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2013-12-12 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft is providing scientists with key clues about Saturn's moon Titan, and in particular, its hydrocarbon lakes and seas. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Titan is one of the most Earth-like places in the solar system, and the only place other than our planet that has stable liquid on its surface. Cassini's recent close flybys are bringing into sharper focus a region in Titan's...

2013-12-04 16:20:40

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This is the first movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about 20,000 miles (30,000 kilometers) across, the...

2013-12-02 20:20:11

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 3:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to discuss images of Saturn taken by the agency's Cassini spacecraft. The Hangout also will look ahead to the next few years of the Cassini mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The panelists are: -- Kunio Sayanagi, Cassini imaging team...

2013-11-12 12:21:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has released a natural color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new panoramic mosaic of the majestic Saturn system taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which shows the view as it would be seen by human eyes, was unveiled at the Newseum in Washington on Tuesday. Cassini's...

Saturn And Earth Pose Together In New Cassini Image
2013-11-12 11:30:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a new image taken by its Cassini spacecraft that shows off features of Saturn with Earth in the background. The new image, consisting of 141 wide-angle images, shows the view of Saturn as it would be seen by human eyes. The image sweeps 404,880 miles across Saturn and its inner ring system, showing the planet’s moons and rings, Earth, Venus and Mars. "In this one magnificent view, Cassini has delivered to us a...

Titan's Land Of Lakes
2013-10-24 04:25:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The sun is now shining down over the northern pole of Saturn's moon, Titan. Combine that with a bit of lucky weather and trajectories that put the spacecraft into optimal viewing positions, and NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained new pictures of the liquid methane and ethane lakes and seas near the moon's north pole. New clues about the formation of the lakes, and the Earth-like "hydrologic" cycle, which involves hydrocarbons rather...

Backlit Saturn Infrared Images
2013-10-18 14:08:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Without the sun to illuminate it, the ‘back’ of Saturn may not seem like much to look at. However, new images taken in the infrared spectrum that were released by NASA have revealed new details about the planet and its rings that are difficult to see from a sunlit view. "Looking at the Saturn system when it is backlit by the sun gives scientists a kind of inside-out view of Saturn that we don't normally see," said Matt Hedman, a...

2013-09-30 12:21:41

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn's moon Titan. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan's lower atmosphere by Cassini's Composite...

NASA And Homeland Security Testing Disaster Recovery Tool
2013-09-25 15:21:17

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind portable radar device to detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble resulting from a disaster. The prototype technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) can locate individuals buried as deep as 30 feet (about 9 meters) in crushed materials, hidden behind 20 feet (about 6 meters)...

2013-09-25 12:21:07

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind portable radar device to detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble resulting from a disaster. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The prototype technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) can locate individuals buried as deep as...


Latest Cassini–Huygens Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Titan -- Titan is the planet Saturn's largest moon. It is larger than either of the planets Mercury or Pluto and is the second-largest moon in the solar system after Ganymede (it was originally thought to be slightly larger than Ganymede, but recent observations have shown that its thick atmosphere caused overestimation of its diameter). Titan was discovered on March 25, 1655 by the Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens, making it one of the first non-terrestrial moons to be...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

The Planet Saturn -- in astronomy, 6th planet from the sun. Astronomical and Physical Characteristics of Saturn Saturn's orbit lies between those of Jupiter and Uranus; its mean distance from the sun is c.886 million mi (1.43 billion km), almost twice that of Jupiter, and its period of revolution is about 291/2 years. Saturn appears in the sky as a yellow, starlike object of the first magnitude. When viewed through a telescope, it is seen as a golden sphere, crossed by a series of...

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