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Saturn

(second largest planet in the solar system)

Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system. It is known for having a ring system: flat, visible rings of material around it, within the plane of its equator. Other planets are known to have similar but much-less-visible rings now that space probes have viewed them from nearby. Saturn's moons include Titan, Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, and Hyperion. Characteristics:

Space missions to Saturn have included Pioneer, Voyager, and Cassini. The Cassini mission was long and extensive and raised interest in the possibility that Enceladus might harbor life. Plans for future missions include Dragonfly and Enceladus Life Finder.


(planet,solar system)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn
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Referenced by pages:
astronomical symbol
axisymmetric
Cassini
10199 Chariklo
circumplanetary disk
Dragonfly
Enceladus
Enceladus Life Finder (ELF)
equilibrium temperature (Teq)
extra-solar planet
gas giant
gas planet
giant planet
gravity sounding
helium rain
Hyperion
ice giant
J1407
J2
Kepler-16b
magnetic field
magnitude
metal
metallic hydrogen
moment of inertia factor
moon
Neptune
obliquity
planetary protection
polar cyclone
pulsar timing array (PTA)
ring system
Roche limit
rotation period
supercritical fluid (SCF)
shepherd moon
spiral density wave
superrotating wind
tidal heating
Titan
Titius-Bode law
TiNy Titans (TNT)
transit
Uranus
Voyager
zone

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