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Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn

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Saturn's North Pole

NASA's Cassini spacecraft still has a few months to go before it completes its mission in September, but the veteran Saturn explorer reaches a new milestone today.


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Saturn and its Rings

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Saturn and its Rings

The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn's season advances toward northern summer, thanks to the planet's permanent tilt as it orbits the sun.

History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars - Not Earth

History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars - Not Earth

The environment on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into oceans and lakes.


Northern Summer Clouds On Titan

Northern Summer Clouds On Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of bands of bright, feathery methane clouds drifting across Saturn's moon Titan on May 7, 2017.


Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn

Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn Video in Story

A new movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as the spacecraft swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26.


Cassini Finds 'The Big Empty' Close to Saturn

Cassini Finds 'The Big Empty' Close to Saturn

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft prepares to shoot the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings for the second time in its Grand Finale, Cassini engineers are delighted, while ring scientists are puzzled, that the region appears to be relatively dust-free.


NASA Cassini Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings Video in Story

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.


Cassini Completes Final and Fateful Titan Flyby

Cassini Completes Final and Fateful Titan Flyby Video in Story

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.


Cassini Sees Earth And Its Moon Between The Rings of Saturn

Cassini Sees Earth And Its Moon 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.


Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan

Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan this weekend.


Cassini Mission Prepares for

Cassini Mission Prepares for "Grand Finale" at Saturn Video in Story

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.


The Electric Sands of Titan

The Electric Sands of Titan

Experiments led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, are "electrically charged."


Enceladus Imagery Suggests Subsurface Ocean Of Liquid Water

Enceladus Imagery Suggests Subsurface Ocean Of Liquid Water

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.


New Views of Saturn's Moon Pan

New Views of Saturn's Moon Pan

This image of Saturn's moon Pan was taken on Taken: Mar. 7, 2017 at 5:56 PM by Cassini


Mid-infrared Of Saturn's Rings Shows Bright Cassini Division

Mid-infrared Of Saturn's Rings Shows Bright Cassini Division

A team of researchers has succeeded in measuring the brightnesses and temperatures of Saturn's rings using the mid-infrared images taken by the Subaru Telescope in 2008.


Does Enceladus Have An Ocean?

Does Enceladus Have An Ocean?

Thus began a hunt for clues that has turned out to be Cassini's most riveting detective story.


Daphnis Kicks Up Waves In Saturn's Rings

Daphnis Kicks Up Waves In Saturn's Rings

Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.


New View of Saturn's Moon Mimas

New View of Saturn's Moon Mimas

Cassini's camera was pointing toward Mimas and the image was taken using the CL1 and GRN filters.



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