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Saturn And Moons Show Off For The Holidays
2013-12-24 04:10:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Just in time for the holiday season, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured new images of Saturn and two of its moons – including Enceladus, a “white, glittering snowball of a moon,” the US space agency announced on Monday. Featured in the collection of newly-released images (which can be viewed online) are two views of Enceladus that highlight the several ridges and features that highlight the surface of the icy moon. The...

Titan - The Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes
2013-12-13 04:43:25

[ Watch the Video: Soaring Over Titan: Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Thanks to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, astronomers are gaining new insights into Saturn’s moon Titan, particularly when it comes to its hydrocarbon lakes and seas. According to the US space agency, Titan is one of the most Earth-like entities in the entire solar system. Besides our planet, the moon is the only other place in the Milky Way that has stable...

2013-12-12 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft is providing scientists with key clues about Saturn's moon Titan, and in particular, its hydrocarbon lakes and seas. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Titan is one of the most Earth-like places in the solar system, and the only place other than our planet that has stable liquid on its surface. Cassini's recent close flybys are bringing into sharper focus a region in Titan's...

Hubble Finds Europa Water Vapor
2013-12-12 13:10:28

[ Watch the Video: Europa Shows Evidence Of Liquid Water ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years scientists have suspected the presence of liquid water under the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Now, the Hubble Space Telescope has detected evidence of water vapor eruption from the moon’s surface, according to a new report published in Science Express on Thursday. The space agency is looking to observations from other sources to confirm Hubble’s initial...

2013-12-12 12:25:02

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter's moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon's surface. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa's icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain whether the...

2013-12-04 16:20:40

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This is the first movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about 20,000 miles (30,000 kilometers) across, the...

Cassini High Res Video Saturn Hexagon Jet Stream
2013-12-04 16:12:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has recorded the highest-resolution video to date of a unique six-sided jet stream located near Saturn’s north pole, the US space agency announced. This movie is the first to capture the phenomenon also known as the 'hexagon' using color filters, and is also the first footage to show a complete view of the top of the planet down to approximately 70 degrees latitude, NASA said. “Spanning about...

Voyager Project Scientist Receives Medal On The Colbert Report
2013-12-04 15:36:26

NASA As if NASA's Voyager mission didn't have enough firsts in its 36-year journey, what with sending the first spacecraft to Uranus, Neptune and, most recently, interstellar space! Now, it has another first back here on Earth: on last night’s episode of the Colbert Report (12/3/13), host Stephen Colbert floated across the stage in a spacesuit worthy of a 1950s-era sci-fi movie and presented Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone with a NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. The...

2013-11-12 12:21:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has released a natural color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new panoramic mosaic of the majestic Saturn system taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which shows the view as it would be seen by human eyes, was unveiled at the Newseum in Washington on Tuesday. Cassini's...

Saturn And Earth Pose Together In New Cassini Image
2013-11-12 11:30:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a new image taken by its Cassini spacecraft that shows off features of Saturn with Earth in the background. The new image, consisting of 141 wide-angle images, shows the view of Saturn as it would be seen by human eyes. The image sweeps 404,880 miles across Saturn and its inner ring system, showing the planet’s moons and rings, Earth, Venus and Mars. "In this one magnificent view, Cassini has delivered to us a...


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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