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Surprises on Saturn's Rings




“For the first time in 400 years, we’re seeing Saturn’s rings in three dimensions,
“For the first time in 400 years, we’re seeing Saturn’s rings in three dimensions," says imaging team leader Carolyn Porco
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“For the first time in 400 years, we’re seeing Saturn’s rings in three dimensions," says imaging team leader Carolyn Porco about recent images from the Cassini spacecraft circling the planet. As the rings tilted edge-on to the sun, which they do every 15 years, clumps, spikes, undulations and waves two and a half miles high were cast in sharp relief by shadows stretching thousands of miles across the rings' surface. Dr. Porco shares the team's huge excitement and talks about what they are learning about our famous solar system neighbor.

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Carolyn Porco, leader of the imaging team on the Cassini mission, presently exploring Saturn, and director of the imaging team's operation center in Boulder, Colorado.