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A Quick Look at 11 Years of Cassini Saturn Photos

The unmanned Cassini spacecraft was launched in 1997. Since it’s arrival in 2004, the spacecraft has been in Saturn’s orbit for the past 11 years sending back important data and images. Some of the images of the planet with its rings and moons are simply out of this world, pun intended.


Artist Impression of Cassini Probe Insertion in Saturn Orbit

These are a few highlights from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech.  The space probe will continue its current mission until 2017 after which it will be deorbited.

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Color exaggerated photo with Saturn between the Sun and the probe

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Saturn with 4 of its moons

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Closest view of the surface of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus

There is also a video slideshow of all 341,805 images taken by the probe from February 6, 2004 – September 15, 2015 which was complied by the Wall Street Journal’s @JonKeegan.

The photo slideshow is very fast. So if you have photosensitive epilepsy, please use caution as watching this video could trigger a reaction.

Via PetaPixel and  Wall Street Journal 

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