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Cassini's Final View of Titan's Northern Lakes And Seas

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Titan's Northern Lakes And Seas

During NASA's Cassini mission's final distant encounter with Saturn's giant moon Titan, the spacecraft captured the enigmatic moon's north polar landscape of lakes and seas, which are filled with liquid methane and ethane.


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Saturn And Its Moons At Opposition

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Cassini ended its 13-year mission at Saturn on 15 September 2017 when it plunged into the gas giant's atmosphere.

Energetic Lightshow at Saturn's North Pole

Energetic Lightshow at Saturn's North Pole

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space telescope have taken a series of spectacular images featuring the fluttering auroras at the north pole of Saturn.


Stunning New Infrared Imagery Of Titan

Stunning New Infrared Imagery Of Titan

These six infrared images of Saturn's moon Titan represent some of the clearest, most seamless-looking global views of the icy moon's surface produced so far.


Electromagnetic Energy Moves Between Saturn and Enceladus

Electromagnetic Energy Moves Between Saturn and Enceladus

New research from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's up-close Grand Finale orbits shows a surprisingly powerful and dynamic interaction of plasma waves moving from Saturn to its rings and its moon Enceladus.


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.


Phoebe Has A Surface Dominated By Water

Phoebe Has A Surface Dominated By Water

The Saturnian irregular satellite, Phoebe, can be broadly described as a water-rich rock.


Taking Another Look At Helene

Taking Another Look At Helene

Although traveling at great speed, the Cassini spacecraft managed to capture this close view of Saturn's small moon Helene during a flyby on March 3, 2010.


Ice Mountains In Saturn's B Rings

Ice Mountains In Saturn's B Rings

While the Winter Olympics is in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea, and many winter sport fanatics head to snow-clad mountains to get their thrills on the slopes this ski-season, this dramatic mountain scene is somewhat off-piste - in Saturn's rings to be precise.


Building An Alien Ocean To Test Space Submarines

Building An Alien Ocean To Test Space Submarines

Building a submarine gets tricky when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane.


New Titan Topographic Map

New Titan Topographic Map

Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell University astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and terrain.


Titan Has Earth-like Features

Titan Has Earth-like Features

Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn's moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and terrain.


A Veil of Ice In Saturn's Rings

A Veil of Ice In Saturn's Rings

Saturn's rings, made of countless icy particles, form a translucent veil in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.


Unexpected Atmospheric Vortex Behavior On Titan

Unexpected Atmospheric Vortex Behavior On Titan

A new study led by a University of Bristol earth scientist has shown that recently reported unexpected behaviour on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is due to its unique atmospheric chemistry.


Daphnis Makes Waves In Saturn's Rings

Daphnis Makes Waves In Saturn's Rings

Daphnis, one of Saturn's small ring-embedded moons, is seen here kicking up waves as it orbits within a gap between rows of icy ring particles.


Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling study by European and U.S. researchers working on NASA's Cassini mission.


7 Moons Needed To Keep Saturn's Ring Contained

7 Moons Needed To Keep Saturn's Ring Contained

For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring - the largest and farthest of the visible rings.


Fresh Findings From Cassini

Fresh Findings From Cassini

NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its journey on Sept. 15 with an intentional plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, but analysis continues on the mountain of data the spacecraft sent during its long life.



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