: Kraken and Ligeia In Sharper Focus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-14 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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Mimas' surface is pockmarked with countless craters, the largest of which gives the icy moon its distinctive appearance. This mosaic is one of the highest resolution views ever captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft of the icy moon.
PIA17213:
Farewell to Mimas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-13 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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Mimas' gigantic crater Herschel lies near the moon's limb in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20523:
The Big One
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-06 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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Enceladus is a world divided. To the north, NASA's Cassini spacecraft see copious amounts of craters and evidence of the many impacts the moon has suffered in its history. However, to the south we see a smoother body with wrinkles due to geologic activity
PIA20524:
Dichotomy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-02 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured these remarkable views of a propeller feature in Saturn's A ring on Feb. 21, 2017. These are the sharpest images taken of a propeller (nickedname 'Santos-Dumond') so far.
PIA21433:
Cassini Targets a Propeller in Saturn's A Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-27 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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The north pole of Saturn sits at the center of its own domain. Around it swirl the clouds, driven by the fast winds of Saturn, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20520:
At the Center
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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As NASA's Cassini spacecraft continues its weekly ring-grazing orbits, diving just past the outside of Saturn's F ring, it is tracking several small, persistent objects there.
PIA21432:
Hardy Objects in Saturn's F Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-20 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.
PIA20521:
Rays of Creusa
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-14 Daphnis Cassini-Huygens
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Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.
PIA17212:
The Realm of Daphnis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-13 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.
PIA20519:
F for Fabulous
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-06 Enceladus Cassini-Huygens
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Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20522:
Potentially Hospitable Enceladus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini image features a density wave in Saturn's A ring (at left) that lies around 134,500 km from Saturn. Density waves are accumulations of particles at certain distances from the planet.
PIA21060:
Moon Waves and Moon Wakes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini mission shows a region in Saturn's A ring. The view contains many small, bright blemishes due to cosmic rays and charged particle radiation near the planet.
PIA21059:
The Propeller Belts in Saturn's A Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before. And from this view, it is clear that there are still finer details to uncover.
PIA21058:
Saturn's B Ring, Finer Than Ever
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. The view here is of the outer edge of the B ring, at left, which is perturbed by the most powerful gravitational resonance in the rings.
PIA21057:
Straw in the B Ring's Edge
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.
PIA20514:
Coy Dione
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-23 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.
PIA20518:
Here's Looking at You, Tethys
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-18 Daphnis Cassini-Huygens
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The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.
PIA21056:
Daphnis Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-16 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This view, seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's daylit side, which no Earth-based telescope could capture. A spacecraft in orbit, like Cassini, can capture stunning scenes that would be impossible from our home planet.
PIA20517:
Peeking over Saturn's Shoulder
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-09 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20515:
Mimas' Mountain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-02 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.
PIA20516:
Send in the Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-26 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Sunlight truly has come to Saturn's north pole. The whole northern region is bathed in sunlight in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, late 2016, feeble though the light may be at Saturn's distant domain in the solar system.
PIA20513:
Basking in Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.
PIA21055:
Pandora Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-21 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This comparison of two views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, taken fairly close together in time, illustrates a peculiar mystery: Why would clouds on Saturn's moon Titan be visible in some images, but not in others?
PIA21054:
Titan's Mystery Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-19 Mimas Cassini-Huygens
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It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings
PIA20510:
Crash Course
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-12 Daphnis Cassini-Huygens
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Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.
PIA20511:
Watching the Wavemaker
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This collage of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere and rings as viewed with four different spectral filters; each is sensitive to different wavelengths of light and reveals clouds and hazes at different altitudes.
PIA21053:
Saturnian Hexagon Collage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-06 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft was obtained about two days before its first close pass by the outer edges of Saturn's main rings during its penultimate mission phase.
PIA21052:
Over Saturn's Turbulent North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-05 Hyperion Cassini-Huygens
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This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.
PIA20512:
Chaos at Hyperion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-28 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's icy moon Mimas is dwarfed by the planet's enormous rings as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20509:
Tiny Mimas, Huge Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-21 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.
PIA20508:
Faint F Ring and Prometheus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-14 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn's north polar region displaying its beautiful bands and swirls. Where they meet and flow past each other, the bands' interactions produce many eddies and swirls.
PIA20507:
Saturn's 'Watercolor' Swirls
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-07 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 24, 2016.
PIA20506:
Ring Details on Display
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-04 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 24, 2016.
PIA21051:
Watching Summer Clouds on Titan Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-31 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn appears as a serene globe amid tranquil rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. In reality, the planet's atmosphere is an ever-changing scene of high-speed winds and evolving weather patterns, punctuated by occasional large storms.
PIA20502:
View from Above
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-24 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's clouds are full of raw beauty, but they also represent a playground for a branch of physics called fluid dynamics, which seeks to understand the motion of gases and liquids. This image is from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20503:
Fluid Fantasy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-21 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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These two natural color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show the changing appearance of Saturn's north polar region between 2012 and 2016.
PIA21049:
Changing Colors in Saturn's North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-17 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Pandora, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in isolation beside Saturn's kinked and constantly changing F ring.
PIA20504:
Lonely Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-10 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks down at the rings of Saturn from above the planet's nightside. The darkened globe of Saturn is seen here at lower right, along with the shadow it casts across the rings.
PIA20505:
In Daylight on the Night Side
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-03 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Two tiny moons of Saturn, almost lost amid the planet's enormous rings, are seen orbiting in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Pan, lower-right, is in the process of overtaking the slower Atlas, visible at upper-left.
PIA20501:
Two Tiny Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-26 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the brilliant disk of Saturn, surrounded by the icy lanes of its rings. Faint wisps of cloud are visible in the atmosphere. At bottom, ring shadows trace delicate, curving lines across the planet.
PIA20500:
Hidden Wonders
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-20 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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Scientists from NASA's Cassini mission suggested in a 2016 paper that the appearance of a cloud of dicyanoacetylene (C4N2) ice in Titan's stratosphere may be explained by 'solid-state' chemistry taking place inside ice particles.
PIA20715:
"Solid State" Chemistry in Titan Ice Particles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-19 Pan Cassini-Huygens
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Pan may be small as satellites go, but like many of Saturn's ring moons, it has a has a very visible effect on the rings. This images was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 2, 2016.
PIA20499:
Where the Small Moon Rules
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This frame from a movie is one of many exposures taken by NASA's Cassnii spacecraft. Cassini stared at Saturn for nearly 44 hours on April 25 to 27, 2016, to obtain exposures showing just over four Saturn days. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA21047:
Staring at Saturn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
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This view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's northern hemisphere in 2016, as that part of the planet nears its northern hemisphere summer solstice in May 2017. Saturn's year is nearly 30 Earth years long.
PIA21046:
Saturn, Approaching Northern Summer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-12 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's shadow stretched beyond the edge of its rings for many years after NASA's Cassini first arrived at Saturn, casting an ever-lengthening shadow that reached its maximum extent at the planet's 2009 equinox. This image was captured in 2015.
PIA20498:
Barely Bisected Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-07 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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This synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) image was obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 25, 2016, during its 'T-121' pass over Titan's southern latitudes. The image shows an area nicknamed the 'Xanadu annex' by members of the Cassini radar team.
PIA20714:
The 'Xanadu Annex' on Titan (Denoised)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-07 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) image was obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 25, 2016, during its 'T-121' pass over Titan's southern latitudes. The image shows an area nicknamed the 'Xanadu annex' by members of the Cassini radar team.
PIA20712:
The 'Xanadu Annex' on Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-07 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Radar Mapper
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Hundreds of sand dunes are visible as dark lines snaking across the surface of Titan as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft's Radar Mapper.
PIA20711:
Flowing Dunes of Shangri-La (Denoised)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-07 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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The Shangri-La Sand Sea on Titan is shown in this image from the Synthetic Aperture radar (SAR) on NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Hundreds of sand dunes are visible as dark lines snake across the surface of Titan.
PIA20710:
Flowing Dunes of Shangri-La
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-05 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's rings appear to bend as they pass behind the planet's darkened limb due to refraction by Saturn's upper atmosphere.
PIA20497:
A Dark Bend
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-29 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This map of Titan from NASA's Cassini imaging coverage, shows the names of many (but not all) features on the Saturnian moon that have been approved by the International Astronomical Union.
PIA20713:
Map of Titan with Labeled Features
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-29 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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An ethereal, glowing spot appears on Saturn's B ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The glowing effect is an example of an 'opposition surge' making that area on the rings appear extra bright.
PIA20496:
Surge in the Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-22 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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Dione reveals its past via contrasts in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The features visible here are a mixture of tectonics (bright, linear features and impact cratering) the round features, which are spread across the entire surface.
PIA20492:
A Moon's Contrasts
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-15 Tethys Cassini-Huygens
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Saturn's moons Tethys and Hyperion appear to be near neighbors in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, even though they are actually 930,000 miles apart here. Tethys is the larger body on the left.
PIA20493:
Distant Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-08 S Rings Cassini-Huygens
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The shadow of Saturn on the rings, which stretched across all of the rings earlier in NASA's Cassini's mission, now barely makes it past the Cassini division.
PIA20494:
Long Divisions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-01 Rhea Cassini-Huygens
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Rhea, like many moons in the outer solar system, appears dazzlingly bright in full sunlight. This is the signature of the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA20495:
Regarding Rhea
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-29 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This synthetic-aperture radar image was obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its T-120 pass over Titan's southern latitudes on June 7, 2016.
PIA20709:
Ridge of Jagged Peaks on Titan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-29 Titan Cassini-Huygens
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This synthetic-aperture radar image was obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its T-120 pass over Titan's southern latitudes on June 7, 2016.
PIA20708:
A Titanic Labyrinth
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