(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.
- 9.5 AU - orbital radius.
- 95 Earth masses.
- 9 Earth radii.
Its moons include
Titan, Mimas, Enceladus,
Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, and Hyperion.
Past and planned space missions to Saturn include:
The Cassini mission was long and extensive and raised interest
in the possibility that Enceladus might harbor life.
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Enceladus Life Finder (ELF)
equilibrium temperature (Teq)
spiral density wave
TiNy Titans (TNT)