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Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes

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On its final flyby of Saturn's largest moon in 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere are surprisingly deep, perched atop hills and filled with methane.


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Cassini Finds Saturn's Rings Coat Tiny Moons

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Saturn and its small moons

New findings have emerged about five tiny moons nestled in and near Saturn's rings.

Understanding The Origin Of Titan's Thick, Nitrogen-Rich Atmosphere

Understanding The Origin Of Titan's Thick, Nitrogen-Rich Atmosphere

A new Southwest Research Institute study tackles one of the greatest mysteries about Titan, one of Saturn's moons: the origin of its thick, nitrogen-rich atmosphere.


Length Of Saturn's Rotation Determined - 10:33:38

Length Of Saturn's Rotation Determined - 10:33:38

Using new data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, researchers believe they have solved a longstanding mystery of solar system science: the length of a day on Saturn. It's 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.


Saturn's Rings Are Relatively New

Saturn's Rings Are Relatively New

The rings of Saturn may be iconic, but there was a time when the majestic gas giant existed without its distinctive halo.


Infrared Titan

Infrared Titan

Saturn's moon Titan is enveloped in a thick atmosphere, but through the infrared eyes of the international Cassini mission, the moon's myriad surface features are revealed in this exquisite global mosaic.


Saturn Is Losing Its Rings Fast

Saturn Is Losing Its Rings Fast

New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made decades ago.


A New Way To Create Saturn's Radiation Belts

A New Way To Create Saturn's Radiation Belts

A team of international scientists from BAS, University of Iowa and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has discovered a new method to explain how radiation belts are formed around the planet Saturn.


Saturn's Moon Dione Covered By Mysterious Stripes

Saturn's Moon Dione Covered By Mysterious Stripes

Mysterious straight bright stripes have been discovered on Saturn's moon Dione, says research by Planetary Science Institute Associate Research Scientist Alex Patthoff.


Close Orbits of Saturn By Cassini Yield Surprising Results

Close Orbits of Saturn By Cassini Yield Surprising Results

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 be wrong while new questions are being raised.


Dust Storms On Titan Observed By Cassini

Dust Storms On Titan Observed By Cassini

Data from the international Cassini spacecraft that explored Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017 has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Titan.


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

Cassini's Final View of 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.


Saturn And Its Moons At Opposition

Saturn And Its Moons At Opposition

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.



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