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Cassini Beams Back First Images from New Orbit

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Saturn's North Pole

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission.


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Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

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NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on Nov. 30.

Watching Summer Clouds On Titan

Watching Summer Clouds On Titan Video in Story

Several sets of clouds develop, move over the surface and fade during the course of this movie sequence, which spans 11 hours, with one frame taken every 20 minutes.


The Birth of Saturn's Rings

The Birth of Saturn's Rings

A team of researchers have presented a new model for the origin of Saturn's rings based on results of computer simulations.


The Fluid Dynamics of Saturn's Clouds

The Fluid Dynamics of Saturn's Clouds

Saturn's clouds are full of raw beauty, but they also represent a playground for a branch of physics called fluid dynamics, which seeks to understand the motion of gases and liquids.


Dramatic Seasonal Changes On Titan

Dramatic Seasonal Changes On Titan

As Titan approaches its northern summer solstice, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed dramatic seasonal changes in the atmospheric temperature and composition of Saturn's largest moon.


NASA Scientists Find Impossible Cloud on Titan - Again

NASA Scientists Find Impossible Cloud on Titan - Again

The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought -- possibly similar to one seen over Earth's poles -- could be forming clouds on Saturn's moon Titan.


Cassini Begins Final Year at Saturn

Cassini Begins Final Year at Saturn

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage.


Titan's Dunes and Other Features Emerge in New Images

Titan's Dunes and Other Features Emerge in New Images

New scenes from a frigid alien landscape are coming to light in recent radar images of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.


Flooded Canyons on Titan

Flooded Canyons on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found deep, steep-sided canyons on Saturn's moon Titan that are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons.


Watching Saturn's Rings Warp

Watching Saturn's Rings Warp

Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.


An Ocean Lies Just Below Enceladus's Icy Surface

An Ocean Lies Just Below Enceladus's Icy Surface

With eruptions of ice and water vapor, and an ocean covered by an ice shell, Saturn's moon Enceladus is one of the most fascinating in the solar system


Epimetheus As Seen By Cassini

Epimetheus As Seen By Cassini

Life is hard for a little moon. Epimetheus, seen here with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and misshapen, thanks in part to its size and formation process.


There Is A Disruption In Saturn's F Ring

There Is A Disruption In Saturn's F Ring

A bright disruption in Saturn's narrow F ring suggests it may have been disturbed recently.


Stellar Occultation Used To Study Enceladus' Plumes

Stellar Occultation Used To Study Enceladus' Plumes

During a recent stargazing session, NASA's Cassini spacecraft watched a bright star pass behind the plume of gas and dust that spews from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.


Saturn's Criss-Crossed Rings

Saturn's Criss-Crossed Rings

At first glance, Saturn's rings appear to be intersecting themselves in an impossible way.


Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust

Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected the faint but distinct signature of dust coming from beyond our solar system.


Past and Present Moons of Saturn

Past and Present Moons of Saturn

Saturn's beautiful rings form a striking feature, cutting across this image of two of the planet's most intriguing moons.



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