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Cassini's Greatest Hits: Best Photos of Saturn and Its Moons

Light and shadow

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Capturing the interplay between light and shadow, NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn, where sunlight reflected off the rings has dimly illuminated what would otherwise be the dark side of the planet.

Dione

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Saturn's pale, icy moon Dione is enriched by the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn in the distance. The horizontal stripes near the bottom of the image are Saturn's rings.

Farewell, Mimas

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On Jan. 30, 2017, Cassini bid so long to Saturn's "Death Star"-like moon Mimas.

Mind the gap

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Saturn's moon Pan is seen in this color view as it sweeps through the so-called Encke Gap in Saturn's rings. As the lemon-shaped moon orbits Saturn, it always keeps its long axis pointed along a line toward the planet.

Shadowy moon

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Jagged-looking shadows stretch away from vertical structures of ring material created by the moon Daphnis in this image taken as Saturn approached its August 2009 equinox.

Titan and Mimas

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Cassini captures a mutual event between Titan and Mimas in front of a backdrop of Saturn's rings. This image was snapped shortly before Saturn's largest moon passed in front of and occulted the small moon Mimas.

Dione's closeup

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This view of Saturn's moon Dione was taken during a close flyby on June 16, 2015. It was Cassini's fourth targeted flyby of Dione.

Moon's gravity

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The gravity of the potato-shaped Prometheus periodically creates streamer channels in Saturn's rings. The moon's handiwork can be seen in the dark channels in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

Dione in transit

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Saturn's moon Dione crosses the face of the giant planet in this view, a phenomenon astronomers call a transit.

Icy Enceladus

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On Oct. 14, 2015, the Cassini spacecraft snapped a ethereal image of Enceladus' icy north pole.

Denise Chow
Denise Chow is the Assistant Managing Editor at Live Science. Before joining the Live Science team in 2013, she spent two years as a staff writer for Space.com, where she wrote about rocket launches and covered NASA's final three space shuttle missions. A Canadian transplant, Denise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.