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The Planetary Report • December/January 1981

Approach to Saturn

On the Cover: The last picture from Voyager 1's approach to Saturn in which the entire planet and ring system can be seen in a single frame. As the spacecraft moves closer to the planet, it will view successively smaller areas with increasing detail.
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Features

1 Space Exploration—Is it Worth the Cost?: Bruce Murray weighs the benefits and costs of NASA.

3 The Adventure of the Planets: Carl Sagan rallies for support for space exploration.

4 The Mysteries of Saturn: David Morrison anticipates Voyager's encounter with Saturn.

5 More Than Meets the Eye: Torrence Johnson showcases new images of Saturn.

12 The Last Pictures from Viking Orbiter 1: James A. Cutts and Karl R. Blasius bring us the final views of Mars captured by this long-lived mission.

Departments

11 Washington Watch NASA's budget and public opinion.

14 News and Reviews Jovian weather and moons, mapping Venus, and evolution of life.

15 Society Notes Welcoming Dr. Louis Friedman on board.

astronaut on Phobos
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