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Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

This artist's rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn's upper atmosphere in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the […]

Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth

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Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth

Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth False colour mosaic made from infrared data collected by the Cassini spacecraft. NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute Ravi Desai, UCL How chemical reactions on a lifeless […]

Water, water, everywhere in our Solar system but what does that mean for life?

Artist's concept of Cassini's flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Image credit: NASA/JPL

Water, water, everywhere in our Solar system but what does that mean for life?

Water, water, everywhere in our Solar system but what does that mean for life? This illustration shows Cassini diving through geyser plumes on Saturn’s the ocean world moon of Enceladus. NASA/JPL-Caltech Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland There was much excitement when NASA recently revealed […]

Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets

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Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets

Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets Saturn and its rings backlit by the sun, which is blocked by the planet in this view. Encircling the planet and inner rings is the much more extended E-ring. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute, CC BY Dan Reisenfeld, […]

NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn on April 12, 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn

NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn A new image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn. The spacecraft captured the view on April 12, 2017, at 10:41 p.m. PDT (1:41 a.m. […]

NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for ‘Grand Finale’ at Saturn

This illustration shows Cassini above Saturn's northern hemisphere prior to one of its 22 Grand Finale dives. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for ‘Grand Finale’ at Saturn

NASA’s Cassini Mission Prepares for ‘Grand Finale’ at Saturn NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story. On Wednesday, April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through […]

Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus

This enhanced-color Cassini view of southern latitudes on Enceladus features the bluish "tiger stripe" fractures that rip across the south polar region. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus

Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus A new study in the journal Nature Astronomy reports that the south polar region of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus is warmer than expected just a few feet below its icy surface. This suggests that Enceladus’ ocean […]

The search for extraterrestrial life in the water worlds close to home

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The search for extraterrestrial life in the water worlds close to home

The search for extraterrestrial life in the water worlds close to home A likely candidate for life: Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Andrew Martin, University of Tasmania and Andrew McMinn, University of Tasmania The discovery of seven exoplanets around a star 40 light […]

Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

This graphic shows the closest approaches of Cassini's final two orbital phases. Ring-grazing orbits are shown in gray (at left); Grand Finale orbits are shown in blue. The orange line shows the spacecraft's Sept. 2017 final plunge into Saturn. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn’s rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on Nov. 30. Cassini crossed through the plane of Saturn’s rings on Dec. 4 at 5:09 a.m. […]

Bethlehem Star may not be a star after all

Bethlehem Star may not be a star after all

Bethlehem Star may not be a star after all It is the nature of astronomers and astrophysicists to look up at the stars with wonder, searching for answers to the still-unsolved mysteries of the universe. The Star of Bethlehem, and its origin, has been one […]