December 16, 2004
Cassini Approaches Saturn
The above image is an artists' rendition of the Cassini spacecraft
approaching the planet Saturn and its magnificent rings. The glint
of light behind the magnetometer boom at the bottom of the
spacecraft represents the reflection of the sun. Since Saturn is
930 million miles away from the sun, and consequently, about 746
million miles away from Earth, from this perspective one can get a
sense in the image just how far the Cassini spacecraft has to travel
to reach the mysterious ringed planet.
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