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November 12, 1980: Voyager 1 Makes Closest Approach to Saturn
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November 12, 1980: Voyager 1 Makes Closest Approach to Saturn

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Today in 1980, NASA’s Voyager 1 made it’s closest approach to Saturn (within 124,000 km/77,000 miles), giving us the most detailed images of Saturn’s rings that had since been seen. It also relayed new atmospheric data for both Saturn and its giant moon Titan.