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This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASAs Cassini spacecraft on May 20, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Methone. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

This raw, unprocessed image was taken by NASAs Cassini spacecraft on May 20, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Methone. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

Saturn’s moons Rhea and Titan as seen by the Cassini probe

Saturn’s moons Rhea and Titan as seen by the Cassini probe

Seen from our planet, the view of Saturn’s rings during equinox is extremely foreshortened and limited. But in orbit around Saturn, Cassini had no such problems. From 20 degrees above the ring plane, Cassini’s wide angle camera shot 75 exposures in succession for this mosaic showing Saturn, its rings, and a few of its moons a day and a half after exact Saturn equinox, when the sun’s disk was exactly overhead at the planet’s equator.

Seen from our planet, the view of Saturn’s rings during equinox is extremely foreshortened and limited. But in orbit around Saturn, Cassini had no such problems. From 20 degrees above the ring plane, Cassini’s wide angle camera shot 75 exposures in succession for this mosaic showing Saturn, its rings, and a few of its moons a day and a half after exact Saturn equinox, when the sun’s disk was exactly overhead at the planet’s equator.

This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours. The long observation, taken in infrared light, was needed to pick up the faint signature of the small asteroid (center of frame).

This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours. The long observation, taken in infrared light, was needed to pick up the faint signature of the small asteroid (center of frame).

A new way to discover pulsars

A new way to discover pulsars

Although Janus should be the least lonely of all moons - sharing its orbit with Epimetheus - it still spends most of its orbit far from other moons, alone in the vastness of space.  Janus (111 miles or 179 kilometers across) and Epimetheus have the same average distance from Saturn, but they take turns being a little closer or a little farther.

Janus Stands Alone

Although Janus should be the least lonely of all moons - sharing its orbit with Epimetheus - it still spends most of its orbit far from other moons, alone in the vastness of space. Janus (111 miles or 179 kilometers across) and Epimetheus have the same average distance from Saturn, but they take turns being a little closer or a little farther.

NASA blows humanity's mind with beautiful pictures of Saturn | Moviepilot

NASA blows humanity's mind with beautiful pictures of Saturn

NASA blows humanity's mind with beautiful pictures of Saturn | Moviepilot

Courtesy astronaut Ron Garan: Earth's natural satellite, a waning crescent in the sky photographed by a human living and working on the International Space Station 4 June 2013. Credit: NASA

Courtesy astronaut Ron Garan: Earth's natural satellite, a waning crescent in the sky photographed by a human living and working on the International Space Station 4 June 2013. Credit: NASA

Curiosity's First Rock Star, Up-Close  This close-up image shows the first target NASA's Curiosity rover aims to zap with its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument. ChemCam will be firing a laser at this rock, provisionally named N165, and analyzing the glowing, ionized gas, called plasma, that the laser excites. The instrument will analyze that spark with a telescope and identify the chemical elements in the target.

Curiosity's First Rock Star, Up-Close This close-up image shows the first target NASA's Curiosity rover aims to zap with its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument. ChemCam will be firing a laser at this rock, provisionally named N165, and analyzing the glowing, ionized gas, called plasma, that the laser excites. The instrument will analyze that spark with a telescope and identify the chemical elements in the target.

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