Ex­plore Saturn’s moons in Google’s So­lar Sys­tem tour

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You can ex­plore the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, as well as the plan­ets Mer­cury, Venus and Mars, in a col­lec­tion of stun­ning new images on Google Maps.

The images of Saturn’s moons were taken by the Cassini probe, which launched in 1997 and spent 13 years or­bit­ing the planet be­fore crash­ing into its at­mos­phere in Septem­ber. Dur­ing its mis­sion, run by Nasa, the Euro­pean Space Agency and the Ital­ian Space Agency, it cap­tured over 500,000 images, which have now been stitched to­gether by sci­en­tists.

High­lights in­clude the icy Ence­ladus, Saturn’s sixth­largest moon, where Cassini dis­cov­ered wa­ter be­neath the crust. Just as spec­tac­u­lar are the images of Ti­tan, Saturn’s largest moon (see main screen­shot), home to meth­ane lakes be­neath the thick clouds. In to­tal there are 12 new worlds to ex­plore, in­clud­ing the dwarf plan­ets Pluto and Ceres.

Google has also added images from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS), giv­ing you an astro­naut’s view of the So­lar Sys­tem. The view pic­tured be­low left is look­ing at Earth from the Cupola, a small mod­ule that lets as­tro­nauts watch op­er­a­tions that take place out­side the ISS, like the ap­proach of ve­hi­cles.

Ex­plore the images by vis­it­ing www.snipca.com/ 26013 then click­ing a lo­ca­tion on the left. Zoom in and out us­ing the bot­tom-right plus and mi­nus but­tons, or by scrolling your mouse wheel. You can ro­tate the im­age by click­ing it then mov­ing your mouse. Read more on Google’s blog: www.snipca.com/26011.

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