Saturn

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Saturn
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Astrographical

System:

Sol system[1]

Orbiting:

Sol[1]

Orbital position:

Sixth planet[1]

Moon(s):

62, including Titan[2] and Enceladus[3]

Physical

Diameter:

116,464 kilometers (72,367 mi)

Gravity:

1.139 G

Length of year:

29.5 years

Atmosphere:

Various gases and ices

 

Saturn is a gas giant and the second-largest planet in the Sol system, after Jupiter. Saturn is the sixth planet in orbit from Sol.[1]

Saturn is considered one of the more visually appearing objects in the Sol system, due to the gas giant's bright, massive system of planetary rings. Saturn's natural satellites are not as explored as Jupiter's moons,[1] though Titan has been established as an industrial colony of the Unified Earth Government. Saturn itself is also home to helium-3 mining facilities, as well as research habitats that orbit the planet.[2] Several of Saturn's moons were sites for attempted colonization efforts that were ultimately abandoned or "lost", leaving the colony efforts in ruins on the moons' surface. These ruins are frequently used as operating bases for bands of human pirates.[4]

The gas giant's practical uses to the United Nations Space Command are limited, due to Saturn's distance from Sol and the lack of necessity to be colonized, and therefore it is mostly just a tourist destination.[5] A tourist station called Castellaneta is positioned in geosynchronous orbit on the "sunny side" of Saturn's outermost ring.[6]

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia, page 295 (2011)
  2. ^ a b Halo Mythos, page 51
  3. ^ Halo Legendary Crate, Data Drop #2
  4. ^ Halo: Retribution, page 94 (Google Play edition)
  5. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 283
  6. ^ Halo: New Blood, Chapter 5