Saturn system

  • Wedding to a Ring
    The Cassini probe has buzzed by Venus (twice), the Earth and asteroids, but today's mission is not just to flyby, but to be captured--in this case by the giant ringworld, Saturn. After seven years since launch, the most tense period of journey will unfold
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  • Weather May Disrupt Receipt of Cassini Signals
    Everything looks good for Cassini to perform a successful maneuver that will bring it into orbit around Saturn late tonight. Everything, that is, except the weather. High winds in Canberra, Australia, and a chance of rain in Spain, although they won´t affect the success of
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  • Cassini Sails Flawlessly into Saturn’s Orbit
    The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft performed a flawless 96-minute engine burn Wednesday night and sailed into orbit around Saturn. During the next four years, Cassini will circle Saturn more than 75 times, conducting a detailed study of the planet and its moons and rings.
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  • Dawn to Dusk on Saturn
    If one thing seems certain it is that the sun will rise again tomorrow. But on Saturn, the length of a day has become a matter of scientific dispute. To find an answer, scientists tuned their radio receivers to listen for the planet's periodic
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  • Cassini Saturn Orbit Insertion Timeline
    Over the next few days, if Cassini spacecraft achieves its next critical milestone, Saturn will capture it for at least a four-year mission. But if it doesn't succeed, the spacecraft flies past Saturn towards deep space.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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