Latest Exploration of Saturn Stories
The Cassini mission, a joint venture of NASA and the European and Italian space agencies has been orbiting Saturn for five Earth years as of Tuesday. NASA officials said that is about one sixth of a Saturnian year -- enough time for the spacecraft to have observed seasonal changes on the planet, its moons and sunlight's angle on the dramatic rings. Cassini passed through a gap in the rings as it entered orbit on June 30, 2004, NASA said.
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.
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 closer scientists look at Saturn's small moon Enceladus, the more they find evidence of an active world.
What generates Enceladus' jet plumes is a burning question in planetary science, because if liquid water is involved, Enceladus would be shown to have everything it needs, in theory, to provide a habitable environment.
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.
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.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is going to get another up-close-and-personal look at Saturn's moon Enceladus on Monday.
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