On November 12, 1980, the US space probe Voyager 1 came within 77,000 miles of Saturn, sailing beneath the planet's rings while transmitting data back to Earth by reading the images sent back to the Earth from Voyager during its closest encounter with the planet.
Astronomers discoverd Saturn to have a complex of rings, likened to concentric circles in a cosmic pond. Prior to the space probe's transmissions, Saturn was believed to have three or four major rings.
But Voyager revealed its rings consists consist of hundreds of slender ringlets, each about 10 miles wide.
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