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Missions to Saturn


Mission Country Launch Date Arrival Date Type Encounter Characteristics

Pioneer 11 USA April 6, 1973 September 1, 1979 Flyby Transmitted low-resolution images and other data about Saturn.
Discovered additional rings and moons not previously known
Voyager 1 USA September 5, 1977 November 13, 1980 Flyby 900 images of Saturn's moons
Major discoveries were the unexpected complexity of the rings and the true nature of Titan's atmosphere.
Voyager 2 USA August 20, 1977 August 26, 1981 Flyby 1150 images of Saturn's moons
Had a scan platform malfunction, yet virtually all objectives were met.
Cassini USA, ESA, Italy October 13, 1997 July 1, 2004 Orbiter/Atmospheric probe 12 science experiments will help scientists understand Saturn's moons, rings, atmosphere, and magnetosphere.
Huygens, an atmospheric probe carried aboard Cassini, will parachute through Titan's atmosphere.

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