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]

mrt 032012
 
Oxygen detected in atmosphere of Saturn’s Moon Dione

Discovery could mean ingredients for life are abundant on icy space bodies Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and an international research team have announced discovery of molecular oxygen ions (O2+) in the upper-most atmosphere of Dione, one of the 62 known moons orbiting the ringed planet. The research appeared recently in Geophysical Research Letters and [continue reading]