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Listen to the sound of silence in Saturn orbit

The researchers behind NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn are relieved, and a bit mystified, to discover that the narrow gap between the giant planet and its rings is virtually devoid of stray particles. The discovery comes from the bus-sized Cassini … Continue reading

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Cassini probe survives dive inside Saturn rings

NASA’s Cassini orbiter zoomed inside Saturn’s rings overnight for the first time in its 20-year-long flight – and lived to tell about it. Signals received by the Deep Space Network’s Goldstone radio antenna in California confirmed that the bus-sized spacecraft survived its … Continue reading

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Hubble sees more signs of Europa’s water

Scientists say Europa, a mysterious moon of Jupiter, has shown fresh signs of watery plumes that may hint at a habitable environment beneath the ice. Last year, the Hubble Space Telescope picked up observations of what appeared to be a plume … Continue reading

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Enceladus shows signs of hydrothermal vents

Scientists have detected molecules of hydrogen in plumes of watery material erupting from cracks in the ice of Enceladus, a moon of Saturn – and that suggests an ocean beneath the ice has hydrothermal vents that just might be capable … Continue reading

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UFO? No, it’s Pan, a weird moon of Saturn

Astronomers have long known that Pan, one of the “shepherd moons” in Saturn’s rings, had a weird shape. But it took this week’s high-resolution images from the Cassini orbiter to show them just how weird. Cassini got its closest look … Continue reading

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