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My favorite NASA mission--at least until Mars Curiosity enters Martian atmosphere--Cassini, has beamed back stupendously amazing photos from Saturn. Cassini images frequently look like pieces of Bauhaus style artwork, but these kick up the artisanship to heretofore unprecedented levels that leave me struggling for adjectives, metaphors, or similes.
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"Saturn's moon Tethys, with its stark white icy surface, peeps out from behind the larger, hazy, colorful Titan in this view of the two moons obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Saturn's rings lie between the two."
Saturn's third-largest moon, Dione, can be seen through the haze of the planet's largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The north polar hood can be seen on Titan appearing as a detached layer at the top of the moon here. See PIA08137 and PIA09739 to learn more about Titan's atmosphere and the north polar hood.
These views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft look toward the south polar region of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and show a depression within the moon's orange and blue haze layers near the south pole.