Solar System Exploration Division
Solar System Tour - Saturn



Saturn is a gas giant planet, and rotates in about 11 hours. It is surrounded by a majestic ring system, composed of ice and dust particles, and shepherded by small moons.

Image of Saturn

While cruising around Saturn in early October 2004, Cassini captured a series of images that have been composed into the largest, most detailed, global natural color view of Saturn and its rings ever made.
Credit: (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

The largest Saturnian moon, Titan, is the second largest in the Solar System. Although rare, spectacular storms can erupt on Saturn, and like Jupiter, winds blow nearly constantly at hundreds of miles per hour.


Composite Photo of Titan

This image is a composite of several images taken during two separate Titan flybys on Oct. 9 (T19) and Oct. 25 (T20).
Credit: (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

Cassini photo of Mimas

In this view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its closest-ever flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas, large Herschel Crater dominates Mimas, making the moon look like the Death Star in the movie "Star Wars."
Credit: (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

Fun Facts

  • 62 moons and counting

  • Titan's surface has lakes, sand dunes and cryovolcanoes

  • Enceladus has active water ice geysers near its south pole, forming the nebulous E-ring and coating nearby moons in fresh ice

  • Saturn has strong seasons, and possibly seasonal polar features, such as a hot cyclonic vortex, and hexagonal wind jet features.


Pioneer 11: 1979 flyby

Voyager 1: 1980 flyby

Voyager 2: 1981 flyby

Cassini: 2004 to 2017 orbiter