Posts Tagged ‘Cassini’

NASA finds evidence for live-giving thermal vents on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

A form of chemical energy believed to be capable of supporting microbes has been discovered on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, making it the first extraterrestrial world where direct evidence of potentially life-giving reactions has actually been discovered, NASA announced on Thursday. According to Reuters and the New York Times, scientists working on the space agency’s Cassini […]

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NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for ‘Ring-Grazing Orbits’

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 25, 2016

A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Engineers have been pumping up the spacecraft’s orbit around Saturn this year to increase its tilt with respect to the planet’s equator and rings. And …

Saturn’s C ring formed when dinosaurs walked the Earth, study finds

Scientists have largely agreed that Saturn’s rings are billions of years old, a conclusion based on 10 years of data gathered by NASA’s Cassini probe, which has been orbiting the planet since 2004. However, new research published in the journal Icarus has indicated that the C ring, one of Saturn’s inner rings, may have formed […]

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Going Out in a Blaze of Glory: Cassini’s Grand Finale

Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 21, 2016

With the conclusion of the international Cassini mission set for September 15, 2017, the spacecraft is poised to soon begin a thrilling two-part endgame. Cassini will enter the first part of this denouement on Novembe…

Dione could be Saturn’s third moon with a subsurface ocean

Three years ago, researchers found evidence that Saturn’s moon Dione was home to an ocean located deep beneath its surface when it originally formed, and now, a new study appearing in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that said body of water might still be there. Research published in the journal Icarus in March 2013 used images […]

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