Saturnian Spheres

From front to back: the rings of Saturn, Tethys and Titan as seen December 8 by Cassini. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

From front to back: the rings of Saturn, Tethys and Titan as seen December 8 by Cassini.
Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

The robotic spacecraft Cassini sent this stunning vista this week from the mini solar system that orbits Saturn. Behind this nearly edge-on view of the rings, the airless, icy Tethys passes in front of mighty Titan, largest moon in the solar system and home to an intriguing atmosphere that rains liquid methane.

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