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  • Wind patterns on Saturn

    Which Way the Wind Blows

    This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals the wind patterns within a large vortex that was spawned by a giant northern storm on Saturn. The arrows indicate the local direction of the winds. Th...

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  • Mosaic of false-color images showing a giant storm on Saturn

    First Chapter of the Northern Storm

    This mosaic of false-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows what a giant storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere looked like about a month after it began. The bright head of the storm is on t...

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  • Evolution of a massive thunder-and-lightning storm that circled all the way around Saturn

    Storm Head, Meet Tail

    This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows the evolution of a massive thunder-and-lightning storm that circled all the way around Saturn and fizzled when it ran into its own tail. The storm ...

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  • The ring-region Saturnian moons Prometheus and Pan are both caught

    Moons at Work

    The ring-region Saturnian moons Prometheus and Pan are both caught "herding" their respective rings in this image. Through their gravitational disturbances of nearby ring particles, one moon maintains...

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  • Saturn's small moons Atlas, Prometheus, and Epimetheus

    Brother Moons

    Saturn's small moons Atlas, Prometheus, and Epimetheus keep each other company in this Cassini spacecraft image of the planet's night side. It seems fitting that they should do so since in Greek mytho...

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  • Lakes on Saturn's moon Titan

    Different Looks for Titan Lakes

    Lakes on Saturn's moon Titan reflect radio waves in varying ways in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Scientists think the variations in reflectivity, or brightness, have to do with the smoot...

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  • Artist's concept of floating ice on Titan

    Floating Ice on Titan Lakes?

    This artist's concept envisions what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like. A new model from scientists on NASA's Cassini mission suggests that clu...

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  • Titan

    Spying on Titan

    The Cassini spacecraft spies Titan's south polar vortex from below the moon in this image. Imaging scientists are monitoring the vortex to study its seasonal development.

    For a color imag...

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  • Saturn

    A Splendor Seldom Seen

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has delivered a glorious view of Saturn, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn's shadow. The cameras were turned toward Saturn and the sun so that the planet and rings are...

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  • Titan's Nile-like river valley

    Titan's Nile-Like River Valley

    This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a vast river system on Saturn's moon Titan. It is the first time images from space have revealed a river system so vast and in such high resolution anyw...

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  • Nile River

    Nile River in Black and White

    These two gray-scale images from NASA's Space Shuttle show part of the Nile River, near the Fourth Cataract in Sudan. The top photograph was originally taken with color infrared film from Space Shuttl...

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    Vortex at Saturn's North Pole

    This image from NASA's Cassini mission was taken on Nov. 27, 2012, with Cassini's narrow-angle imaging camera. The camera was pointing toward Saturn from approximately 248,578 miles (400,048 kilometer...

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    Saturn's North Pole, Wide View

    This image from NASA's Cassini mission was taken on Nov. 27, 2012, with Cassini's wide-angle imaging camera. The camera was pointing toward Saturn from approximately 233,742 miles (376,171 kilometers)...

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  • Saturn

    Peering into the Storm

    This image from NASA's Cassini mission was taken on Nov. 27, 2012, with Cassini's narrow-angle camera. The camera was pointing toward Saturn from approximately 224,618 miles (361,488 kilometers) away....

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  • This artist's impression of Saturn's moon Titan shows the change in observed atmospheric effects before, during and after equinox in 2009

    Titan's Changing Seasons

    This artist's impression of Saturn's moon Titan shows the change in observed atmospheric effects before, during and after equinox in 2009. The Titan globes also provide an impression of the detached h...

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  • Saturn and it's moon Tethys

    Tiny Tethys

    Tethys may not be tiny by normal standards, but when it is captured alongside Saturn, it can't help but seem pretty small.

    Even Saturn's rings appear to dwarf Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 ...

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  • Saturn's moon Methone

    Gray Egg

    It's difficult not to think of an egg when looking at Saturn's moon Methone, seen here during a Cassini flyby of the small moon. The relatively smooth surface adds to the effect created by the oblong ...

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  • Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn

    Dwarfed by Saturn

    Saturn's moon Mimas appears near Saturn, dwarfed by its parent planet in this image. Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers across) appears tiny compared to the storms clearly visible in far northern and...

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  • Saturn's F ring shows several

    Many Mini-Jets

    Saturn's F ring shows several "mini-jets" near the upper-right of this image captured by the Cassini spacecraft. The A ring also appears in the lower-left of the image.

    The mini-jets are ...

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  • Titan's Lake District, One Season Later

    Titan's Lake District, One Season Later

    These images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show Titan's stable northern lake district. Cassini's radar instrument obtained the recent images on May 22, 2012. It observed some previously unseen...

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