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The black sheep of the Saturn family - Hypernion  credit: NASA JPL

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks at Saturn's highly irregular moon Hyperion in this view from the spacecraft's flyby of the moon on Aug.

Janus 2006 closeup by Cassinix2 - Janus (moon) - Wikipedia

Janus 2006 closeup by Cassinix2 - Janus (moon) - Wikipedia

Telesto moon of Saturn

Telesto km), a moon of Saturn that is a trojan of another moon Tethys

Moons of Saturn : Phoebe Discovery News This hunk of rock circling Saturn under the guise of a moon could have once been a comet. Cassini snapped this photo on June 30, 2004 and researchers have since been studying its unusual pox surface, backwards orbit, low density and extremely dark features. They think Phoebe might have been a Kuiper Belt object close to Neptune before Saturn's gravitational pull snagged it.  CREDIT: CASSINI IMAGING TEAM/SSI/JPL/ESA/NASA

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Giant comets in the planetary fringes of the solar system may pose a greater threat to Earth than do asteroids, said a group of scientists.

Saturn's moon Tethys orbits in front of the wide shadows cast by the rings onto the planet for this Cassini spacecraft view.

s wide-angle camera caught Saturn's moon Tethys in front of wide shadows cast by the planet's rings. Tethys, which measures 660 miles kilometers) across, appears just below the rings near image center.


Saturn's northern hemisphere still shows the scars of the huge storm that raged through much of And, day by day, the shadows cast by the rings on the planet's southern hemisphere are growing wider as the seasons progress toward northern summer.

Saturn in infrared. Wow....

Cassini Spacecraft sees Saturn's storms in Black/White & Infrared

March 2010 Saturn's Moon Helene from Cassini Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI The moon was imaged in unprecedented detail last week as the robotic Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn swooped to within two Earth diameters of the diminutive moon. Although conventional craters and hills appear, the above raw and unprocessed image also shows terrain that appears unusually smooth and streaked. Planetary astronomers will be inspecting these detailed images of Helene to glean clues about the origin…

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Twitter / ridingrobots: The Sixth Planet. Seen yesterday by Cassini.

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Twitter / ridingrobots: The Sixth Planet. Seen yesterday by Cassini.