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7 Moons Needed To Keep Saturn's Ring Contained

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Saturn's Rings

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.


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Fresh Findings From Cassini

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Saturn and its rings

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.

Titan Has Extreme Methane Rainstorms

Titan Has Extreme Methane Rainstorms

Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists.


Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn

Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems.


The Limb Of Enceladus

The Limb Of Enceladus

The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space. The rest of the moon, lit by light reflected from Saturn, presents a ghostly appearance.


Enceladus Sets On Saturn's Horizon

Enceladus Sets On Saturn's Horizon

Saturn's active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.


Cassini Becomes Part Of Saturn

Cassini Becomes Part Of Saturn Video in Story

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.


Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons.


Cassini Makes Last Flyby of Titan

Cassini Makes Last Flyby of Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan.


Highest Resolution Color Imagery - Ever - of Saturn's Rings

Highest Resolution Color Imagery - Ever - of Saturn's Rings

These are the highest-resolution color images of any part of Saturn's rings, to date, showing a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring.


Inside-Out Movie Of Saturn's Ring

Inside-Out Movie Of Saturn's Ring

This movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers a unique perspective on Saturn's ring system.


Tethys and Saturn

Tethys and Saturn

Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.


Cassini's Studies of Titan

Cassini's Studies of Titan

Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale.


Cassini Prepares For Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Cassini Prepares For Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.


Cassini Continues Its Grand Finale

Cassini Continues Its Grand Finale

Saturn Surprises as Cassini Continues Its Grand Finale.


The Northern Summer Skies and Lakes of Titan

The Northern Summer Skies and Lakes of Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole


Cassini Views Saturn's Rings

Cassini Views Saturn's Rings

Cassini's camera was pointing toward Saturn's rings, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.


Saturn's Moon Enceladus May Have Tipped Over

Saturn's Moon Enceladus May Have Tipped Over

Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA's Cassini mission.



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