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Titan's Land Of Lakes
2013-10-24 04:25:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The sun is now shining down over the northern pole of Saturn's moon, Titan. Combine that with a bit of lucky weather and trajectories that put the spacecraft into optimal viewing positions, and NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained new pictures of the liquid methane and ethane lakes and seas near the moon's north pole. New clues about the formation of the lakes, and the Earth-like "hydrologic" cycle, which involves hydrocarbons rather...

Backlit Saturn Infrared Images
2013-10-18 14:08:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Without the sun to illuminate it, the ‘back’ of Saturn may not seem like much to look at. However, new images taken in the infrared spectrum that were released by NASA have revealed new details about the planet and its rings that are difficult to see from a sunlit view. "Looking at the Saturn system when it is backlit by the sun gives scientists a kind of inside-out view of Saturn that we don't normally see," said Matt Hedman, a...

2013-10-10 23:28:42

BoatsToGo.com would like to introduce the amazing SD330W 11’ Extra-Wide Inflatable Fishing boat from Saturn, the leading inflatable boat manufacturer on the market today. Miami, Florida (PRWEB) October 10, 2013 Saturn specially designed this inflatable boat to bring its owners extra comfort when they are out on the water. They did this by taking their best-selling inflatable boat, the 11’ SD330, and widening the interior space to a huge 79 inches. And as a bonus, the forward-thinking...

diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn
2013-10-10 14:56:56

[ Watch the Video: Are There Diamonds On Saturn And Jupiter? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists speaking at the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society say that Saturn and Jupiter may hold what many consider to be the key to a woman's heart: Diamonds. And lots of them. A team from the California Specialty Engineering and the University of Wisconsin, Madison said that Jupiter and Saturn could contain solid diamonds in their...

Cassini Discovers Titan Atmosphere Loaded With Plastics Ingredient
2013-09-30 13:17:41

[ Watch the Video: Plastics Chemical Found In Titan's Atmosphere ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the Cassini spacecraft’s examinations in the infrared spectrum, NASA researchers have identified atmospheric propylene – which is used to make plastic containers here on Earth – on Saturn’s moon Titan. The discovery marks the first time the plastic ingredient has been seen outside of Earth and is described in a new paper, published in Astrophysical...

2013-09-30 12:21:41

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn's moon Titan. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan's lower atmosphere by Cassini's Composite...

Saturn Moon May Provide Answers On How Life Evolved On Earth
2013-09-13 07:55:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A most unlikely venue, nearly one billion miles away, is giving scientists glimpses of the events that nurtured life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago. Jonathan Lunine, PhD, from Cornell University, is the leader of an international effort to understand Titan, one of the most unusual moons in the Solar System. Lunine presented the findings of the more than 260 scientists involved with the project at the 246th National Meeting...

Cassini Uncovers New Data About Saturn's Atmosphere Composition
2013-09-04 11:00:03

[ Watch the Video: Saturn Storm Reveals Its Explosive Power ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new analysis of near-infrared images taken by NASA's Cassini orbiter is providing more data about the composition of Saturn's atmosphere. Scientists, publishing a paper in the journal Icarus, say they have discovered that cloud particles at the top of Saturn's great storms are composed of a mix of three substances, including water ice, ammonia ice and an uncertain third...

Cassini Data Reveals Unexpected Features In Titan’s Icy Outer Shell
2013-08-28 15:52:50

[ Watch the Video: A Titan View from Huygens ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cassini, a joint NASA/ESA/ASI orbiter, arrived at Saturn a little over nine years and has been observing the ringed planet and its moons ever since. The latest data from the spacecraft shows that the planet's largest moon, Titan, has some unexpected features. A new study published in the journal Nature reveals that Titan's rigid outer ice shell has some features quite different from any...

NASA Releases "Wave At Saturn" Collage From Cassini Photo Shoot
2013-08-21 14:42:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA released a collage assembled from images taken on July 19, 2013 as part of the "Wave at Saturn" event organized by the space agency's Cassini mission. In July, the Cassini spacecraft snapped an image of Earth from 900 million miles away as part of a larger set of images it was collecting of the Saturn system it is orbiting. NASA let the public know that its spacecraft would be taking the image, and started an event asking the...


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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