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Violent Methane Storms on Titan May Explain Dune Direction

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Titan's Dunes

With its thick, hazy atmosphere and surface rivers, mountains, lakes and dunes, Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is one of the most Earthlike places in the solar system.


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Explaining Saturn's Epic Storms

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Saturn's Weather

The long-standing mystery of why Saturn seethes with enormous storms every 30 years may have been solved by scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini mission.

Icy Tendrils Reaching into Saturn Ring Traced to Their Source

Icy Tendrils Reaching into Saturn Ring Traced to Their Source

Long, sinuous, tendril-like structures seen in the vicinity of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus originate directly from geysers erupting from its surface, according to scientists studying images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.


Cassini's New View of Rhea

Cassini's New View of Rhea

A dual view of Saturn's icy moon Rhea marks the return of NASA's Cassini spacecraft to the realm of the planet's icy satellites.


A New Spin on Saturn's Peculiar Rotation

A New Spin on Saturn's Peculiar Rotation

Tracking the rotation speed of solid planets, like the Earth and Mars, is a relatively simple task: Just measure the time it takes for a surface feature to roll into view again.


Groovy Rings of Saturn

Groovy Rings of Saturn

From afar, Saturn's rings look like a solid, homogenous disk of material. But upon closer examination from Cassini, we see that there are varied structures in the rings at almost every scale imaginable.


A New Way to View Titan:

A New Way to View Titan: "Despeckle" It

During 10 years of discovery, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has pulled back the smoggy veil that obscures the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.


Video: Approaching Titan a Billion Times Close

Video: Approaching Titan a Billion Times Close Video in Story

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has released the following video on the 10th anniversary of the the Huygens probe landing on Saturn's moon Titan. Follow along as we zoom into Titan to see what this moon looks like. Huygens landed on Titan on January 14, 2005.


Improved Position of Saturn Aids Interplanetary Navigation

Improved Position of Saturn Aids Interplanetary Navigation

Scientists have used the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope system and NASA's Cassini spacecraft to measure the position of Saturn and its family of moons to within about a mile -- at a range of nearly a billion miles.


Science Channel: Titan, A Strangely Earth-like World

Science Channel: Titan, A Strangely Earth-like World Video in Story

Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, could be the most alien world in our solar system.


A Different View of Saturn and its Rings

A Different View of Saturn and its Rings

Saturn's main rings, seen here on their "lit" face, appear much darker than normal. That's because they tend to scatter light back toward its source -- in this case, the Sun.


Dunes on Titan need Firm Winds to Move

Dunes on Titan need Firm Winds to Move

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is one of the few solar system bodies and the only planetary moon known to have fields of wind-blown dunes on its surface. (The others are Venus, Earth and Mars.)


Cassini Examines Hydrocarbon Ocean on Titan

Cassini Examines Hydrocarbon Ocean on Titan

NASA's Cassini mission continues its adventures in extraterrestrial oceanography with new findings about the hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan.


Crescent Saturn and Titan

Crescent Saturn and Titan

When Galileo first observed Venus displaying a crescent phase, he excitedly wrote to Kepler (in anagram) of Venus mimicking the moon-goddess. He would have been delirious with joy to see Saturn and Titan, seen in this image, doing the same thing.


Rhea and Titan As Seen By Cassini

Rhea and Titan As Seen By Cassini

Earth is the only planet in our Solar System to have a single solitary moon. While others, such as Mercury and Venus, have none, the gas giants have accumulated crowds of orbiting bodies -- Saturn, for example, boasts an impressive 62 moons!


Cassini Sees Sunny Hydrocarbon Seas on Titan

Cassini Sees Sunny Hydrocarbon Seas on Titan

As it soared past Saturn's large moon Titan recently, NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas.


Methane Ice Clouds in Titan's Stratosphere

Methane Ice Clouds in Titan's Stratosphere

NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.


Organic Molecules in Titan's Atmosphere Are Intriguingly Skewed

Organic Molecules in Titan's Atmosphere Are Intriguingly Skewed

While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles.



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