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Titan In The Shadows Of Saturn’s Rings
2012-06-20 04:01:17

Titan appears to be strung like a bead on Saturn´s rings, which cast shadows onto the southern hemisphere of the gas giant in this beautiful image from Cassini. Faint but exquisite detail in the gas giant´s upper atmosphere paints a tranquil scene. A thin band of bright white ammonia ice clouds is etched into the planet´s disc towards the top of the image while clouds dotted below are faded scars of a huge storm that raged across the planet through much of 2011. Shadows...

Cassini, Saturn Moon Photographer
2012-05-04 03:18:29

Shortly after passing Enceladus, Cassini had a non-targeted encounter of Dione. At closest approach, the spacecraft flew within about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) of the moon. Cassini's cameras captured several mosaics during this encounter, including one taken around the time of closest approach that covered a fracture named Latium Chasma at resolutions of about 175 feet (53 meters) per pixel. Other mosaics cover much of Dione's northern hemisphere that faces away from Saturn in its orbit,...

Image 1 - Cassini Eyes Blazing Trails In Saturn’s F-ring
2012-04-25 03:30:19

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com [ Watch the Video ] Scientists studying images from NASA´s Cassini spacecraft have found evidence of massive snowballs dragging glittering trails from one of Saturn´s rings. Saturn´s F ring has often been thought to be the most affected of the giant plant´s rings, often changing its look over the course of hours. The orbiting debris field measures a few hundred miles wide and is shepherded around the planet by two moons,...

Cassini Mission's Final Plans Laid Out
2012-03-26 12:09:00

The Cassini space probe will be diving into a gap between Saturn's atmosphere and its innermost ring for the final part of its mission in 2016. Linda Spilker, the mission's project scientist, outlined the details of the spacecraft's final leg recently at the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in the Woodlands, Texas. Cassini's last set of orbits may bring scientists a new perspective, and help unlock more clues about Saturn's rings. The spacecraft will carry out about...

Cassini Receives Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum's Highest Honor
2012-03-23 03:54:01

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. The trophy was presented Wednesday during an evening ceremony at the museum in Washington. Established in 1985, the award has been presented to seven NASA planetary mission teams. "This joint mission has produced an...

Cassini Sees Saturn Stressing Out Enceladus
2012-03-20 03:15:13

Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have, for the first time, enabled scientists to correlate the spraying of jets of water vapor from fissures on Saturn's moon Enceladus with the way Saturn's gravity stretches and stresses the fissures. The result is among the Cassini findings presented today at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference at The Woodlands, Texas. "This new work gives scientists insight into the mechanics of these picturesque jets at Enceladus and shows that Saturn really...

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2012-03-12 16:52:00

This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea, was taken on March 10, 2012, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This was a relatively distant flyby with a close-approach distance of 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers), well suited for global geologic mapping. During the flyby, Cassini captured distinctive views of the moon's cratered surface, creating a 30-frame mosaic of Rhea's leading hemisphere and the side of the moon that faces away from Saturn. The observations included...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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