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An Overview of Saturn's Atmospheric Composition
Saturn's atmosphere is mostly made of the simple molecules hydrogen and helium.
There is a lot of sulfur, which gives Saturn its yellow color. There is also nitrogen and oxygen, which are in the air that we breath every day on Earth.
These molecules combine to make clouds of complex molecules, such as clouds of water and smog.
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