Images Show Saturn Rings in Never-Seen-Before Detail

Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft provided some of the most detailed close-ups ever of one of space's most dazzling sights -- Saturn's rings.

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This image from January 2017 shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before.
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
This image shows a region in Saturn's outer B ring. NASA's Cassini spacecraft viewed this area at a level of detail twice as high as it had ever been observed before.
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Saturn's outer B ring is seen at a level of detail twice as high as ever before. The image reveals many fine details in the ring's structure, which scientists plans to study to learn more about the planet.
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
This view of Saturn's A ring shows tiny, bright "blemishes" because of cosmic rays and charged particle radiation, according to NASA. The part of the rings shown here is known to scientists as the hosting belts of propellers. The propeller-shaped objects in the ring are created by the gravity of unseen little moonlets.
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
This version of the previous image shows the propeller-shaped object inside circles added by researchers to help highlight the features of Saturn's A ring.
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Another view of Saturn's A ring. The images allow scientists to study in detail the features of one of space's most fascinating spectacles.
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This image from 2004 shows Cassini spacecraft's view of Saturn's A ring. The image was taken shortly after Cassini entry in orbit.
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This image from 2004 shows Cassini spacecraft's view of Saturn's A ring. The image was taken shortly after Cassini entry in orbit.
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