Science: Making a Second Pass at Saturn

Another Voyager approaches the mysterious belted planet

There is not perhaps another object in the heavens that presents us with such a variety of extraordinary phenomena as the planet Saturn ...

—Sir William Herschel, 1805

In an era when astronomers talk about objects as strange and remote as quasars, about cosmic enigmas like black holes and the faint radio noises that may be an echo of the creation, an ordinary planet, even the second largest in the sun's family, hardly seems likely to awe or surprise. Yet, remarkably, Saturn still has that power, as the Voyager 1 spacecraft so dramatically showed last November....

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