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Cassini Captures Views of Saturn's Rings

Shortly after the Cassini spacecraft fired its rocket and entered orbit around Saturn late Wednesday night, the craft turned its cameras down to peer at Saturn's rings. The cameras snapped more than five dozen black-and-white images, which were beamed down to Earth Thursday. As NPR's Richard Harris reports, scientists are astonished, elated and puzzled by what they see.

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Award-winning journalist Richard Harris has reported on a wide range of topics in science, medicine and the environment since he joined NPR in 1986. In early 2014, his focus shifted from an emphasis on climate change and the environment to biomedical research.