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Cassini at Saturn: 10 Years of Amazing Planetary Science and More to Come

Mosaic image showing Saturn backlit by the Sun, one of the most beautiful and surreal photographs sent back by Cassini. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The Cassini mission to Saturn has been one of the most successful and exciting in all of space exploration history. That amazing spacecraft is now celebrating its 10th anniversary today [...]

Cassini Image May Reveal Historic Birth of Icy Saturn Moon

From NASA/JPL: “The disturbance visible at the outer edge of Saturn’s A ring in this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft could be caused by an object replaying the birth process of icy moons.” Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The Cassini spacecraft, a flagship-class mission that is a cooperative project between NASA, the European Space [...]

Cassini Spacecraft Discovers Plastic Ingredients on Saturn's Moon Titan

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, as photographed by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which has been exploring Saturn and its many moons (roughly 60 discovered so far) since 2004, recently discovered an ingredient on the moon Titan that is very common here on Earth, one which is probably in your kitchen [...]

Missions to the Icy Moons

It turns out that the moons of the outer solar system are shaping up to be some of the most dynamic destinations in terms of planetary exploration. Image Credit: NASA / JPL

Far from the warm inner regions of the solar system, in orbit around the great gas giants are moons full of surprises. [...]

NASA Laboratory Investigators Explore Atmospheric Chemistry of Titan

A stunning shot of Saturn and its moon Titan taken by Cassini. Photo Credit: NASA

Ever since the Voyagers beheld its strange, orange-hued veil of hydrocarbon smog, more than three decades ago, Titan has exerted a tantalizing pull on the human psyche. The largest moon of Saturn—and the second-largest-known natural satellite in the Solar [...]

The Search for Alien Life Part 2: In the Realm of the Gas Giants

The trailing hemisphere of Jupiter’s moon Europa as imaged by Galileo. Photo Credit: NASA

Beyond the main asteroid belt lie the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn and their impressive retinues of moons. What chances for life are out here in the frozen wastes of the solar system? At first glance, you’d imagine none. The [...]

Cassini Celebrates its Sweet 15

A stunning shot of Saturn and its moon Titan taken by Cassini. Photo Credit: NASA

It’s been fifteen years since Cassini launched to Saturn. A joint program with the European Space Agency and the Italian space agency, the Cassini-Huygens mission left Earth on October 15, 1997. It flew by Venus twice, swung back by [...]

Cassini Mission Team Presented With Smithsonian's Highest Group Honor

An artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver, just after the main engine has begun firing. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

An artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver, just after the main engine has begun firing. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA’s Cassini mission, which launched in 1997 and has been studying Saturn and its many moons since 2004, was recently awarded the Trophy for Current Achievement by the Smithsonian National Air [...]