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Cassini Nears 100th Titan Flyby
2014-03-06 09:16:49

NASA Ten years ago, we knew Titan as a fuzzy orange ball about the size of Mercury. We knew it had a nitrogen atmosphere -- the only known world with a thick nitrogen atmosphere besides Earth. But what might lie beneath the hazy air was still just a guess. On March 6, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will swoop down within 933 miles (1,500 kilometers) of Titan to conduct its 100th flyby of the Saturn moon. Each flyby gives us a little more knowledge of Titan and its striking similarities to...

NASA Spacecraft Capture Stunning Views Of Saturn's Dancing Auroras
2014-02-11 13:22:13

[ Watch the Video: Saturn Puts On Quite A Light Show ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two NASA spacecraft captured 360 degree views of Saturn’s northern lights, giving a glimpse as to how the ringed planet looks when bathed in the Sun’s charged particles. Using the Hubble Space Telescope and Cassini, NASA collaborated along with international researchers to put together the footage of the Saturnian show. Hubble provided an ultraviolet wavelength view of the...

Saturn And Moons Show Off For The Holidays
2013-12-24 04:10:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Just in time for the holiday season, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured new images of Saturn and two of its moons – including Enceladus, a “white, glittering snowball of a moon,” the US space agency announced on Monday. Featured in the collection of newly-released images (which can be viewed online) are two views of Enceladus that highlight the several ridges and features that highlight the surface of the icy moon. The...

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...


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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