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July 29, 2015
Bright Basin on Tethys
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 29, 2015
With the expanded range of colors visible to Cassini's cameras, differences in materials and their textures become apparent that are subtle or unseen in natural color views. Here, the giant impact basin Odysseus on Saturn's moon Tethys stands out brightly from the rest of the illuminated icy crescent. This distinct coloration may result from differences in either the composition or structure of the terrain exposed by the giant impact. Odysseus (280 miles, or 450 kilometers, across) is one of ... read more
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'Bathtub Rings' Suggest Titan's Dynamic Seas
Saturn's moon, Titan, is the only object in the Solar System other than Earth known to have liquid on its surface. While most of the lakes are found around the poles, the dry regions near the equato ... more

Earth and Mars Could Share A Life History
While life is everywhere on Earth, there is much debate about how it began. Some believe it originated naturally from the chemistry found on our planet as it evolved. Others hypothesize that life - ... more

Barnacles Explain Life at the Extreme
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In December 2013, researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope announced they had found evidence of a water plume emanating from Europa's surface. The finding excited astrobiologists because this mo ... more
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Titan's atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought
Scientists at UCL have observed how a widespread polar wind is driving gas from the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. The team analysed data gathered over seven years by the international Cassini p ... more

Dissolving Titan
Saturn's moon Titan is home to seas and lakes filled with liquid hydrocarbons, but what makes the depressions they lie in? A new study suggests that the moon's surface dissolves in a similar process ... more
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Small thunderstorms may add up to massive cyclones on Saturn
For the last decade, astronomers have observed curious "hotspots" on Saturn's poles. In 2008, NASA's Cassini spacecraft beamed back close-up images of these hotspots, revealing them to be immense cy ... more

Saturn's Invisible Ring is Much Larger Than Scientists First Thought
Scientists have discovered that Saturn's Phoebe ring - the largest planetary ring known to mankind - is even larger than they once suspected, although they still can't see it with their own eyes. ... more

Saturn Spacecraft to Buzz Icy Moon Dione June 16
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make a close flyby of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16, coming within 321 miles (516 kilometers) of the moon's surface. The spacecraft will make its closest approach to ... more
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Cassini Sends Final Close Views of Odd Moon Hyperion
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has returned images from its final close approach to Saturn's oddball moon Hyperion, upholding the moon's reputation as one of the most bizarre objects in the solar system. ... more

Cassini to make final pass by Saturn's odd-shaped Hyperion moon
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Ether Compounds Could Work like DNA On Oily Worlds
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First Light of New Laser at Paranal
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Geochemical process on Saturn's moon linked to life's origin
New work from a team including Carnegie's Christopher Glein has revealed the pH of water spewing from a geyser-like plume on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Their findings are an important step toward dete ... more

Saturn's Faint D Ring
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