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Sep 15, 2017 12:05 PM CDT
'Bittersweet' End for Cassini Saturn Probe
'I've never watched a spacecraft die': NASA team member
- Three missions, 20 years in space, 4.9 billion miles traveled, and nearly a half-million photographs taken. Those are just a few of the figures Space.com throws out about the day of what it deems the "bittersweet" demise of the Cassini space probe , which, on its last fumes...
Mission Complete: Cassini
Burns Up Over Saturn
Sep 15, 2017 7:10 AM CDT
Mission Complete: Cassini Burns Up Over Saturn
Spacecraft vaporizes after 20-year journey exploring planet
- Cassini is no more. NASA, and the world, are saying goodbye to the Cassini spacecraft Friday morning after it burned up over Saturn as planned. Cassini plunged through the planet's atmosphere and vaporized like a meteor, ending a remarkable journey of 20 years, per the AP . "Our @CassiniSaturn...
Cassini Gets Kiss Goodbye,
Careens Toward Its Death
Sep 12, 2017 3:49 PM CDT
Cassini Gets Kiss Goodbye, Careens Toward Its Death
Spacecraft will forever become one with the planet on Friday
- After a 20-year voyage, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet. There's no turning back: Friday it careens through the atmosphere and burns up like a meteor in the sky over Saturn. The only spacecraft ever...
Daring Mission Snaps
Closest Ever Images of Saturn
Apr 27, 2017 12:58 PM CDT
Daring Mission Snaps Closest Ever Images of Saturn
Cassini probe dives between Saturn's rings
- The view of a planet that’s 746 million miles away just got a little clearer, thanks to a historic first by NASA's Cassini probe. The spacecraft completed a dive between Saturn and its rings, capturing data and images of the planet never seen before. The first photos began...
Cassini Mission to Saturn
Will End in Death, Discovery
Apr 4, 2017 7:25 PM CDT
Cassini Mission to Saturn Will End in Death, Discovery
The spacecraft will soon plunge into Saturn itself
- Two decades after putting Earth in its rear-view mirror, the Cassini spacecraft is preparing to wrap up its mission to Saturn—and that means plunging to its death in the planet's atmosphere, according to a press release . Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, sending back information on the...
Single Photo Shows
3 Crescent Moons
Jun 24, 2015 1:18 PM CDT
Single Photo Shows 3 Crescent Moons
Image from Cassini orbiter shows Titan, Rhea, and Mimas in all their crescent glory
- It's not often (as in never) that we're able to look up into the night sky and see three crescent moons floating serenely above us. But thanks to a picture from the Cassini orbiter released by NASA, we're able to get a rare look at what three...
Top Contender for Life
Outside Earth: a Saturn Moon
Mar 12, 2015 2:42 PM CDT
Top Contender for Life Outside Earth: a Saturn Moon
Enceladus has a warm ocean, hydrothermal activity
- Thanks to the Cassini spacecraft, we already knew that one of Saturn's moons has a big ocean . Now things have gotten more interesting on Enceladus. It turns out that the ocean is not only warm, it seems to have the same kind of hydrothermal activity going on as oceans...
Now 'Best Bet'
for Finding Life
Apr 4, 2014 5:00 AM CDT
Saturn Moon Now 'Best Bet' for Finding Life
Probe finds new signs of underground Enceladus ocean
- Saturn's sixth-largest moon holds an underground ocean with at least as much water as Lake Superior, according to exciting new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft that makes some scientists believe Enceladus is now the place in our solar system where we're most likely to find extraterrestrial life....
Photos of Earth,
Jul 23, 2013 3:48 AM CDT
Photos of Earth, Taken 900M Miles Away
We're just a dot in NASA pics
- Stunning new pictures taken from near Saturn and Mercury make our planet look pretty insignificant. We're just a tiny dot next to Saturn in an image taken by the NASA spacecraft Cassini, Space.com reports. That makes it a little tough to see that some 20,000 humans were...
Huge Lake Found
in Titan's Tropics
Jun 14, 2012 4:10 PM CDT
Huge Lake Found in Titan's Tropics
Discovery suggests underground channels
- University of Arizona researchers have discovered a massive methane lake in the arid tropics of Titan, they announced today, suggesting that Saturn's biggest moon may have subterranean channels of the liquid. Titan has long been known to contain liquid methane, which forms pools, clouds, and rains much as water...
'Snowball Fight' Spotted
in Saturn's Weirdest Ring
Apr 25, 2012 5:09 AM CDT
'Snowball Fight' Spotted in Saturn's Weirdest Ring
Cassini probe captures objects punching through ring
- Inside Saturn's outermost ring, NASA's Cassini probe has captured activity that researchers liken to a cosmic snowball fight. Hundreds of balls of snow and ice up to half a mile in diameter have been spotted punching through the F ring at gentle speeds, leaving glittering trails behind them,...
Saturn Moon May Hide
Jun 23, 2011 2:46 PM CDT
Saturn Moon May Hide Underground Ocean
Salt water ice spewing out from under the surface
- Saturn’s moon Enceladus is spewing what appears to be chunks of ice composed of salt-water vapor out of fractures in its southern pole, leading scientists to believe there may be a massive ocean lurking beneath its surface. The plumes were first discovered by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft some time ago,...
Feb 28, 2011 2:53 PM CST
NASA Nabs Close-Ups of 'Spongy' Saturn Moon
NASA's Cassini probe snaps ultra-close image of Hyperion
- NASA's Cassini probe did a fly-by of Saturn’s Hyperion moon, and came away with close-up images that show a remarkably sponge-like surface, the
reports. The moon, one of at least 62 ringing the planet, is covered with deep craters, and NASA scientists are hoping to discover what’...
Spotted on Titan
Dec 15, 2010 4:33 AM CST
'Ice Volcanoes' Spotted on Titan
'We finally have some proof that Titan is an active world'
- Scientists say they've seen the clearest evidence yet that volcanoes sprout from Titan's icy surface, though a probe may need to land on the Saturn moon should they want to know exactly what the "cryovolcanoes" are spewing out. Three peaks and pits spotted by the Cassini probe are "...
in Saturn's Rings
Oct 8, 2010 3:42 AM CDT
Tsunamis Spotted in Saturn's Rings
Rings may be remnants of smashed icy moon
- Mile-high tsunamis of icy particles are endlessly rippling around Saturn's rings, scientists told the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Science meeting this week. Astronomers, using data from NASA's Cassini probe, believe the waves, which move up to 800 feet per day, are caused when gravity from the colossal moon...
Scientists Think Something
Is Living on Saturn Moon
Jun 7, 2010 6:37 AM CDT
Scientists Think Something Is Living on Saturn Moon
Primitive lifeform may explain absence of hydrogen
- Something is sucking up hydrogen on one of Saturn's moons and NASA scientists believe it could be alive. Data from the Cassini probe suggests there is less hydrogen and acetylene on Titan's surface than scientists expected, a phenomenon that could be explained by the existence of primitive, methane-based lifeforms, the...
May 3, 2010 5:40 AM CDT
Massive Saturn Storm Seen From Earth
Blizzard 5 times bigger than Snowmageddon
- America's "Snowmageddon" winter storm this year would be no big deal on Saturn, where an ammonia-ice storm at least 5 times larger—so massive and turbulent that amateur astronomers can see it from earth —is currently raging. NASA's Cassini spacecraft, orbiting Saturn, is picking up data from the...
Hidden Ocean Found on
Mar 21, 2008 4:13 AM CDT
Hidden Ocean Found on Saturn Moon
Watery Titan and salty Mars could have evidence of life
- NASA has unlocked two more of the solar system's secrets, the
reports. The Cassini orbiter discovered evidence of an underground ocean churning deep below the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, and the Mars Odyssey spacecraft has found ancient salt deposits on the red planet. Both discoveries have...
Saturn Moon Rings Detected
Mar 7, 2008 4:20 AM CST
Saturn Moon Rings Detected
Rhea could be be the first known moon with rings
- Saturn’s second-largest moon, Rhea, could be the first known moon with rings. The spacecraft Cassini detected apparent evidence of rings when it spotted debris around Rhea as it flew by in 2005, reports space.com. The set of rings has not been directly seen, but scientists inferred that the...
Want Oil? Try Saturn's Titan
Feb 14, 2008 5:09 PM CST
Want Oil? Try Saturn's Titan
Moon has hundreds of times more oil and natural gas than Earth
- Titan, one of Saturn's dozens of moons, has supplies of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons hundreds of times greater than Earth’s oil reserves, Space.com reports. The unmanned Cassini spacecraft has mapped only 20% of Titan’s surface with radar, and has already discovered dozens of bodies of hydrocarbon...
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