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Voyager 1 image of Saturn & three of its moons

Photograph of Saturn and its satellites Tethys (outer top left), Enceladus (inner top left) and Mimas (bottom right). It was taken by Voyager 1 on October 30, 1980 from a distance of 18 million kilometres (11 million miles). The soft, velvety appearance of the low-contrast banded structure and increased reflection of blue light near the perimeter of the Saturn disk are due to scattering by a haze layer above the planets cloud deck. Features larger than 350 kilometres (220 miles) are visible. The projected width of the rings at the centre of the disc is 10, 000 kilometers (6, 000 miles), which provides a scale for estimating feature sizes on the image

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This print showcases the majestic beauty of Saturn and three of its enchanting moons. Taken by Voyager 1 on October 30, 1980, from a staggering distance of 18 million kilometers (11 million miles), this image is a testament to humanity's insatiable curiosity about the cosmos. The photograph reveals Saturn's mesmerizing low-contrast banded structure, which exudes a soft and velvety appearance. The outer edges of the planet exhibit an increased reflection of blue light, caused by scattering through a haze layer above its cloud deck. With features larger than 350 kilometers (220 miles) visible in stunning detail, this image offers us a glimpse into the intricate tapestry that adorns Saturn's surface. Accompanying Saturn are three celestial companions: Tethys positioned at the outer top left, Enceladus nestled within it towards the inner top left region, and Mimas gracefully situated at the bottom right corner. These ethereal moons add an extra touch of wonder to an already awe-inspiring scene. To provide perspective on scale, we learn that the projected width of Saturn's rings at the center of its disc spans an astonishing 10, 000 kilometers (6, 000 miles). This measurement allows us to estimate feature sizes throughout this breathtaking composition. As we gaze upon this extraordinary snapshot captured by Voyager 1—an emissary sent forth by humankind—we are reminded once again of our boundless fascination with distant worlds and our relentless pursuit to unravel their mysteries

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