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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Huygens Lands on Titan [flashback]

    01/16/2015 5:24:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | January 16, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Delivered by Saturn-bound Cassini, ESA's Huygens probe touched down on the ringed planet's largest moon Titan, ten years ago on January 14, 2005. These panels show fisheye images made during its slow descent by parachute through Titan's dense atmosphere. Taken by the probe's descent imager/spectral radiometer instrument they range in altitude from 6 kilometers (upper left) to 0.2 kilometers (lower right) above the moon's surprisingly Earth-like surface of dark channels, floodplains, and bright ridges. But at temperatures near -290 degrees C, the liquids flowing across Titan's surface are methane and ethane, hydrocarbons rather than water. After making the most...
  • All of a Sudden, the Neighborhood Looks a Lot Friendlier

    09/21/2004 3:38:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1,065+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 21, 2004 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    Like most New Yorkers, I have real estate fever. Even though I hate moving, I can't travel anywhere without wondering what it would be like to live there. I can't walk down a street in Oaxaca or the East Village without window shopping for apartments and evaluating the restaurant scene and the availability of playgrounds. It doesn't stop there. Roll a sleeping bag out under the sky in a place like Mesa Verde, 7,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies, on a summer evening and you will wake up at midnight with your nose in the Milky Way. There are...
  • What If Oil and Natural Gas Are Renewable Resources?

    03/18/2012 12:46:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 132 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2012 | Greg Lewis
    ....The evidence is mounting that not only do we have more than a century's worth of recoverable oil in the United States alone (even if there is a limit to the earth's oil supply), but that we also actually have a limitless supply of Texas tea because oil is in fact a renewable resource that is being constantly created deep under the earth's surface and which rises upward, where microscopic organisms that thrive in the intense pressure and heat miles below us interact with and alter it. In other words, we have an unending supply of oil, some of which...
  • Fossil Fuels. When are we going to stop using this false description of anaerobic oil?

    06/04/2012 10:05:51 AM PDT · by jongaltsr · 93 replies
    General Knowledge verses historical (mis-knowledge)
    How long are we going to continue referring to oil as Fossil fuel when we have known for many (Many) years that oil as we know it comes not from Dinosaurs etc but rather from "other" organic materials such as "trees" etc. Animals that die (including dinosaurs) do not leave a trace of "oil" when they die. They putrefy, dehydrate and turn to dust, leaving only their bones to be discovered later on. Yes there are fossils in the La Brea Tar Pits and many other such surface Tar Pits around the world but that is because animals fell in...
  • Saturn's Moon Iapetus Is the Yin-and-Yang of the Solar System

    09/17/2007 10:10:17 AM PDT · by LRS · 33 replies · 1,209+ views
    jpl.nasa ^ | September 12, 2007
    PASADENA, Calif. – Scientists on the Cassini mission to Saturn are poring through hundreds of images returned from the Sept. 10 flyby of Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus. Pictures returned late Tuesday and early Wednesday show the moon's yin and yang--a white hemisphere resembling snow, and the other as black as tar. Images show a surface that is heavily cratered, along with the mountain ridge that runs along the moon's equator. Many of the close-up observations focused on studying the strange 20-kilometer high (12 mile) mountain ridge that gives the moon a walnut-shaped appearance. "The images are really stunning," said Tilmann...
  • Hints of Life Found on Saturn Moon

    06/04/2010 2:27:04 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 26 replies · 720+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | June 4, 2010 | Gizmodo
     Two potential signatures of life on Saturn's moon Titan have been found by the Cassini spacecraft. But scientists are quick to point out that non-biological chemical reactions could also be behind the observations.Titan is much too cold to support liquid water on its surface, but some scientists have suggested that exotic life-forms could live in the lakes of liquid methane or ethane that dot the moon's surface.In 2005, Chris McKay of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field and Heather R Smith of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, calculated that such microbes could eke out an existence by breathing in hydrogen...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Six Moons of Saturn

    04/13/2012 10:46:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | April 14, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How many moons does Saturn have? So far 62 have been discovered, the smallest only a fraction of a kilometer across. Six of its largest satellites can be seen here, though, in a sharp Saturnian family portrait taken on March 9. Larger than Earth's Moon and even slightly larger than Mercury, Titan has a diameter of 5,150 kilometers and starts the line-up at the lower left. Continuing to the right across the frame are Mimas, Tethys, [Saturn], Enceladus, Dione, and Rhea at far right. Saturn's first known natural satellite, Titan was discovered in 1655 by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens,...
  • "Hot spot" found on one of Saturn's moons

    08/30/2005 9:30:12 AM PDT · by Junior · 51 replies · 1,506+ views
    Reuters - Science ^ | 2005-08-30 | Gideon Long
    LONDON (Reuters) - There is a hot spot on one of Saturn's moons which should not be there and has yet to be explained, scientists said on Tuesday. It is located at the south pole of Enceladus, a moon with a diameter of just 500 km (310 miles) which orbits Saturn at a distance of around 238,000 km. The hot spot is unusual because it occurs at the pole, scientists said. Usually, the hottest part of any planet or moon is around the equator, as is the case with the earth. This suggests that the heat at Enceladus' southern pole...
  • Out of the blue, Saturn reveals its true colours (stunning photo)

    02/09/2005 11:30:14 AM PST · by dead · 83 replies · 5,127+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 10, 2005 | Leigh Dayton, Science writer
    THE first true colour image of Saturn reveals that the ringed planet is not the silver orb visible from Earth but a deep shade of blue. Instead, the image - released yesterday by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado - shows that Saturn's northern hemisphere is a soft azure, striped by the shadows of the planet's rings. In this image released by NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, a true color view from the Cassini spacecraft taken Jan. 18, 2005, shows the moon Mimas as it drifts along in its orbit against the azure backdrop of Saturn's...
  • 'Fossil fuel' theory takes hit with NASA finding

    12/02/2005 7:00:55 PM PST · by seastay · 150 replies · 4,759+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | December 1, 2005
    New study shows methane on Saturn's moon Titan not biological NASA scientists are about to publish conclusive studies showing abundant methane of a non-biologic nature is found on Saturn's giant moon Titan, a finding that validates a new book's contention that oil is not a fossil fuel. "We have determined that Titan's methane is not of biologic origin," reports Hasso Niemann of the Goddard Space Flight Center, a principal NASA investigator responsible for the Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer aboard the Cassini-Huygens probe that landed on Titan Jan. 14. Niemann concludes the methane "must be replenished by geologic processes on Titan,...
  • Strange Objects seen Blazing Trails in Saturn’s Ring

    04/26/2012 11:53:20 AM PDT · by null and void · 24 replies
    This set of six images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows trails that were dragged out from Saturn's F ring by objects about a half mile (1 kilometer) in diameter. Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/QMUL Scientists working with images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have discovered strange, half-mile-sized objects punching through one of Saturn's rings and leaving glittering trails behind them. The results were presented at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria. The penetration occurred in the outermost of Saturn's main rings, called the F ring, which has a circumference of 550,000 miles (881,000 kilometers). Scientists are calling the trails "mini-jets."...
  • Titan’s surface organics surpass oil reserves on Earth

    04/03/2008 11:41:31 AM PDT · by maclay · 60 replies · 52+ views
    European Space Agency ^ | 02/13/08 | European Space Agency
    Titan’s surface organics surpass oil reserves on Earth 13 February 2008 Saturn’s orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new Cassini data. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes. The new findings from the study led by Ralph Lorenz, Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA, are reported in the 29 January 2008 issue of the Geophysical Research Letters. "Titan is just covered in carbon-bearing material—it’s a giant factory of...
  • Cassini Spacecraft Finds Ocean May Exist Beneath Titan

    03/22/2008 8:40:05 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 76 replies · 1,216+ views ^ | 21 Mar 2008 | staff
    Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 20, 2008 NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered evidence that points to the existence of an underground ocean of water and ammonia on Saturn's moon Titan. The findings made using radar measurements of Titan's rotation will appear in the March 21 issue of the journal Science. "With its organic dunes, lakes, channels and mountains, Titan has one of the most varied, active and Earth-like surfaces in the solar system," said Ralph Lorenz, lead author of the paper and Cassini radar scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., "Now we see changes in the...
  • First Images from Titan

    01/14/2005 1:00:41 PM PST · by Nick Danger · 185 replies · 14,677+ views ^ | January 14, 2005 | Huygens
  • Anomalous Trajectories of deep space probes

    03/16/2008 2:22:27 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies · 235+ views ^ | 03/04/2008
    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Mar 04, 2008Anomalous TrajectoriesScientists are puzzled by unexpected acceleration in several unmanned spacecraft as they flew toward the Sun.In a previous Thunderbolts Picture of the Day article about the so-called “Pioneer anomaly”, we noted that NASA scientists have determined that both Pioneer 10 and 11 are off course by more than a hundred thousand kilometers. Mission specialists admitted that they had no explanation for the navigational deviation so many speculations were announced to the press about what “mysterious” forces could be acting on the tiny probes.As long ago as September 1998, however, the same enigmatic forces were also...
  • Astronomers try to make comet sense of festive apparition

    01/04/2005 8:27:59 PM PST · by missyme · 25 replies · 714+ views
    Scotmans News ^ | Jan 4th, 2005
    A COMET that appeared in the night sky over Christmas has invited comparisons with the Star of Bethlehem. But it is amateur astronomers with telescopes and binoculars who are pursuing the object rather than Wise Men bearing gifts. Comet Machholz will be at its most visible tomorrow and Thursday. Even then it will be no more than a faint smudge of light difficult to see with the naked eye. A pair of binoculars pointing south should pick it out near the Pleiades star cluster. Comets have been proposed as an explanation for the star that guided the Three Wise Men...
  • More of Saturn’s Strange Hexagon – In Living Color!

    11/29/2012 5:09:11 PM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Universe Today ^ | November 29, 2012 | John Major
    Yesterday's post on new Cassini'S close-ups of Saturn's mysterious North Pole Hexagon were absolutely breathtaking in the view of the astounding spectacle that nature is capable of. Most of the images involving spectacles such as the Hexagon will usually be skewed to a certain color to dramatize the images to a heightened state of existence. But the images shown here today, on their merit, equally as dramatic but with a truer representation off their color persona that naturally tends to be more staid, neutral, certainly less dramatic as provided by the most recent batch of images provided below. Free Republic:November...
  • Cassini finds evidence of giant hydrocarbon lakes on moon Titan

    07/24/2006 6:56:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,722+ views
    AP - Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/24/06 | Alicia Chang - ap
    Scientists said Monday they have found the first widespread evidence of giant hydrocarbon lakes on the surface of Saturn's planet-size moon Titan. The cluster of hydrocarbon lakes was spotted near Titan's frigid north pole during a weekend flyby by the international Cassini spacecraft, which flew within 590 miles of the moon. Researchers counted about a dozen lakes ranging from 6 miles to 62 miles wide. Some lakes, which appeared as dark patches in radar images, were connected by channels while others had tributaries flowing into them. Several were dried up, but the ones that contained liquid were most likely a...
  • Lost lakes of Titan are found at last

    01/05/2007 11:56:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies · 353+ views
    PARIS (AFP) - Lakes of methane have been spotted on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, boosting the theory that this strange, distant world bears beguiling similarities to Earth , according to a new study. Titan has long intrigued space scientists, as it is the only moon in the Solar System to have a dense atmosphere -- and its atmosphere, like Earth's, mainly comprises nitrogen. Titan's atmosphere is also rich in methane, although the source for this vast store of hydrocarbons is unclear. Methane, on the geological scale, has a relatively limited life. A molecule of the compound lasts several tens of...
  • Cassini Begins Final Approach Phase (4 months out): New Image Released

    02/27/2004 8:52:06 AM PST · by cogitator · 26 replies · 262+ views ^ | February 27, 2004 | Space Science Institute
    New NASA Cassini Image of Saturn ReleasedThe narrow angle camera onboard the Cassini spacecraft took a series of exposures of Saturn and its rings and moons on February 9, 2004, which were composited to create this stunning, color image. At the time, Cassini was 69.4 million kilometers (43.1 million miles) from Saturn, less than half the distance from Earth to the Sun. The image contrast and colors have been slightly enhanced to aid visibility. The smallest features visible in this image are approximately 540 kilometers across (336 miles). Fine details in the rings and atmosphere are beginning to emerge, and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 07-16-04

    07/16/2004 5:28:41 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 683+ views
    NASA ^ | 07-16-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 July 16 The Bubble Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford Explanation: Blown by the wind from a star, this tantalizing, ghostly apparition is cataloged as NGC 7635, but known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Astronomer Ken Crawford's striking view combines a long exposure through a hydrogen alpha filter with color images to reveal the intricate details of this cosmic bubble and its environment. Although it looks delicate, the...
  • Mystery of Saturn's Two-Faced Moon Solved

    10/09/2007 12:31:36 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 11 replies · 329+ views via Yahoo news ^ | Tue Oct 9, 8:45 AM ET | Jeanna Bryner
    Mystery of Saturn's Two-Faced Moon Solved Jeanna Bryner Staff Writer Tue Oct 9, 8:45 AM ET Saturn's moon Iapetus has virtually no gray. Rather, its features are all stark black and white. The appearance has long puzzled astronomers. New detailed images suggest sunlight is melting ice on one side of Iapetus, leaving the moon's dark surface exposed, while the opposite half retains its reflective ice-mixed shell. Since the moon's discovery by Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1671, Iapetus' appearance has baffled astronomers. The leading edge of Iapetus, which faces the direction of its orbit, is black as asphalt, while its...
  • The first pictures revealing the surface of Saturn's moon.

    01/14/2005 7:47:24 PM PST · by waynebobo · 11 replies · 1,425+ views
    The first pictures revealing the surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, were shown from Europe's Huygens probe. You will not believe what's on the moon!!
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-01-04

    10/01/2004 3:21:27 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 1,618+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-01-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 October 1 Earth Nears Asteroid Toutatis Illustration Credit: E. De Jong and S. Suzuki, JPL, NASA Explanation: On Wednesday, September 29, the Earth came within one million miles of the asteroid Toutatis -- the closest predicted aproach of our fair planet to a sizable asteroid or comet in this century. Coming within one million miles or about 4 times the Earth-Moon distance, Earth would appear to be...
  • Cassini spacecraft spies new moon in Saturn's outer ring (~4 mile diameter)

    05/10/2005 7:09:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 626+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/10/05 | AP - Pasadena
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The international Cassini spacecraft has spied a tiny new moon hidden in a gap in Saturn's outer ring, scientists reported Tuesday. The moon was spotted earlier this month orbiting in the center of the Keeler gap, making waves in the gap edges as it circles. Tentatively called S/2005 S1, the moon measures four miles across and is about 85,000 miles from the center of Saturn. More observations are needed to determine the shape of the moon's orbit, but preliminary findings show it is in the middle of the gap, said Joseph Spitale, a planetary scientist at...
  • New pictures of Saturn's glow

    06/01/2007 12:42:28 PM PDT · by brityank · 33 replies · 1,844+ views
    Daily Telegraph [UK] ^ | 01/06/2007 | Roger Highfield, Science Editor
    New pictures of Saturn's glow By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 2:33pm BST 01/06/2007 Saturn’s neon glow, represented in brilliant shades of electric blue, sapphire and mint green, has been captured by the Cassini spacecraft while flying over the unlit side of the planet’s rings.   The false-colour mosaic was created from 25 images taken by Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer over a period of 13 hours This image, providing a striking view of the ringed planet, was taken when the spacecraft was one million miles away. In this view, Cassini was looking down on the northern, unlit...
  • Probe reveals seas on Saturn moon (Titan--hydrocarbon seas, not water).

    03/14/2007 1:05:51 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 11 replies · 415+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 14, 2007 | Paul Rincon
    The Cassini radar image (left) shows one of Titan's seas is larger than Lake Superior (right) Nasa's Cassini probe has found evidence for seas, probably filled with liquid hydrocarbons, at the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan.The dark features, detected by Cassini's radar, are much bigger than any lakes already detected on Titan. The largest is some 100,000 sq km (39,000 sq miles) - greater in extent than North America's Lake Superior. It covers a greater fraction of Titan than the proportion of Earth covered by the Black Sea. The Black Sea is the Earth's largest inland sea...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-18-03

    09/18/2003 3:33:21 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 158+ views
    NASA ^ | 9-18-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 September 18 Saturn by Three Credit: E. Karkoschka (Univ. Arizona), NASA Explanation: These three views of Saturn were recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope on March 7th of this year, as the southern hemisphere of the solar system's most gorgeous planet reached its maximum 27 degree tilt toward Earth. The images used to construct the false-color pictures were made through a combination of filters covering the electromagnetic...
  • Saturn moon Titan may harbor ocean below surface

    07/01/2012 3:36:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 06/302012 | ALICIA CHANG
    Scientists reported Thursday on the strongest sign yet that Saturn's giant moon may have a salty ocean beneath its chilly surface. If confirmed, it would catapult Titan into an elite class of solar system moons harboring water, an essential ingredient for life. Titan boasts methane-filled seas at the poles and a possible lake near the equator. And it's long been speculated that Titan contains a hidden liquid layer, based on mathematical modeling and electric field measurements made by the Huygens spacecraft that landed on the surface in 2005. The latest evidence is still indirect, but outside scientists said it's probably...
  • Cassini Finds an Atmosphere on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

    03/18/2005 10:46:37 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 912+ views
    JPL/NASA/ESA ^ | 3/16/2005 | n/a
    Cassini Finds an Atmosphere on Saturn's Moon Enceladus March 16, 2005 (Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory) The Cassini spacecraft's two close flybys of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus have revealed that the moon has a significant atmosphere. Scientists, using Cassini's magnetometer instrument for their studies, say the source may be volcanism, geysers, or gases escaping from the surface or the interior. When Cassini had its first encounter with Enceladus on Feb. 17 at an altitude of 1,167 kilometers (725 miles), the magnetometer instrument saw a striking signature in the magnetic field. On March 9, Cassini approached to within 500 kilometers (310 miles)...
  • Cassini Finds Organic Material on Titan

    04/27/2005 2:15:04 AM PDT · by Triggerhippie · 45 replies · 1,536+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tue Apr 26, 9:43 AM ET | None Given
    Cassini Finds Organic Material on Titan Tue Apr 26, 9:43 AM ET Add to My Yahoo! Science - AP PASADENA, Calif. - A close flyby of Saturn's big moon Titan by the international Cassini spacecraft revealed an upper atmosphere brimming with complex organic material, a finding that could hold clues to how life arose on Earth, scientists said Monday. Photo AP Photo Cassini flew within 638 miles of Titan's frozen surface on April 16 and discovered a hydrocarbon-laced upper atmosphere. Titan's atmosphere is mainly made up of nitrogen and methane, the simplest type of hydrocarbon. But scientists were surprised to...
  • From Ringside, Dazzling Photos Show Saturn's Swirling Wreaths

    07/02/2004 12:52:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 319+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 2, 2004 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    PASADENA, Calif., July 1 — The first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, arriving late Wednesday, swiftly turned its cameras on the planet's rings of ice and rock, and transmitted striking pictures of the encircling luminous strands, some with scalloped edges, strawlike textures and rippling waves that spread across the shimmering disk. Scientists could not have been more delighted. As the ring pictures from the Cassini spacecraft were received here Thursday morning, Dr. Carolyn C. Porco, the mission's chief photographic interpreter, said their beauty and clarity were "just mind-blowing." They were far superior in number and close-up detail to any previous images...
  • Kinks in Saturn's Rings

    11/13/2007 11:02:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies · 102+ views ^ | 11/12/2007
      Edge-on image of Saturn's F-ring. Credit: NASA/JPL Cassini-Huygens mission.   Nov 12, 2007Kinks in Saturn's RingsBraids and twists in the rings of Saturn suggest activity in addition to gravitational attraction. Could electricity be one of the formative agents? Saturn's F-ring was discovered by Pioneer 11 during its 1979 flyby of the giant planet. When the Voyager 1 space probe passed by Saturn in November of 1980, it returned stunning pictures of Saturn's rings that were completely unanticipated. Two of the most intriguing discoveries were the "spokes" seen drifting above the ring plane and the twisted and interlaced structure...
  • Strongest evidence yet indicates Enceladus hiding saltwater ocean

    06/22/2011 10:38:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 06-22-2011 | Provided by University of Colorado at Boulder
    Samples of icy spray shooting from Saturn's moon Enceladus collected during Cassini spacecraft flybys show the strongest evidence yet for the existence of a large-scale, subterranean saltwater ocean, says a new international study led by the University of Heidelberg and involving the University of Colorado Boulder. The new discovery was made during the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, a collaboration of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. Launched in 1997, the mission spacecraft arrived at the Saturn system in 2004 and has been touring the giant ringed planet and its vast moon system ever since. The plumes...
  • Cassini Returns Never-before-seen Views of the Ringed Planet - Saturn

    03/01/2007 6:09:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 2,370+ views ^ | 3/1/07
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured never-before-seen views of Saturn from perspectives high above and below the planet's rings. Over the last several months, the spacecraft has climbed to higher and higher inclinations, providing its cameras with glimpses of the planet and rings that have scientists gushing.
  • Cassini Takes Image of Saturn's Rings

    07/22/2004 4:13:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 761+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/04 | AP
    PASADENA, Calif. - The international Cassini spacecraft sent back a natural-color image of Saturn showing the planet's rings are shades of pink, gray and a bit of brown, scientists announced Thursday. The image was taken June 21, a few days before the spacecraft entered orbit, from 4 million miles below the rings. The rings are mostly ice, which is white if it is pure. Researchers at NASA (news - web sites)'s Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe the different colors reflect the presence of other materials, such as rock or carbon compounds. Detailed close-ups sent immediately after Cassini entered orbit on June...
  • Phoebe Probably Distant Traveller (Saturn Moon)

    06/20/2004 10:56:34 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 269+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-20-2004
    Phoebe probably distant traveller Cassini's images of Phoebe Images of Saturn's moon Phoebe from the Cassini spacecraft suggest it may be a relic of objects that formed billions of years ago in the outer Solar System. The pictures seem to show ice in its craters, boosting the theory that it is more similar to comets and very distant Solar System objects than to asteroids. Scientists think Phoebe migrated inwards and was probably captured by Saturn's gravity billions of years ago. Several tiny Saturn moons may have been blasted out of Phoebe by space impacts. "Battered and beat-up as [Phoebe] is,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 05-25-04

    05/25/2004 7:14:20 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 2 replies · 123+ views
    NASA ^ | 05-25-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 May 25 Moon Between the Stones Credit & Copyright: Philip Perkins Explanation: Despite clouds and rain showers astronomer Phillip Perkins managed to spot a reddened, eclipsed Moon between the stones of this well known monument to the Sun during May's total lunar eclipse, from Stonehenge, England. When he recorded this dramatic picture, the rising Moon was only about 5 degrees above the horizon, but conveniently located through...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 09-03-04

    09/03/2004 5:15:01 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 1,607+ views
    NASA ^ | 09-03-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 September 3 Hurricane Frances Approaches Florida Credit: NASA, NOAA Explanation: A major hurricane is heading for Florida. Hurricane Frances, one of the stronger storm systems of modern times, may cross the eastern coast of Florida sometime tomorrow. Those in the path of a hurricane should take precautions. For example, NASA's Kennedy Space Center has completely shut down. The orbiting GOES-12 satellite took the above image of Hurricane...
  • Mysterious signal hints at subsurface ocean on Titan

    06/11/2007 10:33:27 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 7 replies · 513+ views
    The New Scientist ^ | 22:29 11 June 2007 | David Shiga
    The tentative detection of low frequency radio waves on Saturn's icy moon, Titan, could signal an underground ocean of liquid water, a new study says. If so, it would be good news for the possibility of life beneath the surface of this bizarre world. Titan's crust is thought to be made largely of water ice, kept rock hard by the prevailing surface temperature of -178° Celsius. But theoretical models of the moon's interior suggest that ammonia-rich water deep beneath the surface could stay liquid, perhaps forming a global ocean. Now, scientists led by Fernando Simoes of the Centre d'Etudes Terrestres...
  • Saturn Craft Approaches Ringed Planet After 7 Years in Space

    06/03/2004 9:35:07 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 42 replies · 388+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | 6/3/2004 | Alex Morales
    <p>June 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, a European-U.S. project, is approaching Saturn after a journey of almost seven years and on July 1 is scheduled to become the first manmade object to orbit the ringed planet.</p> <p>The Cassini orbiter and Huygens probe were launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Oct. 15, 1997. The orbiter will study Saturn, its 31 moons, rings and magnetic environment. The probe will detach from Cassini in six months to descend to one of the moons. For scientists at London's Imperial College, the insertion of the craft into orbit represents ``the most critical moment of the mission,'' according to an e-mailed statement.</p>
  • Saturn's natural radio emissions raise questions about rotation

    06/28/2004 8:37:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 323+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/28/04 | AP - Pasadena
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The U.S.-European Cassini spacecraft has been listening to natural radio signals from Saturn, and what it's hearing raises questions about the length of day on the ringed planet. Cassini found the rhythm of natural radio signals, regarded as the most reliable indicator of the length of day, shows a complete rotation takes 10 hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds, plus or minus 36 seconds, NASA said in a statement Monday. That's about six minutes longer than the radio rotational period measured by the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft that flew by Saturn in 1980 and 1981....
  • Cassini Finds an Active, Watery World at Saturn's Moon Enceladus

    07/29/2005 2:24:17 PM PDT · by Fitzcarraldo · 10 replies · 658+ views
    JPL web site ^ | 29 July 2005 | JPL
    Saturn's tiny icy moon Enceladus, which ought to be cold and dead, instead displays evidence for active ice volcanism. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found a huge cloud of water vapor over the moon's south pole, and warm fractures where evaporating ice probably supplies the vapor cloud. Cassini has also confirmed Enceladus is the major source of Saturn's largest ring, the E-ring. "Enceladus is the smallest body so far found that seems to have active volcanism," said Dr. Torrence Johnson, Cassini imaging-team member at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "Enceladus' localized water vapor atmosphere is reminiscent of comets. 'Warm spots'...
  • Cassini Finds 'Missing Link' Moonlet Evidence in Saturn's Rings

    03/29/2006 8:18:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 575+ views
    JPL/ NASA ^ | 3/29/06
    Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have found evidence that a new class of small moonlets resides within Saturn's rings. There may be as many as 10 million of these objects within one of Saturn's rings alone. The moonlets' existence could help answer the question of whether Saturn's rings were formed through the break-up of a larger body or are the remnants of the disk of material from which Saturn and its moons formed. "These moonlets are likely to be chunks of the ancient body whose break-up produced Saturn's glorious rings," said Joseph Burns of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., a co-author...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-05-02

    09/05/2002 5:35:24 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 221+ views
    NASA ^ | 9-05-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 September 5 Voyager Views Titan's HazeCredit: Voyager Project, JPL, NASA Explanation: Launched in 1977, 25 years ago today, the Voyager 1 spacecraft's historic tour of the outer Solar System took it past Saturn in late 1980. On November 12, 1980, Voyager 1 recorded this view looking across the edge of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, from a distance of about 22,000 kilometers. Seen in false color, the moon's...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-12-04

    10/12/2004 8:39:27 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 1,289+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-12-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 October 12 M3: Inconstant Star Cluster Credit & Copyright: J. Hartman & K. Stanek (Harvard CfA) Explanation: Star clusters appear constant because photographs of them are frozen in time. In reality, though, cluster stars swarm the center and frequently fluctuate in brightness. Although the time it takes for stars to cross a cluster is about 100,000 years, the time it takes for a star to fluctuate noticeably...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 09-14-04

    09/14/2004 7:37:32 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 1,099+ views
    NASA ^ | 09-14-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 September 14 Genesis Mission's Hard Impact Credit: Genesis Mission, NASA Explanation: A flying saucer from outer space crash-landed in the Utah desert last week after being tracked by radar and chased by helicopters. No space aliens were involved, however. The saucer, pictured above, was the Genesis sample return capsule, part of a human-made robot Genesis spaceship launched three years ago by NASA itself to study the Sun....
  • Saturn's sixtieth moon discovered

    07/21/2007 1:51:50 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 241+ views
    BBC ^ | July 21, 2007 (Saturday).
    The new moon could be related to Methone and Pallene A new moon has been discovered orbiting Saturn - bringing the planet's latest moon tally up to 60.The body was spotted in a series of images taken by cameras onboard the Cassini spacecraft. Initial calculations suggest the moon is about 2km-wide (1.2 miles) and its orbit sits between those of two other Saturnian moons, Methone and Pallene. The Cassini Imaging Team, who found the object, said Saturn's moon count could rise further still. New family The moon appears as a dim speck in images taken by the Cassini probe's...
  • A remarkable Cassini picture: Hyperion (moon of Saturn)

    09/30/2005 11:29:53 AM PDT · by cogitator · 104 replies · 3,329+ views
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 09-02-04

    09/02/2004 9:35:42 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 11 replies · 1,559+ views
    NASA ^ | 09-02-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 September 2 The Large Cloud of Magellan Credit & Copyright: Loke Kun Tan (StarryScapes) Explanation: Portuguese navigator Fernando de Magellan and his crew had plenty of time to study the southern sky during the first circumnavigation of planet Earth. As a result, two fuzzy cloud-like objects easily visible for southern hemisphere skygazers are known as the Clouds of Magellan. Of course, these star clouds are now understood...