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Cassini Going Strong 15 Years After Launch
2012-10-16 09:04:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the Cassini spacecraft hurtles around Saturn along its continuing mission, NASA announced the fifteen-year anniversary of the probe´s launch this week. The $3.3-billion mission lifted off the launch pad on October 15, 1997 and has traveled over 3.8 billion miles since – flying past Venus twice and Jupiter once en route to entering orbit around the ringed planet in 2004. The mission has provided a treasure trove of...

Titan Seasons Documented
2012-09-28 21:57:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As the fall season starts to ramp up here in the U.S., observations show Saturn's moon Titan has its own drastic seasonal changes. Astronomers presented findings at the European Planetary Science Congress on Friday about Titan's seasonal changes for the past 30 years. “As with Earth, conditions on Titan change with its seasons," Dr. Athena Coustenis from the Paris-Meudon Observatory in France, who analyzed the data, said...

Moon Of Saturn May Be Next Big Space Mission
2012-09-28 14:41:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We have sent a man to the moon, rovers to Mars and two Voyager missions into the great unknown reaches of space. Perhaps, it's time to land a boat on Titan. Although this idea is just in the concept stage, scientists say it is time to really consider it, and a group of engineers presented their proposals at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) on September 27, 2012. The European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) is an...

Mimas Disturbs Saturn's B-ring
2012-09-11 05:20:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) released an image of Saturn's rings on Monday provided by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Clumpy particles in the B-ring are in stark contrast to the delicately ordered ringlets of the rest of Saturn's rings. Saturn's B-ring is the largest and brightest of the gas giant's rings, the outer portion of which can be seen on the left side of the image. The moon, Mimas, which orbits Saturn once during every...

Voyager 1 Celebrates 35th Anniversary, About To Cross Threshold Into Interstellar Space
2012-09-05 09:57:27

[WATCH VIDEO] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Celebrating its 35th anniversary in space today, NASA´s Voyager 1 spacecraft is about to cross the threshold of our solar system, to boldly go where no man, nor machine, has ever gone before. While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when the American space company´s premier long distance journeyer will cross the boundary of the heliosphere, expert measurements have indicated that it is very close....

Cassini Takes Spectacular Images Of Saturn And Moon Titan
2012-08-30 09:23:11

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As NASA´s Cassini spacecraft continues its long-term visit of the sixth planet from the sun, it is continuing to surprise scientists with stunning images of the Saturnian environment. In the latest round of images, Cassini has shown the “true colors” of Saturn, and its largest moon Titan, in a spectacular fashion. One image captures the changing hues of Saturn´s northern and southern hemispheres as they pass...

2012-08-27 23:01:27

Saturn Systems was named to the 2012 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. with a 71% growth rate over the last three years. Saturn Systems is a national provider of custom software development and quality assurance services delivered through a Rural Outsourcing business model. Duluth, MN (PRWEB) August 26, 2012 Saturn Systems was named to the 2012 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. with a 71% growth rate over the last three...

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2012-08-20 21:22:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Monday marked the 35 year anniversary of NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launching from Earth, and embarking on a venture to go where no spacecraft has gone before. The Voyager 2 spacecraft, and its twin Voyager 1, are still hurtling through space, on a path that is sending them outside of our Solar System. "Even 35 years on, our rugged Voyager spacecraft are poised to make new discoveries as we eagerly await the signs that we've...

Sky Show Before The Mars Landing
2012-07-30 15:56:01

[ Watch The Video ] Every time NASA lands a rover on Mars--or even makes the attempt--it is cause for celebration. On August 5th, the heavens themselves are aligning to mark the event. Only a few hours before the Mars Science Lab spacecraft reaches the red planet and drops Curiosity on a hair-raising descent mission planners have dubbed the "seven minutes of terror," Mars itself will be put on a special show in the sunset skies of Earth: Together with Saturn and Spica (a blue giant star...


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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