No team of reindeer, but radio signals flying clear across the solar system from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have delivered a holiday package of glorious images. The pictures, from Cassini’s imaging team, show Saturn’s largest, most colorful ornament, Titan, and other icy baubles in orbit around this splendid planet.
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Saturn’s moon Enceladus shows its icy face and famous plumes in raw, unprocessed images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during its successful flyby on Nov. 6, 2011.
With the artistry of a magazine cover shoot, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this portrait of five of Saturn’s moons poised along the planet’s rings.
For all the world, it looks like a sponge in extreme close-up in a darkened room.
But this astonishing image taken by Nasa’s Cassini probe actually shows one of Saturn’s moons.
One of 62 confirmed moons circling the ringed planet, Hyperion is dotted with huge, deep craters that have astronomers buzzing.
The battered and pockmarked surface of Saturn’s moon Rhea was revealed by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which made its closest flyby of the moon this week.
A new image of Saturn shows a huge storm seen previously by amateur astronomers.
Storms on the gas giant planet Saturn are common. This storm, in the ringed planet’s southern hemisphere, was photographed by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft Friday; the image was released today (Dec. 27).
Newly released for the holidays, images of Saturn’s second largest moon Rhea obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft show dramatic views of fractures cutting through craters on the moon’s surface, revealing a history of tectonic rumbling. The images are among the highest-resolution views ever obtained of Rhea.
Saturn’s enigmatic moon Titan has turned out to be an unexpected treasure trove of Earth-like landscapes and bizarre weather systems – and there are even tantalising hints of a vast and warm underground sea sloshing inside.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will be making its close flyby of the northern hemisphere of Saturn’s moon Enceladus today, Monday, Dec. 20. The closest approach will take place at 5:08 PM PST (8:08 EST) on Dec. 20, or 1:08 AM UTC on Dec. 21. The spacecraft will zip by at an altitude of about 48 kilometers (30 miles) above the icy moon’s surface.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft successfully dipped near the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus on Nov. 30. Though Cassini’s closest approach took it to within about 48 kilometers (30 miles) of the moon’s northern hemisphere, the spacecraft also captured shadowy images of the tortured south polar terrain and the brilliant jets that spray out from it.
Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., expect the Cassini spacecraft will resume normal operations on Nov. 24. They have traced the steps taken by an onboard computer before Cassini put itself in precautionary “safe mode” last week.
Scientists were tantalized when the Cassini spacecraft discovered molecules in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan that were too big for its onboard instruments to analyze.
Taking a long-weekend road trip, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft successfully glided near nine Saturnian moons, sending back a stream of raw images as mementos of its adrenaline-fueled expedition. The spacecraft sent back particularly intriguing images of the moons Dione and Rhea.
A new movie and images showing Saturn’s shimmering aurora over a two-day period are helping scientists understand what drives some of the solar system’s most impressive light shows.
Saturn’s 62 moons range from overgrown rocks that are less than a half-mile wide to giant Titan, which is bigger than the planet Mercury. These pictures from the Cassini orbiter show off two “quartets” of moons against the backdrop of Saturn’s rings.
Cruising past Saturn’s moon Dione this past weekend, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft got its best look yet at the north polar region of this small, icy moon and returned stark raw images of the fractured, cratered surface.
It’s been a year since Saturn’s equinox, but the pictures from that magical moment are still being processed and shared by the imaging team for the Cassini spacecraft. The latest image, based on data acquired in July 2009 from a distance of 1.3 million miles, shows the shadows from Saturn’s gossamer rings falling on the planet’s disk as a single narrow band.
The latest batch of pictures from the Cassini orbiter provides provocative new views of Saturn’s moons – including some fresh looks at Enceladus, a moon that has geysers of frost spouting up from cracks in its icy shell.
Until this week Saturn’s small moon Rhea was the only known solid space object thought to have a ring. (Other known ringed bodies, such as Saturn, are mainly gaseous.)
But a new study of optical images has failed to detect any signs of structures encircling the natural satellite.