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2009-07-01 14:00:28

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. It finished its prime mission in 2008 and continues to...

2009-03-24 12:55:49

The U.S. space agency's Cassini spacecraft has produced new movies and images of Saturn's moon Titan, providing new glimpses of its Earth-like landscapes. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the new flyover topographic maps were made from stereo pairs of radar images by Cassini radar team member Randy Kirk of the Astrogeology Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey. NASA said Kirk used some of the 20 or so areas where two or more overlapping radar measurements were...

2009-03-12 15:19:18

U.S. space agency scientists say the Cassini spacecraft has successfully switched to a backup set of propulsion thrusters as it orbits Saturn. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the late Wednesday swap was performed because of degradation in the performance of the primary thrusters, which had been in use since Cassini's launch in 1997. The space agency said the switch marked only the second time in Cassini's 11 years of flight that its engineering teams have gone to a...

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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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