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2008-12-15 19:05:00

Titan's Volcanoes Give Nasa Spacecraft Chilly Reception PASADENA, Calif. "“ Data collected during several recent flybys of Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft have put another arrow in the quiver of scientists who think the Saturnian moon contains active cryovolcanoes spewing a super-chilled liquid into its atmosphere. The information was released today during a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Calif. "Cryovolcanoes are some of the most intriguing features in...

2008-12-15 14:31:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The closer scientists look at Saturn's small moon Enceladus, the more they find evidence of an active world. The most recent flybys of Enceladus made by NASA's Cassini spacecraft have provided new signs of ongoing changes on and around the moon. The latest high-resolution images of Enceladus show signs that the south polar surface changes over time. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Close views of the southern...

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2008-12-15 15:05:00

The closer scientists look at Saturn's small moon Enceladus, the more they find evidence of an active world. The most recent flybys of Enceladus made by NASA's Cassini spacecraft have provided new signs of ongoing changes on and around the moon. The latest high-resolution images of Enceladus show signs that the south polar surface changes over time. Close views of the southern polar region, where jets of water vapor and icy particles spew from vents within the moon's distinctive "tiger...

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2008-11-26 14:55:00

A team of astronomers said on Thursday that supersonic plumes of gas and dust shooting off one of Saturn's moons suggest strong evidence of liquid water, a key building block of life. The new discovery adds to the growing push to further explore the moon Enceladus, as some believe it is one of the solar system's most compelling places for potential life. NASA astronomers estimated through images from the Cassini probe that the mysterious plumes shooting from Enceladus' icy terrain contained...

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2008-10-06 13:40:00

As major league baseball readies for the World Series, NASA's Cassini team will come to bat twice this month when the spacecraft flies by Saturn's geyser moon, Enceladus. The Oct. 9 flyby is an inside pitch -- the closest flyby yet of any moon of Saturn, at only 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the surface. The Oct. 31 flyby is farther out, at 196 kilometers (122 miles). Scientists are intrigued by the possibility that liquid water, perhaps even an ocean, may exist beneath the surface of...

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2008-08-14 22:20:00

PASADENA, Calif. -- In a feat of interplanetary sharpshooting, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has pinpointed precisely where the icy jets erupt from the surface of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus. New carefully targeted pictures reveal exquisite details in the prominent south polar "tiger stripe" fractures from which the jets emanate. The images show the fractures are about 300 meters (980 feet) deep, with V-shaped inner walls. The outer flanks of some of the fractures show extensive...

2008-08-08 08:32:34

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is going to get another up-close-and-personal look at Saturn's moon Enceladus on Monday. Scientists hope the glimpse at fractures on the icy moon's surface will provide clues as to how the jets spewing from them form. The spacecraft will zoom past the tiny moon just 30 miles (50 kilometers) over the surface. Immediately after closest approach, Cassini will train its cameras onto the fissures that run along Enceladus' south pole. Jets of icy...

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2008-08-12 06:30:00

Shorty after 9:03 p.m. Pacific Time, the Cassini spacecraft began sending data to Earth following a close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus. During closest approach, Cassini successfully passed only 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the surface of the tiny moon. Cassini's signal was picked up by the Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia, and relayed to the Cassini mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "We are happy to report that Cassini's begun...

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2008-08-07 12:25:00

Fractures, or "tiger stripes," where icy jets erupt on Saturn's moon Enceladus will be the target of a close flyby by the Cassini spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 11. Cassini will zoom past the tiny moon a mere 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the surface. Just after closest approach, all of the spacecraft's cameras -- covering infrared wavelengths, where temperatures are mapped, as well as visible light and ultraviolet -- will focus on the fissures running along the moon's south pole. That is where...

2008-04-26 10:15:57

NEW YORK — Stunning images of Saturn and its moons will bring the ringed planet down to Earth for visitors at the American Museum of Natural History here starting Saturday. The new exhibition "Saturn: Images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission" offers just a sample of the more than 140,000 images beamed back to Earth across half a billion miles by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Launched by NASA in 1997, Cassini became the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn in 2004. The international...