Saturn system

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    Two new studies have shed some light on a centuries-old mystery surrounding Saturn's moon Iapetus. The studies also provide new information about the Saturn system and how the moons and rings of the giant planet interact. This is important in determining the potential for habitable
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    Astronomers have discovered an enormous ring around Saturn that may be linked to the moon, Phoebe. The finding highlights connections between the moons and rings of Saturn. The research could help in determining how the Saturn system was formed and, ultimately, the habitability of moons
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  • Cassini to Continue
    NASA is extending the Cassini-Huygens mission by two years. The mission has provided exciting and unexpected findings from locations like Titan and Enceladus, and will now continue is important observations of Saturn and the planet's unique moons.
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  • Studying Saturn’s Ecology
    With data from Cassini, scientists are beginning to understand the interactions between Saturn´s many dynamic moons. The environment of Saturn´s moons is important in determining whether or not some of them could be abodes for life, and how transport of material between the moons affects
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  • Iapetus Spun Fast, Froze Young
    Scientists have found that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a well-preserved relic from the early Solar System. Studying the moon could yield important clues about the history of the outer Solar System.
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  • Hydrocarbon Hyperion
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed for the first time surface details of Saturn's moon Hyperion, including cup-like craters filled with hydrocarbons that may indicate more widespread presence in our solar system of basic chemicals necessary for life.
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  • Saturn’s Active Moons
    The Cassini spacecraft has found that Saturn's icy moons Tethys and Dione are flinging streams of particles into space. The findings suggest that these moons may be geologically active.
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  • Hot Stuff on Saturn
    A recent study has changed our understanding of planetary atmospheres and may have implications for understanding the future of our own planet's climate. How Earth's environment changes over time is directly related to the evolution and survival of life on Earth.
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  • Moonlet Wakes
    New observations of propeller-shaped disturbances in Saturn's A ring indicate the presence of four small, embedded moons -- and most likely millions more, Cornell University astronomers report.
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  • Saturn’s Fury
    Imagine an electrical storm larger than the continental United States in which the lightning bolts are more than 1,000 times stronger than conventional lightning, and you'll have a good idea of the lightning storm -- the strongest of its kind ever seen -- that University
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  • Surfing Saturn’s Gravity
    By watching a distant star as it passed behind Saturn's outer rings, Cornell University astronomers on NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn have found the most direct evidence to date of patterns, called gravitational wakes, within the planet's outer rings.
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  • Ciclops’ Double Vision
    Cassini performed back-to-back flybys of Saturn moons Tethys and Hyperion last weekend, coming closer than ever before to each of them.
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  • Spying Spokes
    Delighted scientists on the Cassini imaging team will be breaking out the champagne in celebration of the first Cassini sighting of spokes, the ghostly radial markings discovered in Saturn's rings by NASA's Voyager spacecraft 25 years ago.
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  • Gravity Assist Bumper Cars
    New observations from the Cassini spacecraft now at Saturn indicate the particles comprising one of its most prominent rings are trapped in ever-changing clusters of debris that are regularly torn apart and reassembled by gravitational forces from the planet.
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  • Cloudy Saturn
    Cassini scientists have discovered an unexpected menagerie of clouds lurking in the depths of Saturn's complicated atmosphere.
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