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Cassini spacecraft News

After 20 years, Cassini spacecraft to make ultimate sacrifice

On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space.

NASA’s Cassini's last fly-by of Saturn’s weird moon Hyperion

Pasadena - NASA’s Cassini spacecraft makes what will be its last close approach to Saturn’s oddly shaped moon, Hyperion, today, Sunday, May 31.

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.

Op-Ed: Mystery on Titan — Why did a feature in Titan’s sea disappear?

Sydney - Astronomers watching features on Saturn’s moon Titan were astonished to see a “land” feature simply disappear on photos from the Cassini spacecraft. This large feature, a peninsula on the Saturnian hydrocarbon “sea,” seems to have disappeared.

NASA's Cassini orbiter captures daytime lightning on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecrat has captured images of lightning on Saturn during a storm that raged for 200 days on the planet. The storm was the largest ever seen up-close on the planet. Cassini captured the lightning in daylight on the ringed planet.

Saturn transitions into spring weather; Titan rains methane

Pasadena - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Cassini spacecraft garnered photos of Saturn's largest satellite, Titan, changing seasons. The images captured darkened clouds raining methane on its equatorial deserts.
 

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Artist s impression Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion
Artist's impression Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion
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NASA s Cassini spacecraft took this raw  unedited image of Saturn s moon Rhea shadowed by the giant ...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unedited image of Saturn's moon Rhea shadowed by the giant planet on March 10, 2012.
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
NASA s Cassini spacecraft took this raw  unprocessed image of the highly cratered surface of Saturn ...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unprocessed image of the highly cratered surface of Saturn's moon Rhea on March 10, 2012.
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A false-color image from NASA s Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn s north pole. The ey...
A false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn's north pole. The eye of a hurricane-like storm appears dark red while the fast-moving hexagonal jet stream framing it is a yellowish green.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
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

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