Saturn

The planet Saturn
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Exploring Saturn took Tanno and Iguda to the moons Titan and Enceladus. Saturn has more than 80 moons.

If you look closely at the image above you might be able to spot some of them.

TITAN photographed in infrared

Here Titan has been photographed in infrared light, from different angles to see all around.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Nantes/University of Arizona

Saturn factfile 
Position from the sun6th planet
Diameter 116,000 km
Distance from sun1,400,000,000 km
Day length 10.7 hours
Year length 29.4 years
Number of moons82
Surface temperatureno real surface
Gravity10.4 m/s2
AtmosphereHydrogen, helium
FUN FACT: Saturn’s rings stretch as far as the distance from Earth to the Moon! They’re made up of billions of particles which orbit the planet just like moons.
Saturn's moon Enceladus in false colour

This image of Saturn’s moon Enceladus shows the features in false colour. The surface has an icy crust and under that is a liquid ocean of methane and water.

Cassini imaging scientists used views like this one to help them identify the source locations for individual jets spurting ice particles, water vapor and trace organic compounds from the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus

The frozen surface has many cracks and deep valleys, which may be places where water shoots up like a fountain.

The next picture was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 27, 2005 at a distance of approximately 148,000 kilometers. Individual jets spurting ice particles and water vapour.

Images Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


Activity

Many of the great pictures we’ve seen of Saturn and its moons were taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft that visit

NASA have an instruction sheet you can download, showing you how to make a paper model of the Cassini spacecraft. Download and make the model yourself!

This illustration shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission's grand finale.
The Cassini probe just as it’s about to dive into one of Saturn’s rings.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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