Saturn

  • 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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  • Stormy Saturn
    As the Cassini mission approaches Saturn, the onboard cameras have begun to reveal the dynamic weather in the giant ringed world's cloud tops. In the southern hemisphere, new images show a brewing storm as two cells merge over several weeks.
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  • Titan Casts X-ray Shadow
    The Chandra X-ray Telescope caught a rare event, the passage of Saturn's biochemically rich moon, Titan, in front of the x-ray bright Crab nebula. Astronomers seized the moment to make the first x-ray measurements of Titan's thick, smoggy atmosphere.
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  • Saturn, Spot On
    As the Cassini-Huygens probe approaches Saturn, another stunning image of the moons surrounding this ringed world presents more mysteries as scientists seek to understand whether water circulation contributes to Saturn's cloud-top patterns.
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  • Titan’s Southern Smile
    Observations taken atop the Chilean mountains reveal strange atmospheric patches on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Although seen from the Hubble space telescope, the thick smog on Titan has proven a difficult photographic opportunity.
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  • Titan’s Lapping Oil Waves
    Saturn's moon, Titan, is thought to harbor lakes of hydrocarbons. By modelling these waves using Titan's gravity, scientists predict seven times higher crests spaced widely apart compared to similar inputs on Earth.
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  • Saturn in X-Rays
    The Chandra X-ray telescope shows that Saturn differs from Jupiter in whether its x-ray image is more intense at the poles or centered on the equator. This result has puzzled theorists since neither the x-ray intensity nor distribution fits any existing explanations.
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  • Titan in a Test Tube
    Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has one of the most promising chemical laboratories for producing complex organic molecules. Experiments conducted in preparation for this summer's mission to probe Titan's astmosphere have tried to simulate its cold, prebiotic soup.
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  • Saturnian Wheels Turn, Without Spokes
    As the Saturn probe, Cassini, approaches the ringed planet, its new images show a puzzling lack of 'spokes' that were first observed when Voyager flew by on its way to outer solar system. Planned to enter orbit in July, Cassini will drop a descent probe
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  • Titan Ready to Lift Veil
    Reaching Saturn in July, the Cassini probe will orbit the ringed planet for four years. Five months after its first orbit, the probe will drop its lander on Saturn's moon, Titan--a biochemically rich world with black hydrocarbon lakes and chemical precursors for dishing up a
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