Tag: Cassini

Alien Life Possibly Producing Methane In Saturn Moon Enceladus

A microbe that thrives in harsh environments on Earth can grow well in conditions similar to the hydrothermal vents on Enceladus' seafloor. They even produced methane, raising possibility that methane detected by Cassini has biological origins.

Space February 28, 2018

Saturn Moon Enceladus Has Warm Ocean Old Enough To Have Evolved Life

Is there alien life on Enceladus? A new study suggests its vast sub-ocean may have a heat source enough to sustain it for billions of years: a long time for possible life-forms to thrive.

Space November 7, 2017

Goodbye, Cassini: NASA Spacecraft To End 20-Year Voyage By Crashing Into Saturn

NASA's Cassini is now on course to crash into Saturn on Sept. 15. The end of the 20-year mission of the spacecraft, which has explored Saturn for the past five months, has resulted in overflowing expressions of grief.

Space September 13, 2017

Saturn Moon Titan Has Molecules That Can Help Form Cell Membranes

Scientists from NASA detected acrylonitrile on the atmosphere of Saturn’s biggest moon, Titan. The new discovery may help researchers understand chemical reactions that have made Earth habitable.

Space July 29, 2017

LOOK: Stunning New Photos From Cassini’s 2nd Saturn Dive Released By NASA

NASA Cassini took its second dive on May 2 and delivered brilliant images of Saturn and its rings. The spacecraft also made magnetic field observations when it got closer to the Saturn.

Space May 10, 2017

Listen To The Sound From 'The Big Empty' Between Saturn And Its Rings

The April 26 dive of NASA Cassini spacecraft in the gap between Saturn and its rings came across few particles and gave freaky sounds indicating empty space and an eerie silence.

Space May 3, 2017

Cassini Finds The Gap Between Saturn And Its Rings Relatively Dust-Free

The Cassini spacecraft completed its first dive between Saturn and its rings on April 26. However, scientists were astonished to discover that the region almost had no dust particles.

Space May 2, 2017

NASA's Cassini Ends Date With Saturn: Here Are Some Of The Best Images Snapped By This Spacecraft

Cassini spacecraft, now in the final phase of its mission, has made a successful dive between Saturn and its rings. It is now gearing up for the final plunge into the planet's surface in September.

Space April 30, 2017

Cassini Spacecraft Beams Back Data After First Of Last 22 Orbits Around Saturn And Fatal Plunge

The Cassini spacecraft is alive and transmitting data. It successfully completed its first of 22 planned passes through the gap between Saturn and its massive ring system on April 26, before its anticipated fatal plunge in September.

Space April 27, 2017

Cassini Spacecraft Flies By Saturn Moon Titan For The Last Time

Cassini spacecraft has made its prelude to the Grand Finale with its last flyby of Titan. The probe's last encounter with the moon changed its orbit so it will pass through the gap between Saturn and its rings.

Space April 25, 2017

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft To Dive Between Saturn And Its Rings Before Fatal Plunge Into Planet's Atmosphere

NASA announces that the Cassini-Huygens Mission will conclude in a literal blaze of glory. Cassini spacecraft will perform 22 dives before burning up like a meteor.

Space April 23, 2017

NASA's Cassini Captures Image Of Earth Through Rings Of Saturn: Here's What Our Planet Looks Like From Afar

Cassini takes a photo of Earth from between Saturn’s rings before its 'grand finale' set to begin by the end of April. The photo of Earth is reminiscent of Voyager 1’s ‘Pale Blue Dot.’

Space April 22, 2017

Bubbles Form 'Magic Islands' On Saturn Moon Titan

Disappearing 'magic islands' on Titan's sea may be streams of nitrogen bubbles that appear and disappear at random, a new study suggests. The strange phenomenon is caused by several factors.

Space April 18, 2017

This Week, NASA Announces Fresh Discovery On Ocean Worlds In Our Solar System

NASA is holding a major press briefing this week to reveal its newest results on ocean worlds in the solar system. The mysterious event is expected to reveal information that could affect the search for life beyond Earth.

Space April 12, 2017

Goodbye, Cassini: Here’s Why NASA Decided To Kill The Saturn Probe

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will begin it's last journey on April 22 with an encounter with Titan. Then it will be slingshot into Saturn’s atmosphere and will meet its demise in September as it burns up in the atmosphere, ending the mission.

Space April 7, 2017

Saturn's Moon Enceladus 'Tiger Stripes' Show Its Giant Ocean May Hold Alien Life

A new study has found that the southern polar region of Saturn’s ice-covered moon Enceladus is much warmer than expected. The study also states that the subsurface ocean may be closer to the surface than earlier thought to be.

Space March 17, 2017

NASA's Cassini Captures Odd Shape Of Saturn Moon Pan As It Gears For Final Plunge Into Ringed Planet's Atmosphere

Cassini spacecraft captured an image of a ravioli-like Saturn moon Pan as it prepares for the Grand Finale of its mission. The final phase could settle questions about the planet and its rings.

Space March 12, 2017

Saturn's Tiny Moon Pan Looks Like A UFO, A Ravioli, An Empanada - But It's Not Weird At All In Space

The internet is in love with the latest image of Saturn's moon Pan, with people tagging it as the ravioli moon, UFO moon, and more. However, Pan is not weird at all, and here's why.

Space March 11, 2017

LOOK: NASA Reveals Closest Ever Photos Of Saturn Moon Pan, Twitter Says It Looks Like Ravioli

A space ravioli? NASA has released the latest unedited photographs of Pan, one of Saturn’s many moons, which were taken by the Cassini spacecraft during a close flyby.

Space March 10, 2017

Ringed Planet In HD: New Images From NASA Cassini Space Showcase Saturn Rings In Incredible Detail

NASA's Cassini probe has sent dazzling up-close images of the planet's icy rings with new details. The images have neatly captured the ring's exterior with prominence to features such as straw and propellers, which were less conspicuous in other images.

Space February 1, 2017

Liquid-Based Analysis Can Improve Chances Of Findings Alien Life On Ocean Worlds

NASA scientists are working on a liquid-based technique to detect signs of alien life on extraterrestrial ocean worlds. How does the capillary electrophoresis method work?

Space January 30, 2017

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Offers New Look At Saturn’s Tethys: Another ‘Death Star’ Moon?

NASA says it looks like an eyeball but latest Cassini spacecraft images of Saturn’s moon, Tethys, show it has a stark resemblance to the planet’s 'Death Star' moon Mimas.

Space January 25, 2017

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Grazes Saturn’s Rings, Captures Closest View Of Ringed Planet’s Tiny Moon Daphnis

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured close images of Saturn’s tiny moon, Daphnis. The probe is grazing Saturn’s outer rings as part of the first phase of the end of its mission on the Ringed Planet.

Space January 20, 2017

What Are The Prospects For Space Travel in 2017?

Here are some likely highlights for space travel and exploration this year according to NBC News, including Earth science probes, new SpaceX launches, and space-based internet.

Space January 3, 2017

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Offers Never-Before-Seen View Of Saturn's Moon Pandora

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a high-resolution image of Saturn's potato-shaped moon Pandora. The new photo was taken on Dec. 18, when the space probe was making its closest flyby of the moon.

Space December 29, 2016

NASA Cassini Data Show Saturn Moons May Be Younger Than Previously Thought

A new study says the moons of Saturn are young, rebutting the belief that they are 4. 5 billion years old. The finding was derived by interpreting new data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, showing the shorter distance existing between the planet and moons.

Space December 9, 2016

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Sends First Photos From New Orbit Around Saturn

Cassini Spacecraft, the NASA probe on Saturn, has started sending photos of its ring-grazing orbit mission that started on Nov. 30. The images, according to NASA, show Saturn's northern hemisphere and its outer rings viewed with different spectral filters.

Space December 8, 2016

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Begins Ring-Grazing Orbits Phase Of Saturn Mission

NASA’s Saturn probe Cassini spacecraft will be entering a thrilling phase from Nov. 30 with the mission of grazing the outer edge of the planet’s rings. The passes will take it closer to the dusty outer reaches of the F ring.

Space November 30, 2016

Watch Methane Clouds Move Above Saturn's Moon Titan [Video]

A newly released video from NASA shows methane clouds streaming across Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The gas formations were seen over the moon's northern region from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30.

Space November 8, 2016

NASA Cassini Spacecraft To Wind Down Last Year On Saturn With ‘Brand-New’ Mission

The Cassini Spacecraft will mark its last year on Saturn with a brand new mission. The spacecraft will fly between the planet's rings to collect highly relevant data.

Space October 26, 2016

New Ocean World? Subsurface Ocean Present On Saturn Moon Dione, According To Cassini Mission Data

Researchers have interpreted data from the Cassini mission and concluded that Dione has a subsurface ocean. The Saturn moon is the newest to join the group of ocean worlds in the solar system.

Space October 6, 2016

NASA Finds Impossible Cloud On Saturn Moon Titan For The Second Time

The amount of the compound dicyanoacetylene in the stratosphere of Saturn's moon Titan should not be enough to form the mysterious ice cloud recently spotted by NASA's Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. What is the possible explanation behind this strange cloud formation?

Space September 22, 2016

NASA's Cassini Detects Flooded Canyons On Saturn's Moon Titan

Thanks to data gathered by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists have detected a network of canyons flooded with liquid hydrocarbons on Saturn's moon Titan. The discovery presents first direct evidence of liquid-filled channels on the moon.

Space August 10, 2016

Decades Of Hunting For LIfe On Titan Gets New Boost

Alien life may be more likely than once believed on the surface of Titan, researchers discover. What other evidence do we have for extraterrestrial life on the surface of the largest moon of Saturn?

Space July 12, 2016

NASA's Cassini Specacraft Explore Methane Sea On Saturn Moon Titan

A new study has found that some parts of Saturn moon, Titan, is made up of methane sea. Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft confirmed previous speculations, enhancing existing expert knowledge about the moon.

Space April 27, 2016

Interstellar Dust Captured By NASA's Cassini To Shed Light On Regions Beyond Solar System

Astronomers have detected some interstellar dust passing through the ringed planet, Saturn. These dust particles, discovered to have a similar chemical makeup, could shed light on how planets and stars take shape.

Space April 19, 2016

Saturn Spacecraft Cassini Samples Dust From Beyond Solar System

The Cassini spacecraft sampled interstellar dust coming from outside of our solar system. What it found was stardust that is quite different from ones previously observed.

Space April 15, 2016

Cassini Probe Returns Stunning New Image Of Saturn

Saturn is seen in a stunning new image from the Cassini spacecraft. What is next for this hardy space observatory?

Space April 5, 2016

Saturn Moon Titan's Mountains Hint What Lies Beneath Its Crust

Saturn's largest moon Titan possesses a thick and complex atmosphere that resembles that of a "frozen version" of Earth. Titan also contains mountain ranges with high peaks, but what lies beneath this moon's crust?

Space March 26, 2016

Titan's Tallest Peak Spied By Cassini Spacecraft

Titan possesses mountains over 10,000 feet in height, and the Cassini spacecraft has found the largest of them all. What makes this finding on Saturn's largest moon so special?

Space March 25, 2016

Does Planet Nine Exist? These Are The Tools Astronomers Are Using To Find It

Observations of bodies deep in the solar system suggest an unseen ninth planet sits beyond the orbit of Neptune. Here are some of the tools astronomers are using to find the distant world.

Space February 28, 2016

Optical Illusion Tricked Astronomers About Size Of Saturn's Most Opaque Ring

Duped! Researchers have found Saturn's most opaque ring's biggest secret - it's not as big or as old as you think. A stellar optical illusion has tricked astronomers for decades.

Space February 4, 2016

NASA's Cassini Probe To Make Final Flyby Of Saturn Moon Enceladus

The Cassini space probe is about to conduct its final flyby of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus on Saturday at a distance of about 3,106 miles. The NASA-operated spacecraft, however, will continue its observation of the moon but at a greater distance for the duration of its mission in the planet system.

Space December 20, 2015

Geysers On Saturn Moon Enceladus Lose Steam, According To Cassini Data

New data showed that geysers blasting material from the subsurface ocean of Saturn moon Enceladus are having 30 to 50 percent less output. Last Oct. 28, NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its deepest dive through the moon's active icy plume.

Space December 17, 2015

Red Streaks On Saturn Moon Tethys Baffle Scientists

The streaks of red seemingly painted on Saturn's moon Tethys have left astronomers baffled. Scientist Paul Schenk on Tuesday presented his theory regarding the blood-stained moon at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting.

Space December 16, 2015

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