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  • Target 2 of Cassini Scientist for a Day shows Tethys and a portion of Saturn's rings.

    Cold Light From Afar

    Cassini peers toward the distant, icy plains of Saturn’s moon Tethys. The planet’s A and F rings slice across the top of this view.

  • Target 1 of Cassini Scientist for a Day shows Saturn, a portion of its rings, and one of Saturn's moons

    World of Clouds and Ice

    Looking cool and serene, Saturn shares its soft glow with Cassini.

  • Saturn's rings are revealed in this panoramic mosaic of 15 images

    Ring Scan Spilling Secrets

    New insights into the nature of Saturn's rings are revealed in this panoramic mosaic of 15 images taken during the planet's August 2009 equinox.

  • Cassini images of streaks that are likely evidence of impacts into Saturn's rings

    New Views on Old Finds

    These two Cassini images, taken four years before Saturn's August 2009 equinox, have taken on a new significance as data gathered at equinox indicate the streaks in these images are likely evidence of impacts into the planet's rings.

  • Streaks on Saturn showing evidence of a constant rain of interplanetary projectiles onto the planet's rings

    Rain on the Plane

    The bright streaks visible in these Cassini images taken during Saturn's August 2009 equinox are exciting evidence of a constant rain of interplanetary projectiles onto the planet's rings.

  • This mosaic of Cassini images shows that the spiral corrugation in the planet's inner rings continues right up to the inner B ring

    Inner B Ring Terminus

    This mosaic of Cassini images, part of a larger mosaic of images captured just hours before exact equinox at Saturn, shows that the spiral corrugation in the planet's inner rings continues right up to the inner B ring ... an unexpected result that scientists are working to understand.

  • Several sets of shadows are cast onto Saturn's A ring

    Shadows and More Shadows

    Several sets of shadows are cast onto the A ring in this image taken about a week after Saturn's August 2009 equinox.

  • Ring material casts long shadows on Saturn's A ring

    New Heights for Edge Waves

    Ring material, pulled to spectacular heights above the ring plane by the gravity of the moon Daphnis, casts long shadows on Saturn's A ring in this Cassini image taken about a month before the planet's August 2009 equinox.

  • view of Saturn's rings during equinox

    The Rite of Spring

    Of the countless equinoxes Saturn has seen since the birth of the solar system, this one, captured here in a mosaic of light and dark, is the first witnessed up close by an emissary from Earth ... none other than our faithful robotic explorer, Cassini.

  • North pole of Dione

    Above Dione's Fractures

    The Cassini spacecraft looks down on the north pole of Dione and the fine fractures that cross its trailing hemisphere.

  • A vertically extended structure or object in Saturn's F ring casts a shadow long enough to reach the A ring in this Cassini image

    Shadow Reaches the A Ring

    A vertically extended structure or object in Saturn's F ring casts a shadow long enough to reach the A ring in this Cassini image taken just days before planet's August 2009 equinox.

  • The Cassini spacecraft captured this image of a small object in the outer portion of Saturn's B ring

    A Small Find Near Equinox

    The Cassini spacecraft captured this image of a small object in the outer portion of Saturn's B ring casting a shadow on the rings as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox.

  • Cassini spies a shadow cast by a vertically extended structure or object in the F ring in this image

    Shadows in the F ring

    Cassini spies a shadow cast by a vertically extended structure or object in the F ring in this image taken as Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox.

  • a shadow is cast by a narrow, vertically extended feature in the F ring.

    Punching through the F Ring

    As Saturn approaches its August 2009 equinox, a shadow is cast by a narrow, vertically extended feature in the F ring.

  • This mosaic of image swaths from Cassini's Titan Radar Mapper

    Lake-like but Different

    This mosaic of image swaths from Cassini's Titan Radar Mapper, taken with the synthetic-aperture radar (SAR), features a large dark region several hundred kilometers across that differs in several significant ways from potential lakes observed on Titan.

  • An enigmatic large basin appears in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Titan at the center of this Titan Radar Mapper image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft

    South Polar Basin on Titan

    An enigmatic large basin appears in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Titan at the center of this Titan Radar Mapper image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft acquired on June 22, 2009.

  • Plume Vent Models

    Plume Vent Models

    These illustrations indicate possible ways in which the water vapor and ice particles in the plume of Enceladus may be formed.

  • Warm Tiger Stripes

    Warm Tiger Stripes

    This image shows the location of Cassini's most precise measurements so far of the surface temperatures at the active "tiger stripe" fractures that cut the south polar region of Enceladus.

  • Faint Spokes on a Ring

    Faint Spokes on a Ring

    At a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 122 degrees, light is scattered from the dusty spokes toward Cassini's cameras.

  • Melted Ice

    Melted Ice

    These drawings depict explanations for the source of intense heat that has been measured coming from Enceladus' south polar region.