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Cassini Spies On Earth's Sister Venus From Behind Saturn's Rings
2013-03-04 13:54:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The international Cassini spacecraft, a NASA, European Space Agency (ESA) and Italian Space Agency (ASI) jointly-operated project, has taken some unique pictures of Earth's twin planet from the perspective of Saturn. The Cassini-Huygens mission launched on October 15, 1997, traveling 2.2 billion miles toward Saturn, reaching the distant ringed-planet June 30, 2004. The orbiter includes 18 sophisticated science instruments to help...

Cassini Records Possible Supernova Shockwave On Saturn
2013-02-18 16:08:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the first time, scientists from the international Cassini spacecraft have detected subatomic particles that have been accelerated to ultra-high energies in a blast of solar wind around Saturn, hinting at the possibility that the ringed planet may have experienced the aftermath of a supernova. According to a report by the European Space Agency (ESA) that appeared recently in the journal Nature Physics, this acceleration may be the...

Six Month Saturn Storm Eats Itself
2013-01-31 19:48:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Cassini mission scientists have observed a huge thunder-and-lightning storm on Saturn consume itself for the first time. The NASA scientists said in a paper published in the journal Icarus that they observed as the massive storm made its way around the planet, until it ran into its own tail and dissipated. "This Saturn storm behaved like a terrestrial hurricane - but with a twist unique to Saturn," Andrew Ingersoll, a Cassini...

Huygens Celebrates Eighth Year Since Titan Landing
2013-01-14 10:43:09

[ Watch the Video: The Huygens Experience ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Eight years ago today, Huygens became the first probe to touch down on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. Huygens was first released from the international Cassini spacecraft on Christmas Day 2004, and it arrived at Titan three weeks later. Cassini has been orbiting around Saturn since July 2004, and the spacecraft will continue its operations until 2017. ESA released an animation...

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...

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...

2012-10-25 11:20:20

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn. Data reveal record-setting disturbances in the planet's upper atmosphere long after the visible signs of the storm abated, in addition to an indication the storm was more forceful than scientists previously thought. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Data from Cassini's composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) instrument...

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...

Image 1 - Saturn Moon Has Planet-Like Properties, NASA Finds
2012-04-27 08:07:32

Phoebe, one of Saturn´s 60+ moons, has been found to have planet-like properties, NASA scientists discovered while analyzing swarms of data collected and transmitted by the Cassini orbiter. New analysis of images of Phoebe lead scientists to theorize how the 140-mile-in-diameter rock started life. They suggest that it began its life as a planetoid in the Kuiper belt, a much larger version of the asteroid belt that sits on the outer edge of our planetary system. The scientists...