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Pale Blue Dot Shines In Cassini, MESSENGER Images
2013-07-23 08:37:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It might look like just one pale blue dot among millions of other similar looking objects, but NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently captured an 'Earth-selfie' from 890 million miles away. The image captured by the Saturn orbiter is actually a look into the past as light from Earth takes 80 minutes to reach the ringed planet. "We can't see individual continents or people in this portrait of Earth, but this pale blue dot is a succinct...

Smile And Wave At Saturn!
2013-07-19 04:43:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Cassini spacecraft, currently orbiting around Saturn, will be poised to snap an image of Earth on Friday, and the space agency is asking the public to photobomb the picture. Cassini will be positioned to take an image of Earth through the rings of Saturn, and NASA is asking everyone to go outside and get in the picture. "Cassini has photographed Earth before, but this will be the first time Earthlings know in advance their...

Cassini Helps Understand Saturn Storms
2013-06-24 13:05:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists reported in the journal Nature Geoscience that images taken by the Cassini space probe helped them understand the nature of the giant storms on Saturn. A team of researchers used Cassini images and computer models of the storms and clouds on Saturn to help explain the behavior of these events for the very first time. About once every 30 Earth years, an enormous storm takes place on the ringed planet, affecting various aspect...

Cassini Spacecraft To Take Picture Of Earth From Nearly 900 Million Miles Away
2013-06-19 06:21:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The jointly operated NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens orbiter exploring Saturn is set to take a spectacular image of Earth on the afternoon of July 19 during a solar eclipse of the sixth planet. Earth will actually appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of Saturn during the mosaic imaging event. NASA has invited the public to help acknowledge the interplanetary portrait by waving up to the skies when the image is taken....

Cassini Spacecraft Observes Aerosol 'Snow' On Saturn Moon Titan
2013-06-05 14:44:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists writing in The Astrophysical Journal say they have found aerosol "snow" on Saturn's moon Titan. The scientists said they confirmed the presence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the upper atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon. This study provides an explanation of the origin of the aerosol particles found in the lowest haze layer that blankets Titan's surface. Titan has an atmosphere most resembling that...

Possible Subsurface Ocean On Saturn Moon Dione
2013-05-30 14:16:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Once considered to be an afterthought when it came to Saturn´s moons, scientists now believe Dione likely had an active geological history after analyzing data sent back from NASA´s Cassini spacecraft. "A picture is emerging that suggests Dione could be a fossil of the wondrous activity Cassini discovered spraying from Saturn's geyser moon Enceladus or perhaps a weaker copycat Enceladus," said Cassini team leader Bonnie...


Latest Cassini–Huygens Reference Libraries

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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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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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