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Spring 2014 Edition, Target 3: Saturn





Spring 2014 Edition, Target 3: Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and took seven years to travel to Saturn. On June 30, 2014 we will celebrate Cassini's 10th anniversary orbiting Saturn. Cassini uses its cameras and other instruments to learn about Saturn and its rings and moons. All images taken by the spacecraft are available on this website.

To help you get started on the research for your essay, here is some information about the three topics. Feel free to use other sources for your research as well.

Saturn's Polar Jet
Earth's jet stream is a subject of intense interest and concern thanks to its effects on our weather. Saturn's polar jet stream, seen here, causes no such worries for Earthlings, so we can simply marvel at its graceful form.
This atmospheric feature was first observed by Voyager and was dubbed "the hexagon."
Saturn's polar jet
Saturn's Unique Hexagon in Full View
This is a compilation of the Saturn hexagon movies released on Dec. 5, 2013.
Saturn
Saturn
"When you look at Saturn through any telescope, all you can see is Saturn's day side and the sunlit part of its rings," says Dr. Linda Spilker, project scientist for the Cassini mission. "With the Cassini spacecraft we can see the whole planet, including the night side. We can see the rings. We can get close enough to see things like tiny storms that even the powerful telescopes can't see. We can collect data and make measurements that can only be done by actually going to Saturn."
Saturn