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July 31, 1995
Exploring Saturn's Rings
Credit: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Voyager Project
By watching a star flicker and fade as it passed behind Saturn's rings,
spacecraft was able explore
the ring system in amazing detail. Data produced by
Voyager's instruments as the star Delta Scorpii was occulted by
some of the outer rings
was used to reconstruct this image
which shows details almost 1000 times
smaller than normally possible with Voyager's cameras.
For more information about the picture see the NASA, JPL
press release .
Tomorrow's picture: Crossing the Ring Plane
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