• Short Summary

    America's Pioneer Two unmanned spacecraft has successfully blazed a trial beneath the treacherous rings round Saturn, the furthest planet ever reached from Earth, and sent back evidence of what may be a new ring round Saturn and perhaps a previously unknown moon.

  • Description

    America's Pioneer Two unmanned spacecraft has successfully blazed a trial beneath the treacherous rings round Saturn, the furthest planet ever reached from Earth, and sent back evidence of what may be a new ring round Saturn and perhaps a previously unknown moon. The craft approached Saturn last Friday (31 August) after a journey of more than six years and two billion miles (3,200 million kilometres). The craft was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on April the fifth 1973, but officials said it had only a fifty-fifty ??? of passing Saturn's rings safely without being destroyed by flying ???. The pictures have provided scientists with a wealth of information, but no clue to the most intriguing question of whether the ??? life on Titan.

    Pictures taken from a distance of one million six hundred thousand miles (2,500,000 kilometres) provided scientists with their clearest view ever of Saturn and its satellite Titan. The pictures suggest that Titan may be very cold and its atmosphere hazy, but scientists could not discover if Titan's atmosphere contained organic molecules. Dr. Edward Smith of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory commented on the findings.

    Mr. John Wolfe, a Pioneer Project scientist from the Ames Research Centre also discussed the information received.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAMSH0LUHTP1UA2D1YJZRXZJGG
    Media URN:
    VLVAAMSH0LUHTP1UA2D1YJZRXZJGG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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