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Amazing Saturn Photos From NASA's Cassini Orbiter

Cassini Photo of Saturn Moon Methone

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

This raw, unprocessed image of the Saturn moon Methone was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 20, 2012.

Cassini Photo of Saturn Moon Tethys

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 20, 2012. The camera was pointing toward the Saturn moon Tethys at approximately 81,580 miles (131,290 kilometers) away.

Raw, Unprocessed Image of Enceladus

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 2, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 239,799 miles (385,919 kilometers) away.

Crescent Enceladus

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 1, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Enceladus at approximately 260,443 miles (419,142 kilometers) away.

Dione Up Close

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 2, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 14,835 miles (23,875 kilometers) away.

Uncalibrated Dione Image

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 8,416 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters. This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System in 2013. The image was taken on May 02, 2012 and received on Earth May 03, 2012.

Bright Bits on Dione

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on May 2, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Dione at approximately 9,434 miles (15,183 kilometers) away.

Snowball Fight in Saturn's Rings

NASA/JPL

From the inside out, the "Cassini division" in faint red at left is followed by the A ring in its entirety in this ultraviolet-light image. The A ring begins with a "dirty" interior of red followed by more blue as it spreads away from the planet. The blue is a signature of water ice. The red band roughly three-fourths of the way outward in the A ring is known as the Encke gap.

Cassini Probe Spies Spokes in Saturn's Rings

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

After months of searching, the Cassini orbiter circling Saturn has finally photographed the spokes in the planet's rings.

New Pictures of Saturn’s Battered Moons

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

With this fabulous, full-disk mosaic, Cassini presents the best view yet of the south pole of Tethys.

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