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2012-03-22 10:21:06

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has bestowed its highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The trophy was presented Wednesday during an evening ceremony at the museum in Washington. Established in 1985, the...

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2011-05-19 14:25:00

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed a giant early-spring storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere that is so powerful it stretches around the entire planet. NASA said on Thursday that the storm has been wrecking havoc for months and shooting plumes of gas high into the planet's atmosphere. Cassini's radio and plasma wave science instruments first detected the large disturbance, and amateur astronomers tracked its emergency in December 2010, according to the space agency. NASA said the...

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2010-10-07 07:35:00

Saturn's icy moon Enceladus should not be one of the most promising places in our solar system to look for extraterrestrial life. Instead, it should have frozen solid billions of years ago. Located in the frigid outer solar system, it's too far from the sun to have oceans of liquid water -- a necessary ingredient for known forms of life -- on its surface. Some worlds, like Mars or Jupiter's moon Europa, give hints that they might harbor liquid water beneath their surfaces. Mars is about 4,200...

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2010-05-12 07:25:00

It appears flash flooding has paved streambeds in the Xanadu region of Saturn's moon Titan with thousands of sparkling crystal balls of ice, according to scientists with NASA's Cassini spacecraft. By analyzing the way the terrain has scattered radar beams, scientists deduce the spheres measure at least a few centimeters (inches) and maybe up to a couple of meters (yards) in diameter. The spheres likely originated as part of water-ice bedrock in higher terrain in Xanadu. "What we believe...

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2010-02-12 20:30:00

On Feb. 13, 2010, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its closest examination yet of Mimas, an eyeball-shaped moon of Saturn that has also been likened to the Death Star of "Star Wars." The spacecraft will be returning the highest-resolution images yet of this battered satellite. Mimas bears the mark of a violent, giant impact from the past - the 140-kilometer-wide (88-mile-wide) Herschel Crater - and scientists hope the encounter will help them explain why the moon was not blown to...

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2009-12-19 09:10:00

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft has captured the first flash of sunlight reflected off a lake on Saturn's moon Titan, confirming the presence of liquid on the part of the moon dotted with many large, lake-shaped basins. Cassini scientists had been looking for the glint, also known as a specular reflection, since the spacecraft began orbiting Saturn in 2004. But Saturn's northern hemisphere, which has more lakes than the southern hemisphere, has been veiled in winter darkness. The sun only began to...

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2009-11-20 09:10:29

When NASA's Cassini spacecraft began orbiting Saturn five years ago, a dozen highly-tuned science instruments set to work surveying, sniffing, analyzing and scrutinizing the Saturnian system. But Cassini recently revealed new data that appeared to overturn the decades-old belief that our solar system resembled a comet in shape as it moves through the interstellar medium (the matter between stars in our corner of the Milky Way galaxy). Instead, the new results suggest our heliosphere more...

2009-05-04 08:00:00

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Roos Instruments, Inc. announced the delivery of another production test solution for Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar to a NATO defense contractor. AESA (phased array) Radars are used for both shipboard and airborne operations. Roos Instruments' Cassini test platform provides a significant improvement in test time and repeatability over pre-existing rack and stack equipment. "Cassini's ability to measure accurate phase and...

2009-04-05 13:34:55

Artist Simon Cassini says he and his wife Sheba were allowed to officially name their London home Love Shack thanks to a backyard barbecue. Cassini, 51, said while the Richmond Council had concerns the name Love Shack would mislead emergency workers, firefighters easily located their home while responding to a call of a possible backyard fire, The Sunday Telegraph reported. Richmond Council would not let us change the name of our house because in the event of an incident involving the...

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2008-11-12 14:40:00

Saturn has its own unique brand of aurora that lights up the polar cap, unlike any other planetary aurora known in our solar system. This odd aurora revealed itself to one of the infrared instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft. "We've never seen an aurora like this elsewhere," said Tom Stallard, a scientist working with Cassini data at the University of Leicester, England. Stallard is lead author of a paper that appears in the Nov. 13 issue of the journal Nature. "It's not just a ring of...