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NASA Releases "Wave At Saturn" Collage From Cassini Photo Shoot
2013-08-21 14:42:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA released a collage assembled from images taken on July 19, 2013 as part of the "Wave at Saturn" event organized by the space agency's Cassini mission. In July, the Cassini spacecraft snapped an image of Earth from 900 million miles away as part of a larger set of images it was collecting of the Saturn system it is orbiting. NASA let the public know that its spacecraft would be taking the image, and started an event asking the...

Traveling To Hard-to-reach Destinations Made Easier Thanks To NASA Technologist
2013-08-01 08:22:27

NASA Traveling to remote locations sometimes involves navigating through stop-and-go traffic, traversing long stretches of highway and maneuvering sharp turns and steep hills. The same can be said for guiding spacecraft to far-flung destinations in space. It isn't always a straight shot. A NASA technologist has developed a fully automated tool that gives mission planners a preliminary set of detailed directions for efficiently steering a spacecraft to hard-to-reach interplanetary...

Saturn Influences Jets Of Enceladus
2013-08-01 05:31:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The proximity of Saturn's moon Enceladus to the ringed planet can change the intensity of the jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from the moon, according to data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The findings, published in Nature, add to the growing evidence a liquid water reservoir or ocean lurks under the icy surface of the moon. The Cassini data is the first clear observation the bright plume emanating from...

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....


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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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