jun 012012
 
"Dusty Plasma"  Observed in Enceladus Plume Region?

  Recent findings from NASA’s Cassini mission reveal that Saturn’s geyser moon Enceladus provides a special laboratory for watching unusual behavior of plasma, or hot ionized gas. In these recent findings, some Cassini scientists think they have observed “dusty plasma,” a condition theorized but not previously observed on site, near Enceladus. This image is a [continue reading]

mrt 292012
 
Is it snowing microbes on Enceladus?

There’s a tiny moon orbiting beyond Saturn’s rings that’s full of promise, and maybe — just maybe — microbes. In a series of tantalizingly close flybys to the moon, named “Enceladus”,  NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has revealed watery jets erupting from what may be a vast underground sea. These jets, which spew through cracks in the [continue reading]

mrt 272012
 
Cassini makes simultaneous measurements of Saturn's nightside aurora and electric current system

Since the NASA / ESA Cassini-Huygens spacecraft arrived at Saturn in 2004, astronomers and space scientists have been able to study the ringed planet and its moons in great detail. Now, for the first time, a team of planetary scientists have made simultaneous measurements of Saturn’s nightside aurora, magnetic field, and associated charged particles. Together [continue reading]

mrt 262012
 
Probe to end mission in ring gap

The Cassini space probe will dive into the narrow gap between Saturn’s atmosphere and its innermost ring for the final leg of its mission in 2016. Cassini will carry out a series of “proximal orbits” between Saturn and its innermost ring Cassini has been orbiting Saturn from a distance – outside the ring system. The [continue reading]