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Saturn
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.78

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     challenging words:    credit, helium, hydrogen, spacecraft, strange-looking, winds, photo, nearly, rings, bands, heat, knowledge, stranger, between, second, large
     content words:    NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute


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Saturn
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     Photo credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute, 2006
 
2     Our spacecraft is getting closer to Saturn now. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun. It is so far away that it has taken us six years to get here from Earth. We are traveling as fast as the Pioneer 11 spacecraft, too!
 
3     Saturn is a strange-looking planet. It has rings. It isn't the only planet with rings. Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune have rings, too. Their rings aren't nearly as big or as bright as Saturn's, though.
 
4     Saturn's rings are formed of pieces of ice. Some of the pieces are as small as grains of sand. Some are as large as a house. No one knows for sure how Saturn's rings formed. It may have had something to do with Saturn's moons.
 
5     Saturn has many moons circling around it. Asteroids and meteoroids crash into the moons. The moons break into pieces. Some scientists think the rings might be made up of these broken pieces of the moons.

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