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Saturn's rings are back

(Phys.org) -- It's been nearly two years since NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had views like these of Saturn's glorious rings. These views are possible again because Cassini has changed the angle at which it orbits Saturn ...

dateJul 10, 2012 in Space Exploration
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An exoplanet orbiting a double star

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Kepler satellite, which has now reported the detection of 1781 candidate exoplanets (a planet around a star other than the sun), has also discovered that at least one of them orbits a double star. Each ...

dateOct 03, 2011 in Astronomy
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A long night falls over Saturn's rings

As Saturn's rings orbit the planet, a section is typically in the planet's shadow, experiencing a brief night lasting from 6 to 14 hours. However, once approximately every 15 years, night falls over the entire visible ring ...

dateOct 24, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Cassini Finishes Saturnian Doubleheader

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft completed its double flyby this week, swinging by Saturn's moons Titan and Dione with no maneuver in between. The spacecraft has beamed back stunning raw images of fractured terrain ...

dateApr 12, 2010 in Space Exploration
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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 be destroyed. Whatever ...

dateMar 06, 2012 in Space Exploration
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The Magical Mystery Tour

Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, has revealed intricate details of the gas giant planet and its moons -- but many mysteries remain.

dateMay 05, 2010 in Space Exploration
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