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2009-09-16 05:36:53

A team of international scientists led by Mirjam Langhans, from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will present first results of a global analysis of spatial patterns, occurrence and origin of river channels on Titan at the European Planetary Science Congress in Potsdam, Germany, on Wednesday September 16. To date scientists have focused their investigations on single channels due to the fact that radar and spectral data have only been captured for some narrow areas of the surface below the...

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2009-08-15 06:55:00

The jointly owned U.S. and European spacecraft Cassini has transmitted raw images back to Earth of the instant Saturn reached its equinox. Scientists are now studying the pictures in hopes they might reveal new information about the planet's ring system. Equinox occurs when the Sun crosses a planet's equator, creating days and nights of equal length.  During Saturn's equinox, the Sun's angle over the planet is lowered, revealing new objects and irregularities as shadows on the otherwise...

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2009-08-06 13:25:00

"It is really surprising how closely Titan's surface resembles Earth's," says Rosaly Lopes, a planetary geologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, who is presenting the results on Friday, 7 August. "In fact, Titan looks more like the Earth than any other body in the Solar System, despite the huge differences in temperature and other environmental conditions." The joint NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission has revealed details of Titan's geologically young...

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2009-07-22 17:10:00

Data collected during two close flybys of Saturn's moon Enceladus by NASA's Cassini spacecraft add more fuel to the fire about the Saturnian ice world containing sub-surface liquid water. The data collected by Cassini's Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer during Enceladus flybys in July and Oct. 2008, were released in the July 23 issue of the journal Nature. "When Cassini flew through the plume erupting from Enceladus on October 8 of last year, our spectrometer was able to sniff out many...

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2009-07-01 14:00:28

The Cassini mission, a joint venture of NASA and the European and Italian space agencies has been orbiting Saturn for five Earth years as of Tuesday. NASA officials said that is about one sixth of a Saturnian year -- enough time for the spacecraft to have observed seasonal changes on the planet, its moons and sunlight's angle on the dramatic rings. Cassini passed through a gap in the rings as it entered orbit on June 30, 2004, NASA said. It finished its prime mission in 2008 and continues to...

2009-06-24 15:53:00

PASADENA, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have detected sodium salts in ice grains of Saturn's outermost ring. Detecting salty ice indicates that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which primarily replenishes the ring with material from discharging jets, could harbor a reservoir of liquid water -- perhaps an ocean -- beneath its surface. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Cassini discovered the...

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2009-06-03 14:32:35

U.S. space agency scientists have discovered cloud formations on Saturn's moon Titan move much like those on Earth, but in a much slower fashion. Scientists with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Cassini mission monitored Titan's atmosphere between July 2004 and December 2007, observing more than 200 clouds. They said they discovered cloud distributions around Titan match global circulation models except for timing -- clouds were still noticeable in the southern hemisphere...

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2009-06-03 13:55:00

Cloud chasers studying Saturn's moon Titan say its clouds form and move much like those on Earth, but in a much slower, more lingering fashion. Their forecast for Titan's early autumn -- warm and wetter. Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have monitored Titan's atmosphere for three-and-a-half years, between July 2004 and December 2007, and observed more than 200 clouds. They found that the way these clouds are distributed around Titan matches scientists' global circulation models. The...

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2009-04-22 09:06:15

A team of planetary scientists working on the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission has discovered tiny, charged icy particles in the plume from Saturn's moon Enceladus that offer a tantalizing glimpse of the interior of this enigmatic world. Dr Geraint Jones and Dr Chris Arridge, both from University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, will present the results on behalf of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) instrument team on Wednesday 22nd April at the European Week of...

2009-03-24 12:55:49

The U.S. space agency's Cassini spacecraft has produced new movies and images of Saturn's moon Titan, providing new glimpses of its Earth-like landscapes. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the new flyover topographic maps were made from stereo pairs of radar images by Cassini radar team member Randy Kirk of the Astrogeology Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey. NASA said Kirk used some of the 20 or so areas where two or more overlapping radar measurements were...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Phoebe -- Phoebe is the outermost of Saturn's known moons. Phoebe is almost 4 times more distant from Saturn than its nearest neighbor (Iapetus). It was discovered by William Henry Pickering in 1898. Most of Saturn's moons have very bright surfaces, but Phoebe's albedo is very low (.06), as dark as lampblack. All of Saturn's moons except for Phoebe and Iapetus orbit very nearly in the plane of Saturn's equator. Phoebe's orbit is retrograde, inclined almost 175, and is...

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