Saturday, July 03, 2004

Images of rings beamed from Saturn

Link - The Cassini spacecraft sent back "mind-blowing" photographs on July 1 of the planet's shimmering rings. The photographs showed concentric bands. Cassini, a spacecraft the size of a bus, passed between two of the rings on June 30 and settled into orbit around the planet to begin the most detailed study ever of Saturn and many of its 31 moons. The $3.3 billion mission is funded by NASA and the European and Italian space agencies. Cassini is the first spacecraft to orbit the solar system's second-largest planet.

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