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NASA releases spacecraft’s first Saturn images

November 2, 2002

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— NASA on Friday released the first picture of Saturn created from images taken by the Cassini spacecraft en route to the ringed planet.

The picture, a composite of images made with various filters, was the result of a successful test of Cassini's camera, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement.

The image shows Saturn's shadow falling across its rings and includes the planet's largest moon, Titan. Saturn and Cassini were 177 million miles apart last week when the images were taken.

Mission officials said it was good to finally see Saturn through the spacecraft's eyes.

Saturn appears in the first color composite made of images taken by
NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its approach to the ringed planet. The
moon Titan appears at top left.

Saturn appears in the first color composite made of images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its approach to the ringed planet. The moon Titan appears at top left.

"Cassini has sighted the ringed planet looking distant, mysterious and serene," said Carolyn Porco, a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., and leader of the science team using the Cassini camera.

Cassini is scheduled to reach Saturn on July 1, 2004.


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