SLIDE COLLECTION: Pioneer 11
Slide Set Overview:
Displayed here are a selection from the Pioneer 11 slide set, taken by the spacecraft during closest approach, in Sept., 1979. The slide set was developed by the Lunar and Planetary Institute and made available on March 7, 1980.
The 1″ x 1.25″ slides have been scanned at a resolution of 3600 dpi with a minimal amount of processing.
The original 9 page slide set document was scanned and produced as a downloadable PDF.
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Color photograph of Saturn and its rings, taken by the 61″ telescope at the U. of Arizona’s Mount Lemmon Observatory on March 11, 1974.
Artist’s conception of Pioneer 11 approaching the ringed planet on Sept. 1, 1979.
The moon Titan seen for the first time by spacecraft on Aug. 27, 1979, from about 370,150 km (230,000 mi.)
58 hours before Pioneer 11 flies by Saturn after a billion plus mile trip from Earth that started in 1973.
The best view yet available of Saturn and its rings, taken by Pioneer 11, from a distance of 2,500,000 km (1,500,000 mi.) on August 29, 1979.
An image of Saturn’s rings by Pioneer shows the structure of Saturn’s ring system in detail.
Saturn’s ring system and its shadow are seen in this view from Pioneer 11 when it was within 1,500,000 km (971,200 mi.)
Pioneer, only 496,000 km (309,200 mi.) from Saturn, made this image of the planet’s equatorial region.
Saturn’s rings clearly show two major divisions: the Cassini Division (dividing the outer A ring from the middle B ring) and the French Division (dividing the Planet’s middle B ring from the inner C ring).
Slides of mission-related diagrams.
As Pioneer 10 and 11 leave the solar systen, they carry this plaque with a message which shows when, where and by what kind of beings the spacecraft were launched.