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Cassini Performs: Fine Detail in New Saturn Photo

cassinisaturn.jpgThe Cassini space probe, which will arrive at Saturn in July, has sent back an extremely detailed image of the ringed planet from a range of 69 million miles. Images will begin to arrive regularly in February. Click the image for a bigger version.

Plus, on New Year’s Eve, Saturn will be closer to Earth than it’s been in 30 years.

Touchdown or Splashdown? Titan Probe May Get All Wet

In January of 2005, a probe released by Cassini will parachute into Titan’s atmosphere. Scientists aren’t sure if it will hit land or liquid. Many suspect that Titan may have oceans of liquid methane on its surface where temperatures hover around 288 degrees below zero. NASA hopes the probe will be able to return data for 3 to 30 minutes after landing.