Saturn

  • Cassini Closes In on Saturn
    Cassini is poised to provide the most comprehensive set of images and other scientific data ever collected on the giant ringed planet Saturn.
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  • Patching Titan’s Surface View
    The Cassini spacecraft has sent back images three times better than previous best views of the intriguing moon, Titan. Using a near-infrared polarizing filter, much of Titan's smog can be penetrated to look at the patchy surface.
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  • Phoebe, the Ice Princess
    When Cassini captured close-up views of Saturn's moon, Phoebe, its bright and clear patches revealed a probable cometary origin and a marked contrast to the rest of the moons in the Saturnian system.
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  • Phoebe Flyby Reveals Comet-like Moon
    During the early June flyby of Saturn's dark moon, Phoebe, scientists were able to confirm for the first time that the moon is likely a captured comet-like object.
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  • Buzzing the Dark Moon
    A close approach to Saturn's dark moon, Phoebe, will give planetary scientists a front-row seat to discover if the moon was captured or formed as part of a grander accretion like the rings and other thirty moons.
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  • Flying by Phoebe
    The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is nearing the giant ringed planet Saturn. It will orbit Saturn for the next several years, sending back scientific information about the planet and its rings and moons. Later this year, Cassini will release the Huygens probe to descend through the atmosphere
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  • Slipping through the Rings
    Closing in on Saturn this month, the Cassini spacecraft's camera continues to provide spectacular images of the ringed planet. In less than three weeks, the probe will cross between F and G ring systems while the orbiter slows down into its entry trajectory.
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  • Saturn: The Closest Pass
    Not for two decades have planetary scientists been this close to Saturn. When the Cassini probe enters Saturn's orbital grip, its instrument suite will help discover the planet's rotation rate and magnetic properties.
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  • Stormy Bands on Ringed World
    A classic compare and contrast image pair reveals Saturn's beauty as snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cassini probe on close approach.
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  • Titan’s Big Future in Plastics
    Titan, Saturn's hydrocarbon-rich moon, appears to host oil lakes and the raw materials for making organics. Those organics may serve as precursors to plastics, or possibly simple biomolecules.
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  • Seven Years to Saturn
    Nearing the culmination of its seven-year voyage to Saturn, the Cassini space probe officially entered the orbit of the outer planet on May 18. Returning new pictures of a dark spot and high, thick clouds hint at more mysteries to come.
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  • Titan Lifting Veil on Xanadu
    As the Cassini probe closes in on Saturn's fascinating moon, Titan, its dark and bright spots already appear but their mysterious origins will have to await a July 2nd unveiling.
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  • Eyeful of Saturn
    The Cassini spaceprobe now approaching Saturn got its last glimpse of the ringed planet in a composition that fills its camera lens. As the mission enters its system of moons, the views will get increasingly detailed in preparation for a December landing attempt on the
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  • Shepherd’s Moon on Saturn
    The latest images from Saturn show the mysterious outer (F) ring, which is part of a moon system that sweeps away orbiting dust and also forms resonant bands.
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  • Titan, the Enigmatic Moon
    New ground-based observations of Titan have identified three bright atmospheric regions. These spots may help explain what this oil-rich moon may offer the latest probe in just a few months when Cassini begins to orbit around Saturn.
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