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An Ocean Lies Just Below Enceladus's Icy Surface

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Enceladus

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


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Epimetheus As Seen By Cassini

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Epimetheus

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.


Titan's Tallest Mountains

Titan's Tallest Mountains

In a nod to extraterrestrial mountaineers of the future, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have identified the highest point on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.


The Youthful Surface of Enceladus

The Youthful Surface of Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters.


Tethys and Janus

Tethys and Janus

Although Tethys and Janus both orbit Saturn and are both made of more or less the same materials, they are very different worlds. Their contrasts are related, in large part, to their sizes.


Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas

Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas

Three of Saturn's moons -- Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas -- are captured in this group photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.


Saturn's Rings - Less than Meets the Eye?

Saturn's Rings - Less than Meets the Eye?

It seems intuitive that an opaque material should contain more stuff than a more translucent substance.


Viewing Methane On Saturn

Viewing Methane On Saturn

The soft, bright-and-dark bands displayed by Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are the signature of methane in the planet's atmosphere.


Half-lit View of Enceladus

Half-lit View of Enceladus

This half-lit view of Enceladus bears a passing resemblance to similar views of Earth's own natural satellite, but the similarities end there.


Appreciating The Immense Size of Saturn

Appreciating The Immense Size of Saturn

It is easy to forget just how large Saturn is, at around 10 times the diameter of Earth.


Dione and Saturn's Rings

Dione and Saturn's Rings

Dione's beautiful wispy terrain is brightly lit alongside Saturn's elegant rings.


Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting data and images from the mission's final close flyby of Saturn's active moon Enceladus.


Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

A thrilling chapter in the exploration of the solar system will soon conclude, as NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft makes its final close flyby of the ocean-bearing moon Enceladus.



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