Ringing Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft has arrived at Saturn to start exploring the planet and its rings and moons.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM July 19, 2004

Forget Mars. Forget the moon. These days, Saturn is where it's at.

On June 30, the first space mission focused just on Saturn plunged through the giant planet's rings. For the next 4 years, if all goes as planned, a spacecraft called Cassini will orbit Saturn, sending loads of information back to Earth about the planet's atmosphere, its moons, and its rings.

Artist's impression of the Cassini spacecraft approaching Saturn's delicate rings of dust and rocks.

Artist's impression of the Cassini spacecraft approaching Saturn's delicate rings of dust and rocks.

NASA/JPL

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