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The Planetary Report • July/August 2004

Saturn's Allure

On the Cover: This color rendition of Saturn’s rings was constructed from data returned by Cassini’s Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph just after the spacecraft went into orbit on July 1, 2004. The Cassini division in faint red at left is followed by the A ring, which begins with an interior of red followed by more turquoise as it spreads away from the planet. Turquoise represents denser material made up of ice. The red band at right is the Encke gap.
Larry Esposito, University of Colorado / JPL-Caltech / NASA


6 Planetary Protection—Can't Leave Home Without It: Margaret Race works to ensure that the environments of both Mars and Earth are protected.

12 Cassini-Huygens' New Home—The First Days in Saturn's Orbit: Emily Stewart Lakdawalla showcases some of the first postcards from this mission, some 934 million miles away.

18 The 2004 Shoemaker NEO Grants—Send in Those Applications! Dan Durda explains how the field of NEO research is changing and calls for the next round of applicants.


3 Members' Dialogue Make it robotic; Shoemaker NEO grants

4 We Make it Happen! International Lunar Waystation study

5 Society News International Lunar Workshop, Planetary Radio, and local events

19 World Watch The NASA budget, Moon-Mars initiative, and SpaceShipOne.

20 Q&A Can Mars hold an atmosphere?

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