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May 6, 2009

Breathtaking views of Saturn bejeweled by its magnificent rings and the bizarre collection of moons in its orbit helped the Cassini website win the 2009 Webby Award in the Science category.

Considered the "Oscars of the Internet," the Webby Awards is the Internet's most respected symbol of success. The 13th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from more than 60 countries.

Winners are chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, an international organization that helps drive the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media. Members include rock star David Bowie, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening and Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson.

Other nominees in the Science category included Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know (Exploratorium), Nature.com (Nature Publishing Group), Scientific American (HUGE), and Wired.com: Wired Science (WIRED). Of these, Wired.com won the Webby People's Voice Award.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.