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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 [...]

Gravity Controls Enigmatic Moon's Geysers

These images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show how the pull of the planet affects the amount of material ejected by geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. It turns out that the moon launches more spray when it is farther away from Saturn. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Cornell/SSI

Saturn’s 314-mile-wide icy moon Enceladus has been teasing [...]

Titan's Methane: Going, Going, Soon to Be Gone?

These images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show one of the large seas and a bounty of smaller lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan. Scientists saw these small lakes in data obtained by both Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (left) and radar instrument (right). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

By tracking a part of the [...]

Cassini Detects Changes in Titan’s Atmosphere

This artist’s impression of Saturn’s moon, Titan, shows the change in observed atmospheric effects before, during, and after equinox in 2009. The Titan globes also provide an impression of the detached haze layer that extends all around the moon (blue). This image was inspired by data from NASA’s Cassini mission. Image Credit: ESA

PASADENA, [...]

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 [...]