An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.
NASA scientists report that the Cassini mission has sighted a remarkable likeness to Egypt’s river Nile on Saturn’s large moon Titan. The river valley runs more than 200 miles (about 320 kilometres) from its source to what appears to be a large sea.
A video was created from images of the Saturn and Jupiter systems taken by NASA's Voyager and Cassini spacecrafts. Sander van den Berg used the images to create a two minute montage of spectacular images.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft's latest flyby of Enceladus, in orbit of Saturn, was its lowest pass yet of the moon's gushing south poles. New data is being analyzed, adding to the idea that this moon may even be capable of harbouring life.
NASA displayed new raw, unedited images of Saturn's moon Rhea, captured by the Cassini spacecraft on a close-approach of 42,000 kilometers (26,000 miles), a relatively distant pass suitable for geologic mapping.
NASA says its Cassini spacecraft will soon be making its closest pass over Saturn's moon Dione, and observing the atmosphere of Titan, the largest Saturnian moon. Cassini's closest approach to Dione would be about 61 miles above the surface.
Cassini has discovered that Saturn has a giant aurora at its pole, based on different physics to others on Jupiter and Earth. Speculation is doing more than science at this point, but once again the universe has come up with a puzzle.
A screenshot from the trailer for In Saturn's Rings
In Saturn's Rings movie
Viewed at 261,000 miles (419,000 kilometers) from Saturn, the vortex of a massive polar hurricane around Saturn's north pole.
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Artist's impression Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion
From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission.
This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn was taken on November 27, 2012 and received on Earth November 27, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Saturn at approximately 400048 kilometers away, and the image was taken using the P0 and CB2 filters. The image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the Planetary Data System in 2013
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This is very like a "spot the difference" puzzle. There is obviously a lot happening on Titan, and finding out what it is will be worth doing.
Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.