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Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 3:21 p.m.

NASA releases new images of Saturn and its moons

  • This June 16, 2011 photo provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute shows Saturn’s largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, ...

    This June 16, 2011 photo provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute shows Saturn’s largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appearing to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

  • An Oct. 7, 2013 image provided by NASA shows the hazy atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was able to peer thro...

    An Oct. 7, 2013 image provided by NASA shows the hazy atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was able to peer through the haze and spot lakes made up of hydrocarbons. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

  • This July 29, 2013 image provided by NASA shows that winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the...

    This July 29, 2013 image provided by NASA shows that winter is approaching in the southern hemisphere of Saturn and with this cold season has come the familiar blue hue that was present in the northern winter hemisphere at the start of NASA’s Cassini mission. This view looks toward the non-illuminated side of the rings from about 44 degrees below the ring plane. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

  • This July 22, 2013 image provided by NASA shows the globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, in this wide-angle view from NASA’s Cassini sp...

    This July 22, 2013 image provided by NASA shows the globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, in this wide-angle view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The characteristic hexagonal shape of Saturn’s northern jet stream, somewhat yellow here, is visible. At the pole lies a Saturnian version of a high-speed hurricane, eye and all. This view is centered on terrain at 75 degrees north latitude, 120 degrees west longitude. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

PASADENA, Calif. — A NASA spacecraft has sent holiday greetings from the outer solar space.
The space agency on Monday released dazzling new images of the ringed planet Saturn and its moons. The Cassini spacecraft took the pictures earlier this year.
Saturn resembled an ornament in one image, with a jet stream swirling at its north pole along with a hurricane-like storm.
Cassini also peered through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, revealing hydrocarbon lakes. The icy Saturn moon Enceladus appears as a white snowball.
Cassini, funded by NASA and the European and Italian space agencies, was launched in 1997. The spacecraft reached Saturn in 2004 and has been studying the planet and its many moons.
Learn more about Saturn.


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