Exploring the Planets

The Voyager Encounters

As Voyager 1 approached Saturn in November 1980, the rings began to reveal more and more detail. Once thought to be discretely separated bands, the rings now are known to consist of thousands of small bands which differ in particle size as well as in composition.

Saturn

Voyager 2 Image of Saturn with satellites Tethys, Dione, and Rhea.

Saturn's Rings

Voyager 2 Image of Saturn with satellites Tethys, Dione, and Rhea.

Saturn's Rings

Enhanced color image from Voyager 2, August 1981.

Saturn's Rings

Enlargement of the C-Ring from Voyager 2, August 1981.