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Illustration: NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Groundbreaking Science Emerges from Ultra-Close Orbits of Saturn

Groundbreaking Science Emerges from Ultra-Close Orbits of Saturn New research emerging from the final orbits of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft represents a huge leap forward in our understanding of the Saturn system — especially the mysterious, never-before-explored region between the planet and its rings. Some preconceived ideas are turning out to…

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Artist's concept of a dust storm on Titan. Credits: IPGP/Labex UnivEarthS/University Paris Diderot – C. Epitalon & S. Rodriguez

Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time

Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Saturn’s moon Titan. The discovery, described in a paper published on Sept. 24 in Nature Geoscience, makes Titan the third Solar System body,…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Capturing the shadow of Saturn’s moon Titan from right here on Earth

Capturing the shadow of Saturn’s moon Titan from right here on Earth NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute David Coward, University of Western Australia Titan is Saturn’s largest moon, and it is more like a planet…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft’s Grand Finale orbits found a powerful interaction of plasma waves moving from Saturn to its rings and its moon Enceladus. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Listen: Sound of Electromagnetic Energy Moving Between Saturn, Enceladus

Listen: Sound of Electromagnetic Energy Moving Between Saturn, Enceladus New research from the up-close Grand Finale orbits of NASA’s Cassini mission shows a surprisingly powerful interaction of plasma waves moving from Saturn to its moon Enceladus. Researchers converted the recording of plasma waves into a “whooshing” audio file that we…

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This artist’s concept of lightning distribution in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere incorporates a JunoCam image with artistic embellishments. Data from NASA’s Juno mission indicates that most of the lightning activity on Jupiter is near its poles. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/JunoCam

Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning

Juno Solves 39-Year Old Mystery of Jupiter Lightning Ever since NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past Jupiter in March, 1979, scientists have wondered about the origin of Jupiter’s lightning. That encounter confirmed the existence of Jovian lightning, which had been theorized for centuries. But when the venerable explorer hurtled by,…

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Dramatic jets of ice, water vapor and organic compounds spray from the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in November 2009. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA Dives Deep into the Search for Life

NASA Dives Deep into the Search for Life Off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island and more than 3,000 feet beneath the ocean surface lie the warm, bubbling springs of a volcano — a deep-sea location that may hold lessons for the search for extraterrestrial life. Here, NASA and its…

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Artist’s impression of the Europa clipper mission. NASA

Signs of water plumes boost chances of finding life on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Signs of water plumes boost chances of finding life on Jupiter’s moon Europa Artist’s impression of the Europa clipper mission. NASA Andrew Coates, UCL Along with Mars, Jupiter’s moon Europa has long captured the imagination of science fiction writers as a potential place for life in the solar system beyond…

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Enceladus. NASA

The internal ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be old enough to have evolved life, finds study

The internal ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be old enough to have evolved life, finds study Enceladus. NASA Monica Grady, The Open University We recently bade farewell to the Cassini spacecraft, which after 13 years of faithfully orbiting Saturn and its moons was directed to plunge into the giant…

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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 science data from the final…

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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 spacecraft on September 15.…

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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 Saturn after 20 years of…

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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 final nine hours of the…

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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 the atmosphere of Titan were…

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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 p.m. EDT), at an altitude…

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