Cassini Probe Beams Back Images of Saturn’s Atmosphere

NASA’s Cassini space probe has beamed back the first close up views of Saturn’s atmosphere. The images show the gas giant’s northern hemisphere, which is home to a hexagon-shaped jet stream. The current phase of Cassini’s mission, called Ring-Grazing Orbits, began November
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Cassini Sees Saturn and Moons in Holiday Dress

Saturn and two of its most fascinating moons, Titan and Enceladus, are dressed and dazzling in a special package assembled by Cassini’s imaging team. “During this, our 10th holiday season at Saturn, we hope that these images from Cassini remind everyone the world over of the significance (more...)

Cassini Obtains Best Views of Saturn Hexagon

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole. This is the first hexagon movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn (more...)

How Did Earth’s Primitive Chemistry Get Kick-Started?

How did life on Earth get started? Three new papers co-authored by Mike Russell, a NASA research scientist, strengthen the case that Earth’s first life began at alkaline hydrothermal vents at the bottom of oceans. Scientists are interested in understanding early life on Earth because if humankind (more...)

Cassini to Take a Picture of You

The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn is maneuvering into place to take pictures of Earth. The picture taking will occur between 21:27 and 21:42 UTC on July 19. Cassini will be nearly 1.5 billion kilometers away from Earth. NASA is encouraging the public to look and wave in the direction (more...)

Herschel Links Water Around Jupiter to Comet Impact

Astronomers have finally found direct proof that almost all water present in Jupiter’s stratosphere, an intermediate atmospheric layer, was delivered by comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which famously struck the planet in 1994. The findings reveal more water in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, where the impact occurred, than in the north. The (more...)

Scientists Find More “Rain” than Expected on Saturn

A new study tracks the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and finds there is more of it and it falls across larger areas of the planet than previously thought. The study, whose observations were funded by NASA and whose analysis was (more...)

Saturn Is Like an Antiques Shop, Cassini Suggests

A new analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft suggests that Saturn’s moons and rings are gently worn vintage goods from around the time of the solar system’s birth. Though they are tinted on the surface from recent “pollution,” these bodies date back more than 4 billion years. (more...)

NASA’s Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

In a new paper that provides the most detail yet about the life and death of a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm on Saturn, scientists from NASA’s Cassini mission describe how the massive storm churned around the planet until it encountered its own tail and sputtered out. It (more...)

Now in Saturn’s Orbit, Cassini Marks 15th Anniversary

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
An unmanned spacecraft orbiting Saturn celebrated a solitary anniversary of 15 years in flight October 15, still on the job, sending back data about the ringed planet in our solar system. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been managing the Cassini mission since its launch (more...)

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