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Reconstructing Cassini’s Plunge into Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is shown during its Sept. 15, 2017, plunge into Saturn's atmosphere in this artist's depiction. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Reconstructing Cassini’s Plunge into Saturn

Reconstructing Cassini’s Plunge into Saturn As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems. While analysis of […]

Worries about spreading Earth microbes shouldn’t slow search for life on Mars

The Viking landers in the 1970s were the last to look directly for life on Mars. NASA/JPL, CC BY

Worries about spreading Earth microbes shouldn’t slow search for life on Mars

Worries about spreading Earth microbes shouldn’t slow search for life on Mars The Viking landers in the 1970s were the last to look directly for life on Mars. NASA/JPL, CC BY Alberto G. Fairén, Cornell University There may be no bigger question than whether we […]

What we’re hoping to learn from the magnetic readings of Cassini’s final orbits

False-color image showing aurora at south pole. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/University of Leicester

What we’re hoping to learn from the magnetic readings of Cassini’s final orbits

What we’re hoping to learn from the magnetic readings of Cassini’s final orbits Mission control loses signal from Cassini. NASA/Joel Kowsky, CC BY-SA Nick Achilleos, UCL It was a proud but sad moment when NASA announced that mission control had lost the signal from the […]

Cassini crashes: it’s time for a new mission to explore the possibility of life on Saturn’s moons

Cassini in front of The Lord of the Rings. NASA

Cassini crashes: it’s time for a new mission to explore the possibility of life on Saturn’s moons

Cassini crashes: it’s time for a new mission to explore the possibility of life on Saturn’s moons Cassini in front of The Lord of the Rings. NASA Monica Grady, The Open University NASA’s Cassini mission has made its “death plunge” into the swirling clouds of […]

Mission over: the final countdown to Cassini’s fatal plunge into Saturn

An illustration of Cassini as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mission over: the final countdown to Cassini’s fatal plunge into Saturn

Mission over: the final countdown to Cassini’s fatal plunge into Saturn An illustration of Cassini as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere. NASA/JPL-Caltech Ed Kruzins, CSIRO and Richard Stephenson, CSIRO When the Cassini space probe makes its final descent into Saturn later today, data from the […]

The secrets of Titan: Cassini searched for the building blocks of life on Saturn’s largest moon

Cassini captures Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

The secrets of Titan: Cassini searched for the building blocks of life on Saturn’s largest moon

The secrets of Titan: Cassini searched for the building blocks of life on Saturn’s largest moon Cassini captures Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI Courtney Ennis, La Trobe University Lakes and seas of liquid methane, rain from hydrocarbon clouds, and evidence of poisonous hydrogen cyanide in […]

Cassini Makes its ‘Goodbye Kiss’ Flyby of Titan

Cassini made its final, distant flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on Sept. 11, which set the spacecraft on its final dive toward the planet. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini Makes its ‘Goodbye Kiss’ Flyby of Titan

Cassini Makes its ‘Goodbye Kiss’ Flyby of Titan NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet’s giant moon Titan. The spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan today at 12:04 p.m. PDT (3:04 […]

How Two Ground-based Telescopes Support NASA’s Cassini Mission

The aftermath of a massive storm that erupted in Saturn’s northern hemisphere in December 2010 continues to be tracked by researchers, including observations planned using the new high-resolution iSHELL instrument at NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

How Two Ground-based Telescopes Support NASA’s Cassini Mission

How Two Ground-based Telescopes Support NASA’s Cassini Mission When NASA’s Cassini spacecraft plunges into the atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, ending its 20 years of exploration, astronomers will observe the giant planet from Earth, giving context to Cassini’s final measurements. “The whole time Cassini […]

The beauty and mystery of Saturn’s rings revealed by the Cassini mission

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The beauty and mystery of Saturn’s rings revealed by the Cassini mission

The beauty and mystery of Saturn’s rings revealed by the Cassini mission Cassini makes the first radio occultation of Saturn’s rings producing this simulated image with green for particles smaller than 5cm and purple where particles are larger. NASA/JPL Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria What would […]

What Cassini’s mission revealed about Saturn’s known and newly discovered moons

A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in the Cassini spacecraft's field of view for this portrait. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

What Cassini’s mission revealed about Saturn’s known and newly discovered moons

What Cassini’s mission revealed about Saturn’s known and newly discovered moons A Cassini portrait of five of Saturn’s moons. Janus (179km across) is on the far left, Pandora (81km across) orbits between the A ring and the thin F ring, Enceladus (504km across) is centre, […]