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Our Last Stunning Close-Up of Saturn’s ‘Death Star Moon’ 

Saturn’s mysterious moon Mimas is a fan favourite for obvious reasons — the heavily cratered world looks eerily similar to the Death Star from Star Wars. The moon’s iconic Herschel Crater, at roughly 81 miles across, makes it a dead ringer for George Lucas’ iconic weapon of mass destruction. Read More >>

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New Up-Close Images of Saturn’s Tiny Moon Prove It’s a Dumpling

Since it launched in 1997, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been giving us unprecedented views of Saturn and its (many) moons. But this week, the intrepid orbiter outdid itself by capturing some adorable images of Saturn’s tiny moon, Pan. In Greek mythology, Pan was the god of shepherds, which is appropriate considering the clingy world acts as a “shepherd moon” of Saturn, clearing out the 200 mile-wide Encke Gap within the gas giant’s A Ring. Read More >>

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These Ultra Close-Up Images of Saturn’s Rings Are Mind-Blowing

Though NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is sadly nearing the end of its mission, the brave li'l orbiter is putting on quite the grand finale. Cassini, which is currently in its ring-grazing phase around Saturn, has just sent back some stunning images of the gas giant’s many rings. Read More >>

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Cassini Just Gave us A Rare Look at Saturn’s ‘Wavemaker’ Moon

Saturn’s tiny moon friend, Daphnis, is finally getting its close-up. In a stunning new image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, the elusive moon can be seen peeking out from within the Keeler gap of Saturn’s rings. According to NASA, the image was taken in visible (green) light by Cassini’s narrow-angle camera. Read More >>

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This Is Our Best Look Yet At Saturn’s Moon Pandora

Pandora is one of Saturn’s many baby moons, far too runty to form a sphere under its own gravity. Instead, this 52-mile across space rock looks more like a fossilised glob of putty in closest image ever captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Read More >>

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Our Next Trip to Saturn Will Be to Search For Alien Life

As the Cassini spacecraft executes its final daredevil manoeuvres, scientists on both sides of the Atlantic are already thinking about the next mission to Saturn. But this time around, nobody’s talking about studying the gas giant itself. They’re talking about hunting for life in Saturn’s rings. Read More >>

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These Are the First Glorious Images From Cassini’s Ring-Grazing Orbits

Last week, the Cassini spacecraft began a series of dramatic, “ring-grazing orbits” that will see it fly high over Saturn’s poles before diving perilously close to the gas giant’s rings. Now, NASA has received back the first images from this exciting chapter in Cassini’s last year of life—and they do not disappoint. Read More >>

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Watching the Clouds Move on Titan Is Freaky as Hell

Watching clouds float by is usually a serene, relaxing experience. Watching methane clouds float by on Saturn’s moon Titan, however, is not. Read More >>

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Saturn Looks Magnificent From Above

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has given us some incredible images of Saturn, and its latest gift is no exception. Taken from above, the black-and-white photo makes the Ringed Planet look like a peaceful orb enclosed by its belted friends. Read More >>

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Smart People Figured Out What’s Carving the Deep Canyons on Saturn’s Moon

A network of dark canyons lines Saturn’s moon, Titan, but just what’s inside those trenches has remained mysterious—until now. Researchers just confirmed that those canyons are flowing with liquid methane. Read More >>

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Saturn’s Moon Titan is Looking Even More Earth-Like

The Cassini mission is sending us better and better data and images of just what’s happening on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. And it’s beginning to look awfully familiar... Read More >>

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Why on Earth Are Saturn’s Rings Crossing Each Other?

If this feels like an optical illusion, your Saturn sense is dead on. The gas giant’s rings don’t crisscross at 90 degree angles. They do, however, cast shadows, a fact which the latest shot from the Cassini spacecraft illustrates beautifully. Read More >>

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Some of Saturn’s Dust Comes From Beyond Our Solar System 

Many of the particles that surround Saturn come from active jets on the surface of its moon Enceladus. But NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was able to nab a few microscopic grains with much stranger origins. Read More >>

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How Astronomers Are Going to Find Planet Nine

Ten years ago, billions of humans had their worldview upended when a group of astronomers announced that the solar system only contains eight planets. Now, the same guys are trying to rewrite our childhood mnemonics once again. A ninth planet may exist after all, and it isn’t Pluto. Read More >>

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There’s a Giant Ice Mountain on Saturn’s Largest Moon

If and when the space tourism industry takes off, Saturn’s moon Titan ought to be one our first destinations—especially after all of the glorious images released by NASA’s Cassini team this week. Several new infrared composites of the icy moon allow us to peer beneath its smothering haze. And if you squint a little, you can see something amazing on the surface. Read More >>