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Saturn's rings: A panoramic perspective

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1:03pm, March 7, 2007

Sailing high above Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently made this sweeping portrait of the icy rings that girdle the planet.

"It's a view that no human has had before, nor a spacecraft," says Cassini scientist Carolyn Porco of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo. From a vantage point 40° above the equator, Cassini captured the rings' full breadth as well as Saturn's shadow across them.

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