Cassini–Huygens spacecraftSaturn eclipses the Sun, as seen from Cassini.On July 1, 2004, the Cassini–Huygensspace probeperformed the SOI (Saturn Orbit Insertion) maneuver and entered into orbit around Saturn. Before the SOI, Cassinihad already studied the system extensively. In June 2004, it had conducted a close flyby of Phoebe, sending back high-resolution images and data.Cassini's flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has captured radar images of large lakes and their coastlines with numerous islands and mountains. The orbiter completed two Titan flybys before releasing the Huygens probeon December 25, 2004. Huygens descended onto the surface of Titan on January 14, 2005, sending a flood of data during the atmospheric descent and after the landing.Cassinihas since conducted multiple flybys of Titan and other icy satellites.Since early 2005, scientists have been tracking lightning on Saturn. The power of the lightning is approximately 1,000 times that of lightning on Earth.In 2006, NASA reported that Cassini
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