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In an action-packed day and a half, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be making its closest swoop over the surface of Saturn's moon Dione and scrutinizing the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
Saturn's icy moon Rhea might seem a strange place to look for clues to understanding the vast majestic rings encircling Saturn.
Scientists using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have learned that distinctive, colorful bands and splotches embellish the surfaces of Saturn's inner, mid-size moons.
Observations of how Saturnâ€™s moon Enceladus interacts with its environment show it leaves a complex pattern of ripples and bubbles in its wake.
In a special double flyby early next week, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will visit Saturn's moons Titan and Dione within a period of about a day and a half, with no maneuvers in between.
NASA says its Cassini spacecraft's magnetospheric imaging instrument has detected a new, temporary radiation belt around the orbit of one of Saturn's moons. Scientists located the new radiation belt in the orbit of the moon Dione, about 234,000 miles from the center of the planet. The new belt, which has been named the Dione belt, was detected by the instrument for only a few weeks on three separate occasions in 2005, the space agency said in a statement.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of material orbiting Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon. This is the first time rings may have been found around a moon.
Cassini scientists may have identified the source of one of Saturn's more mysterious rings. Saturn's G ring likely is produced by relatively large, icy particles that reside within a bright arc on the ring's inner edge.
Saturnâ€™s moons Tethys and Dione are flinging great streams of particles into space. The discovery suggests the possibility of some sort of geological activity, perhaps even volcanic, on these icy worlds.
- Growing in low tufty patches.