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NASA Invites You To Join In The Cassini Name Game

NASA Invites You To Join In The Cassini Name Game

NASA As NASA's Cassini mission approaches its 10th anniversary at Saturn, its team members back here on Earth are already looking ahead to an upcoming phase. Starting in late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft will repeatedly climb high above...

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Your 15 Minutes Of 'Frame' From Cassini
2014-03-17 14:12:59

[ Watch The Video: Cassini: Coming Attractions at Saturn ] NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Arguably the most photogenic planet in the solar system, Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet after Jupiter. With its luminous striped surface and stunning ring system, the planet is a wonder to view, especially from orbit, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft has demonstrated since arriving at the Saturn system in 2004. Over the years, the Cassini mission...

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...

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...

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 Sees Seasonal Plasma Changes On Saturn
2013-05-03 19:11:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Cassini spacecraft has helped shed light on one way the bubble of charged particles around Saturn changes with the planet's seasons. Earth has a magnetosphere like Saturn, and the latest results may help scientists better understand variations in it and the Van Allen radiation belts, which both affect things from space flight safety to satellite and cell phone communications. Researchers wrote in the Journal of Geophysical...

2013-04-29 12:21:04

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In high-resolution pictures and video, scientists see the hurricane's eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of the...

How Charged Water Particles Affect Saturn's Atmosphere
2013-04-10 19:36:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study published in the journal Nature found that the "rain" of charged water particles in Saturn's atmosphere influences the composition and temperature of the planet's upper atmosphere and rings. The study, led by the University of Leicester in England, reveals that there is a significant interaction between its atmosphere and ring system. "The main effect of ring rain is that it acts to 'quench' the ionosphere of...

Last Close Flyby Of Saturnian Moon Rhea Made By Cassini
2013-03-08 08:57:45

NASA NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be swooping close to Saturn's moon Rhea on Saturday, March 9, the last close flyby of Rhea in Cassini's mission. The primary purpose will be to probe the internal structure of the moon by measuring the gravitational pull of Rhea against the spacecraft's steady radio link to NASA's Deep Space Network here on Earth. The results will help scientists understand whether the moon is homogeneous all the way through or whether it has differentiated into the...