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Some views of Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft


NASA, JPL, Space Science Institute

The image at top shows some of the thousands of distinct ringlets that make up Saturn's ring system. The Cassini division is clearly visible.

In the bottom image, Saturn's rings make a sheer veil through which we can see the planet. The rings cast dark shadows on the planet. The tiny white speck on the curve of Saturn is Prometheus, one of Saturn's moons.

When taking these images, Cassini was so close to Saturn that it could not take a picture of the entire planet.