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Huygens Celebrates Eighth Year Since Titan Landing
2013-01-14 10:43:09

[ Watch the Video: The Huygens Experience ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Eight years ago today, Huygens became the first probe to touch down on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. Huygens was first released from the international Cassini spacecraft on Christmas Day 2004, and it arrived at Titan three weeks later. Cassini has been orbiting around Saturn since July 2004, and the spacecraft will continue its operations until 2017. ESA released an animation...

New Cassini Images Indicate Floating Ice On Titan
2013-01-09 09:16:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at NASA's Cassini mission revealed today that blocks of hydrocarbon ice might cover the surface of existing lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbon on Saturn's moon Titan. Cassini's mixed readings from the reflectivity of the surfaces of the lakes on Titan might be explained by the presence of ice floes. "One of the most intriguing questions about these lakes and seas is whether they might host an exotic form of life," said...

Transit Of Venus Across The Sun Occurs Today
2012-12-21 07:49:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online So it´s December 21st and the world is still here. Does that mean the doomsayers were full of baloney? Or did they just misread the warnings? Perhaps the Mayans knew today´s date was special for some other reason than total annihilation. If so, then you may be happy to know they would have been right. Phil Nicholson, a Cornell University scientist said this week that Venus will be making a second transit across the face...

Cassini Captures Stunning Images Of Saturn
2012-12-19 09:59:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Delivered just in time for the holiday season, another glorious, backlit image of the planet Saturn has arrived from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which has been in orbit around the planet for more than eight years. Cassini was deliberately positioned within Saturn's shadow during its 174th orbit around the gas giant on October 17, 2012. This positioning made for a perfect location from which to look in the direction of the Sun and...

Cassini Spots Nile River On Saturn's Moon Titan
2012-12-13 05:33:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Cassini mission has spotted a miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile River on Saturn's moon Titan. The find is the first time images have revealed a tier system this vast, and in such high resolution at any place other than Earth. Scientists believe the river is filled with liquid because it appears dark along its entire extend in the images. “Though there are some short, local meanders, the relative...

Cassini Data Indicates Saturn’s Moon Titan Is Icier Than Thought
2012-12-04 08:44:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Titan, Saturn´s largest moon, has long been projected as an icy body with a vast ocean of liquid water underneath its crust. A recent analysis suggested that heat generated from within the natural satellite helps keep this ocean from freezing due to interactions it has with Saturn and the other moons. And now, a new analysis of the moon´s topography and gravity indicates that its icy outer crust is twice as dense as...

Titan Sees Seasonal Changes
2012-11-28 21:47:01

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. While the Book of Ecclesiastes and American folk singer Pete Seeger may not have considered Titan, the planet Saturn´s largest moon, as something unto which there is a season, it does seem that the moon has seen a type of turn or change in the seasons. On Wednesday, scientists using the international Cassini spacecraft have studied the rapid...

Pac-Man Seen Near Saturnpacman
2012-11-26 21:52:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced on Monday its Cassini spacecraft has helped to discover a "video gamers' paradise" at Saturn. The space agency said scientists have spotted a second feature shaped like the 1980s video game icon Pac Man in the Saturn system on the moon Tethys. The pattern found appears in the thermal data obtained by Cassini composite infrared spectrometer. "Finding a second Pac-Man in the Saturn system tells us that the...

Cassini Shows Titan Glow In The Dark On Halloween
2012-11-01 06:21:22

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory A literal shot in the dark by imaging cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has yielded an image of a visible glow from Titan, emanating not just from the top of Titan's atmosphere, but also - surprisingly - from deep in the atmosphere through the moon's haze. A person in a balloon in Titan's haze layer wouldn't see the glow because it's too faint - something like a millionth of a watt. Scientists were able to detect it with Cassini because the spacecraft's...

Saturn Storm Aftermath Seen By Cassini
2012-10-25 12:54:42

[ Watch the Video: Saturn´s Record-Setting Storm ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the "Perfect Storm" begins to set its place on the East Coast, there has been another massive storm that has taken place, but not on this planet. NASA's Cassini spacecraft tracked the aftermath of a rare massive storm on Saturn, revealing disturbances in the planet's upper atmosphere long after the visible signs of the storm abated. Data from Cassini's composite infrared...


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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