IMAGES: Dispatch From Saturn

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Science  05 Nov 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5698, pp. 951
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5698.951d

The Cassini space probe sidled up to Saturn this summer and will spend the next 4 years ogling the giant planet and some of its moons, including Titan, which boasts an atmosphere laced with methane and other organic coompounds (see p. 952). Find out what the spacecraft has revealed so far at the NASA Web presentation “A Ring-Side View of Saturn.” For example, Cassini took measurements of Saturn's magnetosphere, a cloak of charged particles similar to the one that shrouds Earth. You can also check out some of the voyage's best images. Red in this depiction of the planet's famous rings shows “warm” zones, which reach a toasty −163°.

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