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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.

Essential Science: Listening in on the sounds of Saturn

Houston - NASA scientists have begun sharing information collected by the Cassini spacecraft, which has been exploring Saturn and its moons. One remarkable offering is the ‘sounds’ that emanate from the giant planet’s rings.

NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

Miami - 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.

Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA

Washington - An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft.

Grains of sands on Titan held together by static electricity

Atlanta - The great moon of Saturn – Titan – is a remarkable object. With a surface of sand and a possible ocean beneath its surface it is different to many other planetary objects. A new insight into the sands indicates signs of static electricity.

Strange swirling hexagonal structure on Saturn spotted

Houston - The Cassini probe, investigating Saturn, has detected a strange swirling structure, hexagonal in shape, at the north pole of the planet. The structure appears to regularly change color.

Essential Science: Saturn’s moon contains an underground ocean

Reviewing data from the Cassini spacecraft, astrophysicists think there’s a strong chance that the Saturnian satellite Dione contains a vast underground ocean.

Saturn flyby reveals icy moon Dione's enigmatic craters

Scientists get their last look at Saturn’s icy moon Dione after NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a flyby this week taking fresh images.

Alien life on Saturn's moon, Enceladus, much more likely

New data from NASA's Cassini mission to explore Saturn and its moons has scientists excited. The agency's space probe has just found conditions on the planet's moon, Enceladus, which makes the discovery of alien life there far more probable.

NASA aims to send submarine to explore seas on Titan

In one of the most awe-inspiring and audacious plans ever conceived by NASA, the space agency has unveiled a project to send a submarine to Saturn's moon, Titan, to explore its mysterious seas.

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.

Saturn jumps in for a photobomb of the moon

Sydney - In a rare moment of celestial fun, the sixth planet from the sun decided to drop in for a photobomb of Earth's moon on Monday night.

Mountains on Saturn moon are 'celestial debris'

Mountains at the equator on Iapetus, a moon of the planet Saturn, may have come from space rather than being formed on the surface of the satellite.

Saturn's moon hides an icy ocean

A body of liquid water has been discovered beneath the surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. The tiny moon is a potentially hospitable home for extraterrestrial life.

Scientists claim diamond rain occurs on Saturn and Jupiter

US scientists have calculated that diamonds big enough for celebrities to wear could be raining down on Jupiter and Saturn.

Massive Saturn storm reveals water in planet's atmosphere

Saturn may be defying science's classification of the planet as a gas giant. A storm in 2010 and 2011 revealed for the first time that water exists on Saturn.

NASA releases Earth photo taken from Saturn's orbit

London - The Blue Marble becomes a tiny dot in the immensity of the vast space when seen from Saturn's orbit at a distance of 1,440 kilometers.

See Saturn's rings like you've never seen them before

Though NASA's Cassini-Huygens spacecraft landed on Saturn's moons in 2005, the general public can soon see hundreds of thousands of images the spacecraft took in an upcoming film.

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.

Lunar eclipse tonight, Saturn also in view — Live video

Stargazers are preparing for the first eclipse of the 2013 season because Saturn will be also be visible tonight. The eclipse will be the most visible from the Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa, and Western Australia tonight.

‘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.

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.

NASA's Cassini discovers liquid water on Saturn's moon Titan

The journal "Science" reported on June 28, 2012, that NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered layers of liquid water under the ice shell of Saturn's moon Titan.

Saturn, Moon and star Spica in rare triple conjunction

A triple conjunction of the Moon, the planet Saturn and the bright star Spica will occur on Thursday night (May 3) about an hour after sunset. The rare beautiful sight may be seen looking toward the southeast.

Amazing video of Saturn created from old NASA photos

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.

Spacecraft passes Saturn moon low enough to 'taste' the vapour

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 captures new images of Saturn's moon Rhea

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's Cassini spacecraft flies over Saturn's moons

Pasadena - 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.

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.

Study: Saturn's rings part of moon impact 4.5 billion years ago

Boulder - Saturn's rings – made up of rock, dust and ice – make it distinctive in our solar system. How did the rings get there? A new study suggests that they could be fragments from a collision with a moon the size of Titan.
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Some parts of Dione s surface are covered by linear features  called chasmata  which provide dramati...
Some parts of Dione's surface are covered by linear features, called chasmata, which provide dramatic contrast to the round impact craters that typically cover moons.
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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.
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Artist s conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
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A false-color view of Saturn s moon Hyperion revealing crisp details across the strange  tumbling mo...
A false-color view of Saturn's moon Hyperion revealing crisp details across the strange, tumbling moon's surface. Differences in color may represent differences in the composition of surface materials. Taken during Cassini's close flyby on Sept. 26, 2005.
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Titan is the largest moon of Saturn. It is the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere  and the o...
Titan is the largest moon of Saturn. It is the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only object in space other than Earth where clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.
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Saturn makes its way out from behind the moon on Aug. 4  2014.
Saturn makes its way out from behind the moon on Aug. 4, 2014.
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Cassini will bid  A final kiss goodbye  on Friday.
Cassini will bid "A final kiss goodbye" on Friday.
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Artist s rendition of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.
Artist's rendition of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.
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geysers bursting through an icy crust  Enceladus is a tiny moon with a big personality. Credit: Hsia...
geysers bursting through an icy crust, Enceladus is a tiny moon with a big personality. Credit: Hsiang-Wen Hsu et al/Nature Enceladus - geysers bursting through an icy crust, Enceladus
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General Motors  recall of 1.6 million vehicles including the Saturn Sky may have been ordered earlie...
General Motors' recall of 1.6 million vehicles including the Saturn Sky may have been ordered earlier, resulting if fewer incidents and personal injuries.
General Motors
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
Titan s surface is marked by broad regions of bright and dark terrain.
Titan's surface is marked by broad regions of bright and dark terrain.
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Schematic showing the odd Pac-Man like pattern of daytime temperatures found on Saturn s smallest mo...
Schematic showing the odd Pac-Man like pattern of daytime temperatures found on Saturn's smallest moon Mimas. The heat map was compiled from data recorded by the Cassini spacecraft during a Feb. 13, 2010 flyby of Mimas.
Credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/SWRI/SSI
A huge arrow-shaped storm blows across the equatorial region of Titan in this image from NASA s Cass...
A huge arrow-shaped storm blows across the equatorial region of Titan in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, chronicling the seasonal weather changes on Saturn's largest moon.
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Peering through Titan s haze.
Peering through Titan's haze.
NASA
General Motors  recall of 1.6 million vehicles including the Saturn Ion may have been ordered earlie...
General Motors' recall of 1.6 million vehicles including the Saturn Ion may have been ordered earlier, resulting if fewer incidents and personal injuries.
General Motors
An image obtained by Cassini showing the geyser basin at Enceladus south pole with water vapor jets ...
An image obtained by Cassini showing the geyser basin at Enceladus south pole with water vapor jets clearly visible.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
An artist s impression of one of Saturn s rings close up
An artist's impression of one of Saturn's rings close up
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