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SPECTACULAR SATURN: Saturn is the second largest planet in the Solar System, behind Jupiter. Its stunning ring system glows with scattered sunlight in this image made by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as it passed behind the planet in 2006. Saturn has almost four-dozen moons, ranging in size from just under 3km (2 miles) wide to about the width of the continental U.S. Two of the moons, Titan and Enceladus, are of great interest to astrobiologists: Titan provides an analogue to the chemistry of early Earth, and Enceladus’ inner heat and jets of ice and water vapor could be a habitat for extraterrstrial life. This image also shows Earth—it’s the white dot at the ten o'clock position between the bright main rings and the thinner, light brown ring. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
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