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Phoebe Has A Surface Dominated By Water

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Water On Phoebe

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


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Taking Another Look At Helene

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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.


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

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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.



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