Saturn system

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lord of the Rings
    Missions to land on other planets benefit from the regular close approaches that neighboring worlds make in our solar system. The current blitz on Mars took advantage of a close approach in August, and this time next year, a lander descending on one of Saturn's
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