“With Cassini, we had a rare opportunity and we seized it,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini Mission Scientist. And on Friday, September 15, we say goodbye to this incredible spacecraft. Since 2004, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn, exploring the magnificent gas giant planet while weaving through an incredibly diverse assortment of 60-plus icy moons, and skimming […]
Before it makes its final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday, the Cassini spacecraft made one last flyby of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon
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The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab recently submitted a proposal to NASA for a robotic mission to Titan known as Dragonfly.
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A new study by an international team of scientists shows how Titan’s atmosphere could contain a key building block for organic molecules, which could drastic implications in the hunt for extra-terrestrial life.
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A recent study has shown that Titan’s methane lakes experience very low waves, which could make it an ideal landing spot for future missions
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There’s one reason to stay up late this summer, as the planet Saturn reaches opposition this week on June 15th and crosses into the evening sky.
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In the coming weeks, the Cassini probe will getting a better glimpse at the hexagonal storm around its northern polar region, as part of its Grand Finale
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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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