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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Saturn and its rings from Voyager 1

Filed under pretty pictures, Voyager 1 and 2, Saturn, Saturn's rings

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Saturn and its rings from Voyager 1 Voyager 1 looked back at Saturn on Nov. 16, 1980, four days after the spacecraft flew past the planet, to observe the appearance of Saturn and its rings from this unique perspective. A few of the spokelike ring features discovered by Voyager appear in the rings as bright patches in this image, taken at a distance of 5.3 million kilometers (3.3 million miles) from the planet. Saturn's shadow falls upon the rings, and the bright Saturn crescent is seen through all but the densest portion of the rings.

NASA / JPL

Original image data dated on or about November 16, 1980.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

 

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