Voyager: Saturn's spinning ring


These images of Saturn's rings spinning gently around the planet were taken by Voyager 2 in 1981. Its twin, Voyager 1, had passed the gas giant a few months earlier.

The two craft greatly increased our knowledge of the second largest planet in the Solar System; revealing, amongst other things, that Saturn's atmosphere is largely made up of hydrogen and helium.

Incredible wind speeds, up to 500 metres a second (1640ft), were also recorded near the planet's equator.

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