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Titan Sees Seasonal Changes
2012-11-28 21:47:01

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. While the Book of Ecclesiastes and American folk singer Pete Seeger may not have considered Titan, the planet Saturn´s largest moon, as something unto which there is a season, it does seem that the moon has seen a type of turn or change in the seasons. On Wednesday, scientists using the international Cassini spacecraft have studied the rapid...

Pac-Man Seen Near Saturnpacman
2012-11-26 21:52:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced on Monday its Cassini spacecraft has helped to discover a "video gamers' paradise" at Saturn. The space agency said scientists have spotted a second feature shaped like the 1980s video game icon Pac Man in the Saturn system on the moon Tethys. The pattern found appears in the thermal data obtained by Cassini composite infrared spectrometer. "Finding a second Pac-Man in the Saturn system tells us that the...

NASA Employee Was Not Fired For His Beliefs: Judge
2012-11-02 12:35:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A judge has determined that a former computer specialists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was not let go because he advocated his belief in intelligent design while at work. David Coppedge worked on NASA's Cassini mission to explore Saturn for 15 years, until he was fired by the space agency in 2011. Coppedge claimed he was demoted in 2009, then fired for engaging his co-workers in conversations about intelligent design and for...

Cassini Shows Titan Glow In The Dark On Halloween
2012-11-01 06:21:22

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory A literal shot in the dark by imaging cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has yielded an image of a visible glow from Titan, emanating not just from the top of Titan's atmosphere, but also - surprisingly - from deep in the atmosphere through the moon's haze. A person in a balloon in Titan's haze layer wouldn't see the glow because it's too faint - something like a millionth of a watt. Scientists were able to detect it with Cassini because the spacecraft's...

Cassini Going Strong 15 Years After Launch
2012-10-16 09:04:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the Cassini spacecraft hurtles around Saturn along its continuing mission, NASA announced the fifteen-year anniversary of the probe´s launch this week. The $3.3-billion mission lifted off the launch pad on October 15, 1997 and has traveled over 3.8 billion miles since – flying past Venus twice and Jupiter once en route to entering orbit around the ringed planet in 2004. The mission has provided a treasure trove of...

Analysis Indicates Huygens Probe Had Rough Landing On Saturn’s Moon Titan In 2005
2012-10-12 08:28:31

[WATCH VIDEO: Touching Down On Titan] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency´s (ESA) Huygens space probe, which landed on Saturn´s largest moon Titan in 2005, had a bit of a shaky landing in the final seconds of its Titanian descent. After touching down on the distant landscape--the farthest away any spacecraft has ever landed--the probe “bounced, slid and wobbled” to its final resting place, according to a new analysis...

Moon Of Saturn May Be Next Big Space Mission
2012-09-28 14:41:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We have sent a man to the moon, rovers to Mars and two Voyager missions into the great unknown reaches of space. Perhaps, it's time to land a boat on Titan. Although this idea is just in the concept stage, scientists say it is time to really consider it, and a group of engineers presented their proposals at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) on September 27, 2012. The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) is an...

Mimas Disturbs Saturn's B-ring
2012-09-11 05:20:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) released an image of Saturn's rings on Monday provided by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Clumpy particles in the B-ring are in stark contrast to the delicately ordered ringlets of the rest of Saturn's rings. Saturn's B-ring is the largest and brightest of the gas giant's rings, the outer portion of which can be seen on the left side of the image. The moon, Mimas, which orbits Saturn once during every...

Cassini Takes Spectacular Images Of Saturn And Moon Titan
2012-08-30 09:23:11

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As NASA´s Cassini spacecraft continues its long-term visit of the sixth planet from the sun, it is continuing to surprise scientists with stunning images of the Saturnian environment. In the latest round of images, Cassini has shown the “true colors” of Saturn, and its largest moon Titan, in a spectacular fashion. One image captures the changing hues of Saturn´s northern and southern hemispheres as they pass...


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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