Massive ice avalanches on Iapetus
We've seen avalanches on Mars, but now scientists have found avalanches taking place on an unlikely place in our solar system: Saturns walnut-shaped, two-toned moon Iapetus. And these arent just ...
Cassini sees Saturn stressing out Enceladus
(PhysOrg.com) -- Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have, for the first time, enabled scientists to correlate the spraying of jets of water vapor from fissures on Saturn's moon Enceladus with the way Saturn's ...
Cassini plasma spectrometer resumes operations
(PhysOrg.com) -- The Cassini plasma spectrometer instrument (CAPS) aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn has resumed operations. Mission managers received confirmation on Friday, March 16, that it was ...
Space Image: Enceladus, Saturn's moon
(PhysOrg.com) -- Below a darkened Enceladus, a plume of water ice is backlit in this view of one of Saturn's most dramatic moons.
O, Pioneers! (part 2): The derelicts of space
Before the Pioneer 11 spacecraft could venture beyond our solar system, it had to pass through the rings of Saturn. At the time, the rings were not well characterized and some thought the spacecraft could ...
Oxygen discovered at Saturn's moon Dione
(PhysOrg.com) -- Dione, one of Saturns icy moons, has a weak exosphere which includes molecules of oxygen, according to new findings from the Cassini-Huygens mission.
New research points to erosional origin of linear dunes
Linear dunes, widespread on Earth and Saturn's moon, Titan, are generally considered to have been formed by deposits of windblown sand. It has been speculated for some time that some linear dunes may have ...
Image: Rhea before Titan
(PhysOrg.com) -- Craters appear well defined on icy Rhea in front of the hazy orb of the much larger moon Titan in this Cassini spacecraft view of these two Saturn moons.
Image: Saturn's rings and Enceladus
(PhysOrg.com) -- A crescent Enceladus appears with Saturns rings in this Cassini spacecraft view of the moon.
Image: Saturn and its moon Dione
(PhysOrg.com) -- Saturn and Dione appear askew in this Cassini spacecraft view, with the north poles rotated to the right, as if they were threaded along on the thin diagonal line of the planet's rings.
Looks like we’re still looking for earthly life forms on other planets
In late 2010, NASA set the Internet buzzing when it called a press conference to discuss an astrobiological finding that would impact the search for extraterrestrial life. Many speculated that some primitive ...
The Rings of Pluto?
Like other bodies in the outer Solar System, Pluto may have have rings orbiting it. Finding these rings could be important for the safety of NASA's New Horizons mission - currently en route to the tiny world.
Putting an airplane on a distant moon
(PhysOrg.com) -- In addition to its rivers, oceans, mountains, sand dunes and winds, Saturns moon Titan may someday share another similarity with Earth: airplanes.
Image: Closest Dione flyby
(PhysOrg.com) -- Flying past Saturn's moon Dione, Cassini captured this view which includes two smaller moons, Epimetheus and Prometheus, near the planet's rings.