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Best Pictures Saturn

OK, we'll admit it. "Best" is a subjective term, especially when it comes to appearances. However, our editorial staff was unanimous in its approval of these pictures of Saturn, the ringed planet. See what you think!

photograph of Saturn
Saturn and two of its moons, Tethys (above) and Dione, were photographed by Voyager 1 on November 3, 1980, from 13 million kilometers (8 million miles). The shadows of Saturn's three bright rings and Tethys are cast onto the cloud tops.
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photograph of Saturn
A Hubble Space Telescope image of Saturn in true color.

detailed photograph of Saturn's rings
This image was taken with Cassini's Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph instrument, which is capable of resolving the rings to show features up to 97 kilometers (60 miles) across, roughly 100 times the resolution of ultraviolet data obtained by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
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classic science fiction view of Saturn from the surface of Titan
Saturn as Seen from Mars - painted by Chesley Bonestell in 1944, and published in Life Magazine in 1949. Courtesy Novaspace.com



Sources: NASA, except where otherwise noted.

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