Pioneer 11 Image of Saturn and Its Moon Titan
April 10th, 2013
11:03 AM ET

Pioneer 11 Image of Saturn and Its Moon Titan

"The Pioneer 11 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral forty years ago, on April 5, 1973. Pioneer 11's path through Saturn's outer rings took it within 21,000 km of the planet, where it discovered two new moons (almost smacking into one of them in September 1979) and a new "F" ring. The spacecraft also discovered and charted the magnetosphere, magnetic field and mapped the general structure of Saturn's interior. The spacecraft's instruments measured the heat radiation from Saturn's interior and found that its planet-sized moon, Titan, was too cold to support life.

This image from Pioneer 11 shows Saturn and its moon Titan. The irregularities in ring silhouette and shadow are due to technical anomalies in the preliminary data later corrected. At the time this image was taken, Pioneer was 2,846,000 km (1,768,422 miles) from Saturn."

Source: NASA

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    May 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  2. Dan

    I agree.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
  3. Buck Rogers

    If Pioneer 11 went "through" Saturn's rings and "within 21,000 km" of the planet, then we should have a plethora of images of the rings themselves as well as up-close, detailed images of Saturn. But since NASA is the king of fakery, all we have from 'Pioneer' is this early computer generated 'image' of Saturn, which probably originated from a terrestrial scope. Hmm, maybe NASA needs to send a team to 'fix' Pioneer like they've done with the Hubble in order to clear-up those 'exploding star' snap shots from the Big Boing. Perhaps they could even use a felt-tipped pen just like Buzz did when he 'fixed' the blast-off button whilst on the 'moon', and even today, most people will buy into it.....

    April 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • bostontola

      In addition to being the King of fakery, NASA must be the King of Employee Relations. In all these years, no disgruntled NASA employee has brought evidence of all this fakery. That explains where all that NASA budget goes, into high tech special effects and straight to the employees to keep them quiet. Now I get it. You are very smart.

      April 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • Farnsworth

      NASA seems gay. Just sayin.

      April 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm |

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