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2014-04-03 16:20:19

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when Cassini discovered water vapor and ice spewing from...

Your 15 Minutes Of 'Frame' From Cassini
2014-03-17 14:12:59

[ Watch The Video: Cassini: Coming Attractions at Saturn ] NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Arguably the most photogenic planet in the solar system, Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet after Jupiter. With its luminous striped surface and stunning ring system, the planet is a wonder to view, especially from orbit, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft has demonstrated since arriving at the Saturn system in 2004. Over the years, the Cassini mission...

Cassini Nears 100th Titan Flyby
2014-03-06 09:16:49

NASA Ten years ago, we knew Titan as a fuzzy orange ball about the size of Mercury. We knew it had a nitrogen atmosphere -- the only known world with a thick nitrogen atmosphere besides Earth. But what might lie beneath the hazy air was still just a guess. On March 6, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will swoop down within 933 miles (1,500 kilometers) of Titan to conduct its 100th flyby of the Saturn moon. Each flyby gives us a little more knowledge of Titan and its striking similarities to...

Fly Eye Wins Huygens Image Contest
2014-01-15 15:31:48

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology Karin Panser is a member of Andrew Straw’s group at the IMP Vienna. The team addresses the fundamental question of how the brain of a fruit fly functions. "We aim to understand how the fly processes complex visual input and translates that into a specific coordinated behavior," Panser explains. For her neuroscientific studies, she needs greatly enlarged, detailed pictures generated with a confocal microscope. To process and analyze her data,...

2013-12-12 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft is providing scientists with key clues about Saturn's moon Titan, and in particular, its hydrocarbon lakes and seas. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Titan is one of the most Earth-like places in the solar system, and the only place other than our planet that has stable liquid on its surface. Cassini's recent close flybys are bringing into sharper focus a region in Titan's...

2013-12-04 16:20:40

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This is the first movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about 20,000 miles (30,000 kilometers) across, the...

Saturn And Earth Pose Together In New Cassini Image
2013-11-12 11:30:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a new image taken by its Cassini spacecraft that shows off features of Saturn with Earth in the background. The new image, consisting of 141 wide-angle images, shows the view of Saturn as it would be seen by human eyes. The image sweeps 404,880 miles across Saturn and its inner ring system, showing the planet’s moons and rings, Earth, Venus and Mars. "In this one magnificent view, Cassini has delivered to us a...

2013-09-30 12:21:41

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn's moon Titan. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan's lower atmosphere by Cassini's Composite...

International Space Experts Appointed To Judging Panel For Google Lunar XPRIZE
2013-09-30 09:51:04

AlphaGalileo Foundation Google Lunar XPRIZE has announced the line-up for its Judging Panel: eight international experts with experience from iconic space missions including Apollo, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Huygens probe to Titan, the Swift gamma-ray burst mission and the Curiosity Mars rover. The Google Lunar XPRIZE, a global competition that will reward the first privately funded enterprises to place a robotic explorer on the surface of the Moon, currently has 21 teams...

Saturn Moon May Provide Answers On How Life Evolved On Earth
2013-09-13 07:55:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A most unlikely venue, nearly one billion miles away, is giving scientists glimpses of the events that nurtured life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago. Jonathan Lunine, PhD, from Cornell University, is the leader of an international effort to understand Titan, one of the most unusual moons in the Solar System. Lunine presented the findings of the more than 260 scientists involved with the project at the 246th National Meeting...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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