Close-up view of Saturn’s Rings, Voyager 1, November 1980

Close-up view of Saturn’s Rings, Voyager 1, November 1980


Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

Caption on verso

[Caption] This view of Saturn’s rings shows the reversal of brightness of the major features in the rings when viewed from the unilluminated side – a perspective seen by Voyager 1 on November 12, 1980 at a range of 717,000 kilometres (444,000 miles). The C-ring and material in the Cassini Division (nearly white in this exaggerated colour image) are bright while the B-ring is now dark (shown here as reddish-brown).

NASA launched the two Voyager spacecraft to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in the late summer of 1977. Voyager 1's closest approach to Jupiter occurred March 5, 1979. Voyager 2's closest approach was July 9, 1979. The Voyager 1 and 2 Saturn encounters occurred nine months apart, in November 1980 and August 1981. Voyager 1 is leaving the solar system. Voyager 2 completed its encounter with Uranus in January 1986 and with Neptune in August 1989, and is now also en-route out of the solar system.

Condition: mint

About the Voyager missions here and watch the probe's distance from Earth increase (and occasionally decrease!) in real time here.


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