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During the planning stages for the Pioneer 11 mission, when relatively little was known about Saturn's rings, it was proposed to have the spacecraft fly through the Cassini division. Why would this have been a bad idea?

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The planning stages for the Pioneer 11 missions are determined. Cassini divisions proposed are examined.

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During Pioneer 11 mission scientists believed that Cassini gap is really devoid of any particle. Hence, some scientists wanted Pioneer 11 to fly through Cassini gap. ...

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