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Saturn silhouetted, Cassini image Featured Cassini Print

Saturn silhouetted, Cassini image

Saturn silhouetted. Cassini spacecraft image of Saturn and its ring system with the Sun directly behind. The view revealed two previously unknown rings. One, associated with the orbits of the moons Janus and Epimetheus, lies in between the outer edge of the bright main rings and the thin grey/brown G Ring. The other, associated with the orbit of the moon Pallene, lies just inside the broad and diffuse outer E ring. Earth is seen as a bright dot at the ten o'clock position between the bright main rings and the G Ring. This is a composite of 165 images taken at infrared, visible light and ultraviolet wavelengths by the Cassini spacecraft on 15th September 2006, while it was around 2.2 million kilometres from Saturn

© Nasa/Jpl/Space Science Institute/Science Photo Library

Huygens probe, descent to Titan Featured Cassini Print

Huygens probe, descent to Titan

Huygens probe. Computer artwork of the Huygens probe (left) descending by parachute to the surface of Titan from the Cassini spacecraft (right). Titan is the largest moon of the ringed planet Saturn. Cassini was launched in October 1997 and will reach Saturn in July 2004. It will orbit Saturn for four years, studying the planet, its rings and its moons. The disc-shaped Huygens probe will enter Titan's atmosphere in January 2005. Heat shields will protect and deflect heat from the probe during atmospheric entry, before a parachute opens to slow its descent. The probe is expected to transmit data from Titan's surface for up to 30 minutes

© CHRISTIAN DARKIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Huygens probe entering Titans atmosphere Featured Cassini Print

Huygens probe entering Titans atmosphere

Huygens probe at Titan. Artwork of the Huygens probe entering the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn (seen in the sky). Huygens will enter Titan's atmosphere of nitrogen and methane, making various atmospheric measurements while it decends. The probe will take about three minutes to slow down to 1440 km/h to allow the opening of the main parachute. The glowing shock wave in front of the probe will reach temperatures of up to 12, 000 Celsius. The probe is protected by a heat-shield, made from thermal tiles similar to those on the Space Shuttle. Huygens is a European project, part of NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and will arrive at Titan on 27 November 2004

© DAVID DUCROS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY