Film Exploration Timeline

Saturn Exploration History | In Saturn's Rings

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  • Prehistory

    Saturn is know by the ancients and named after a character in a Roman mythology (Saturnus, god of agriculture and harvest).

  • 1610

    Galileo Galilei makes the first observation of Saturn by telescope.

  • 1650’s

    Christiaan Huygens (pronounced HOY-gens) discovers Saturn’s rings and largest moon, Titan.

  • 1979

    Pioneer II is the first spacecraft to reach Saturn; discovers the F-ring and a new moon.

  • 1979-81

    Voyagers 1 & 2 discover 3 moons, a new ring, and a complex ring structure; and return the first detailed images.

  • 2004

    Cassini arrives at Saturn orbit and begins gathering data.

  • 1997

    Cassini-Huygens spacecraft launches an international mission to study the Saturn system and Titan.

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