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February 24, 2013
Cassini Still Going Strong Investigating Saturn's Moons
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NASA's longstanding Cassini mission to Saturn continues to provide scientists with exciting new insights on moons Titan and Enceladus as well as the planet's striking rings, Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Amanda R. Hendrix reported at a conference last week. "Cassini, our emissary in the Saturn system since 2004, and the only spacecraft in orbit in the outer solar system, is still going strong," said Hendrix, who spoke today on "The Organic Lakes of Titan and Other Moons of Saturn" a ... read more
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