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Fresh Findings From Cassini

Polar Lights at Saturn Bid Cassini Farewell On Sept. 14, 2017, one day before making its final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft used its Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph, or UVIS, instrument to capture this final view of ultraviolet auroral ...

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Reconstructing Cassini’s Plunge into Saturn

Cassini versus Saturn (Illustration) As depicted in this illustration, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15, 2017. Using its attitude control thrusters, the spacecraft will work to keep its antenna pointed at Earth while it sends its final ...

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Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft

Cassini Over the Top (Illustration) This illustration shows Cassini above Saturn’s northern hemisphere prior to making one of its Grand Finale dives. During Cassini’s Grand Finale, the spacecraft will make 22 orbits around Saturn that carry the spacecraft over the ...

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Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan

Two Titans These two views of Saturn’s moon Titan exemplify how NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has revealed the surface of this fascinating world. Cassini carried several instruments to pierce the veil of hydrocarbon haze that enshrouds Titan. These include the spacecraft’s ...

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Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

This artist’s rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn’s upper atmosphere in August and September 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will enter new ...

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Rivers on three worlds tell different tales

Left to right: River networks on Mars, Earth, and Titan. Researchers report that Titan, like Mars but unlike Earth, has not undergone any active plate tectonics in its recent past. Image: Benjamin Black/NASA/Visible Earth/JPL/Cassini RADAR team. Adapted from images from ...

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An Ice World…With an Ocean?

A dramatic plume sprays water ice and vapor from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Cassini’s first hint of this plume came during the spacecraft’s first close flyby of the icy moon on February 17, 2005. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space ...

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