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Secrets Of Saturns Mysterious Hexagonal Wave Revealed

Secrets Of Saturn's Mysterious Hexagonal Wave Revealed

Universidad del País Vasco Researchers of the University of the Basque Country reveal some of the secrets of Saturn's mysterious hexagonal wave, including its rotation period, which could be that of the planet itself In 1980 and 1981 NASA's...

Latest Saturn Stories

2014-04-14 16:21:17

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Images taken with Cassini's narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's A ring -- the outermost of the planet's large, bright rings. One...

NASA Invites You To Join In The Cassini Name Game
2014-04-14 11:59:56

NASA As NASA's Cassini mission approaches its 10th anniversary at Saturn, its team members back here on Earth are already looking ahead to an upcoming phase. Starting in late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft will repeatedly climb high above Saturn's north pole, flying just outside its narrow F ring. Cassini will probe the water-rich plume of the active geysers on the planet's intriguing moon Enceladus, and then will hop the rings and dive between the planet and innermost ring 22 times....

Ocean Inside Enceladus
2014-04-04 04:46:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have discovered evidence of a large underground ocean of liquid water on one of Saturn’s moons, suggesting that the satellite could be home to extraterrestrial microbes, according to research appearing in Friday’s edition of the journal Science. Marc Kaufman of National Geographic reports the ocean is located between the rocky core and a layer of thick ice on Enceladus , one of...

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...

Chariklo
2014-03-27 03:37:28

[ Watch the Video: Artist’s Impression of Ring System Around Chariklo ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers writing in the journal Nature say they have observed a minor planet which contains two rings of ice and pebbles for the first time. Chariklo sits about 1.2 billion miles out in the solar system between Saturn and Uranus, and the minor planet, or asteroid, has been known about for many years. However, this is the first time astronomers discovered...

Cassini Radar Data Shows Calm Seas On Saturnian Moon Titan
2014-03-20 10:08:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several presentations this past week at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) talked about the possibility of waves rippling across the seas of Saturn's largest moon Titan. Data taken from NASA/ESA/ASI’s Cassini mission revealed some pixilation in the sea of Punga Mare that led researchers to assume rippling was occurring on the liquid hydrocarbon lake. Some new research, published online in Geophysical Research...

Discovery Of Waves On Titan Is A First For Planetary Science
2014-03-19 08:10:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Saturn’s largest moon Titan it has long been known that the surface has liquid oceans. However, the movements of these liquid hydrocarbon seas have eluded prying eyes for years. Now, the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft may have caught its first glimpse of movement on this faraway moon. After years of searching, scientists believe they have finally spotted waves rippling on the seas of Titan. If this can be confirmed, it would...

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...

Mini Rocket Models Used In Big Way For Space Launch System Base Heating Test
2014-03-06 14:29:37

[ Watch The Video: Models Helping Engineers Better Understand Heat ] Megan Davidson, NASA To better understand the heating conditions at the base of what will be the biggest, most powerful rocket ever built, engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are thinking small -- really small. Models of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) core stage RS-25 engines and solid rocket boosters -- scaled down to just 2 percent of the actual size of the flight hardware...

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...


Latest Saturn 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...

Gas Giant
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Gas Giant -- A gas giant is a generic astronomical term invented by the science fiction writer James Blish to describe any large planet that is not composed mostly of rock or other solid matter. Gas giants may still have a solid core - in fact, it is expected that such a core is probably required for a gas giant to form - but the majority of its mass is in the form of gas (or gas compressed into a liquid state). Unlike rocky planets, gas giants do not have a well-defined surface. There...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Neptune -- Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun. It is a gas giant. Orbiting so far from the sun, Neptune receives very little heat. Its 'surface' temperature is -218 degrees Celsius (below zero). However, the planet seems to have an internal source of heat. It is thought that this may be leftover heat generated by infalling matter during the planet's birth, now slowly radiating away into space. Neptune's atmosphere has the highest wind speeds in the solar system, up to...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus -- Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun. It is a gas giant. Physical characteristics Uranus is composed primarily of rock and various ices, with only about 15% hydrogen and a little helium (in contrast to Jupiter and Saturn which are mostly hydrogen). Uranus (and Neptune) are in many ways similar to the cores of Jupiter and Saturn minus the massive liquid metallic hydrogen envelope. It appears that Uranus does not have a rocky core like Jupiter and Saturn but rather...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Phoebe -- Phoebe is the outermost of Saturn's known moons. Phoebe is almost 4 times more distant from Saturn than its nearest neighbor (Iapetus). It was discovered by William Henry Pickering in 1898. Most of Saturn's moons have very bright surfaces, but Phoebe's albedo is very low (.06), as dark as lampblack. All of Saturn's moons except for Phoebe and Iapetus orbit very nearly in the plane of Saturn's equator. Phoebe's orbit is retrograde, inclined almost 175, and is...

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