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Saturn's rings affect the planet's ionosphere

12 Dec 2017, 12:17 UTC
Saturn's rings affect the planet's ionosphere

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Ian Regan

Data collected by the Cassini spacecraft, before it was deliberately crashed into Saturn's atmosphere in September 2017, show that the planet's illustrious rings are casting a shadow in ionized particles over the planet. Cassini has transmitted a hoard of valuable data from Saturn since it arrived at the planet in 2004.

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