Facts About the Planet Saturn
The Associated Press
Oct. 15, 1997
NASA's top space scientist, Wesley Huntress Jr., calls the ringed Saturn ``the most beautiful planet in the solar system outside of our own.''
Some facts about the sixth rock from the sun:
_Second-largest planet in solar system, after Jupiter, with equatorial diameter of nearly 75,000 miles, almost 10 times that of Earth.
_Sixth planet from sun, between Jupiter and Uranus.
_Mean distance from sun of 890 million miles.
_Revolves around sun once every 29.46 Earth years.
_Composed mostly of hydrogen and helium gases. Its density is so low that planet would float in an Earth ocean if ocean were big enough.
_Seven rings identified by letters A through G, so immense that planet and its rings would span almost entire distance between Earth and moon.
_Eighteen known moons, the largest being Titan. Titan is second- largest moon in solar system, behind Jupiter's Ganymede.
_Named after Roman god of agriculture.