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Cassini mission News

Saturn’s weird wobbly moon, Mimas

Ithaca - Saturn’s moon Mimas is already an oddity, being the most cratered object in the Solar System and likened to the Death Star of Star Wars fame. But new research this week points to Mimas being even weirder than previously thought.

Propylene 'plastic' found on Saturn's moon Titan

Cassini, the NASA spacecraft, has found propylene, a chemical commonly used to make plastic kitchen containers on Titan. Titan is Saturn's moon and the chemical was detected in the lower atmosphere. This is the first finding of propylene outside Earth.

Cassini spacecraft's startling images of massive Saturn hurricane

NASA has released some of the most breathtaking images yet from the Cassini-Huygens Saturn orbiter, showing a gigantic hurricane gyrating around Saturn’s north pole.

‘Nile river’ spotted by Cassini on Saturn moon Titan

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.

Possible explanation found for mountains on Saturn's Moon Titan

A new model developed by scientists working with radar data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows that differing densities in the outermost layers of Saturn's moon Titan could explain unusual surface behaviour leading to formation of mountains.
 

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A hydrocarbon river near the north pole of Saturn moon Titan  photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft ...
A hydrocarbon river near the north pole of Saturn moon Titan, photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 26, 2012. The river valley stretches more than 200 miles from its ‘source’ to a large hydrocarbon sea.
NASA/JPL
NASA s Cassini spacecraft took this raw  unprocessed portrait of Saturn s moon Rhea on March 10  201...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unprocessed portrait of Saturn's moon Rhea on March 10, 2012 from approximately 26,000 miles (almost 42,000 kilometers) away.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
Viewed at 261 000 miles (419 000 kilometers) from Saturn  the vortex of a massive polar hurricane ar...
Viewed at 261,000 miles (419,000 kilometers) from Saturn, the vortex of a massive polar hurricane around Saturn's north pole.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Artist s rendition of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.
Artist's rendition of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.
NASA, JPL-Caltex
Artist s impression Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion
Artist's impression Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion
NASA