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Cassini Data Reveals Unexpected Features In Titan’s Icy Outer Shell
2013-08-28 15:52:50

[ Watch the Video: A Titan View from Huygens ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cassini, a joint NASA/ESA/ASI orbiter, arrived at Saturn a little over nine years and has been observing the ringed planet and its moons ever since. The latest data from the spacecraft shows that the planet's largest moon, Titan, has some unexpected features. A new study published in the journal Nature reveals that Titan's rigid outer ice shell has some features quite different from any...

Pale Blue Dot Shines In Cassini, MESSENGER Images
2013-07-23 08:37:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It might look like just one pale blue dot among millions of other similar looking objects, but NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently captured an 'Earth-selfie' from 890 million miles away. The image captured by the Saturn orbiter is actually a look into the past as light from Earth takes 80 minutes to reach the ringed planet. "We can't see individual continents or people in this portrait of Earth, but this pale blue dot is a succinct...

2013-07-22 20:20:09

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft July 19 show our planet and its moon as bright beacons from millions of miles away in space. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the color images of Earth and the moon from its perch in the Saturn system nearly 900 million miles (1.5 billion kilometers) away. MESSENGER, the first probe...

Smile And Wave At Saturn!
2013-07-19 04:43:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Cassini spacecraft, currently orbiting around Saturn, will be poised to snap an image of Earth on Friday, and the space agency is asking the public to photobomb the picture. Cassini will be positioned to take an image of Earth through the rings of Saturn, and NASA is asking everyone to go outside and get in the picture. "Cassini has photographed Earth before, but this will be the first time Earthlings know in advance their...

Cassini Spacecraft To Take Picture Of Earth From Nearly 900 Million Miles Away
2013-06-19 06:21:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The jointly operated NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens orbiter exploring Saturn is set to take a spectacular image of Earth on the afternoon of July 19 during a solar eclipse of the sixth planet. Earth will actually appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of Saturn during the mosaic imaging event. NASA has invited the public to help acknowledge the interplanetary portrait by waving up to the skies when the image is taken....

2013-06-18 16:21:13

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles on July 19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary portrait as it is being taken. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Earth will appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of Saturn in the image, which will be part of a mosaic, or...

Cassini Spacecraft Observes Aerosol 'Snow' On Saturn Moon Titan
2013-06-05 14:44:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists writing in The Astrophysical Journal say they have found aerosol "snow" on Saturn's moon Titan. The scientists said they confirmed the presence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the upper atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon. This study provides an explanation of the origin of the aerosol particles found in the lowest haze layer that blankets Titan's surface. Titan has an atmosphere most resembling that...

Saturn Moon Titan Topographically Mapped By Cassini
2013-05-16 10:54:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first global topographical map of Saturn´s moon Titan was created by scientists at the Cassini-Huygens mission. The map, published as part of a paper in the journal Icarus, will give researchers a valuable tool for learning more about one of the most Earth-like and interesting worlds in the solar system. With a radius of approximately 1,600 miles, Titan is Saturn´s largest moon. As the second-largest moon in the Solar...

2013-04-29 12:21:04

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In high-resolution pictures and video, scientists see the hurricane's eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of the...


Latest Huygens Reference Libraries

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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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