A Survivor’s Tale: Cassini Lives Through First Ring Dive

One down, twenty-one to go! The Cassini spacecraft survived the first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings, and is now back communicating with Earth. It was a long day for Cassini scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while the spacecraft was out of contact for 20 hours during this […]

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Cassini’s Final Mission to Annihilation Starts April 22

Grab the tissues. This video nearly had the Cassini team all choked up during today’s press briefing, and virtual sobs and sniffs were abundant on social media posts sharing the video. “We get goosebumps and get emotional every time we see it,” said Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at JPL. On April 22 the Cassini […]

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Warm Poles Suggest Enceladus’ Liquid Water Near Surface

One of the biggest surprises from the Cassini mission to Saturn has been the discovery of active geysers at the south pole of the moon Enceladus. At only about 500 km (310 miles) in diameter, the bright and ice-covered moon should be too small and too far from the Sun to be active. Instead, this […]

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What is the Weather like on Saturn?

Welcome back to our planetary weather series! Next up, we take a look at the ringed-beauty, Saturn! Saturn is famous for many things. Aside from its ring system, which are the most visible and beautiful of any gas giant, it is also known for its extensive system of moons (the second largest in the Solar […]

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