Picture of the Day: Saturn, Up Close and Personal

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The above image, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, is a false-color composite of 12 pictures of Saturn. The planet's rings appear as a thin bright blue band across the middle of the frame. The pictures were taken last January over a 50-minute period at a distance of 569,000 miles from Saturn (so, not all that up close and personal, by Earth standards). The scale of the image is one pixel per 63 miles.

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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