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Volume 46 | Issue 2 | March 2004



Cassini captures view of Saturn

Four months before its scheduled arrival at Saturn, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft sent its best color "postcard" of the ringed world back to Earth. The spacecraft is expected to send weekly postcards as it nears the ringed giant.

The view from Cassini shows Saturn growing larger and more defined as the spacecraft nears a July 1, 2004, arrival date. On Feb. 9, Cassini's narrow angle camera, one of two cameras on board the spacecraft, took a series of exposures through different filters, which were combined to form the color image released Feb. 27.