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Super Swooper: Cassini wraps up its lowest pass through Titan atmosphere

Super Swooper: Cassini wraps up its lowest pass through Titan atmosphere

Julie Webster On Sunday evening, my eyes were glued to eight windows on my computer screen, watching data pop up every few seconds. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was making its lowest swing through the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan and I was on the edge of my seat. Trina Ray, a Titan orbiter science team co-chair, [...]

Cassini to Swing Low Into Titan’s Atmosphere

Cassini to Swing Low Into Titan’s Atmosphere

César Bertucci This weekend, Cassini will embark on an exciting mission: trying to establish if Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, possesses a magnetic field of its own. This is important for understanding the moon’s interior and geochemical evolution. For Titan scientists, this is one of the most anticipated flybys of the whole mission. We want to [...]

Smooth Sailing by Rhea and Helene

Smooth Sailing by Rhea and Helene

Amanda Hendrix Cassini’s closest-ever flyby of Saturn’s moon Rhea went quite smoothly and teams are busy checking out their data! These flybys never fail to amaze me. And the raw images — which give us an unprocessed first look — are really cool! Raw image N00152150 gives us a view of part of the bright, [...]

Road-Tripping to Rhea with Cassini

Road-Tripping to Rhea with Cassini

Amanda Hendrix Here in Cassini-land, we are really excited about Tuesday’s Rhea flyby! This will be the mission’s second targeted flyby of the moon in the mission, so it’s sometimes referred to as R-2 or Rhea-2. The spacecraft will fly by Rhea at an altitude of about 100 kilometers (60 miles), the closest encounter yet [...]

400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Discovery

400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Discovery

Jane Houston Jones The end of 1609 and the first months of 1610 mark the beginning of modern astronomy. 400 years ago today, January 7th, Galileo Galilei looked up towards the constellation Orion. He aimed his telescope at an object brighter than any of the surrounding stars – the planet Jupiter. The view through his [...]

Over the Hills and through the Sand: Six Years of Driving on Mars

Over the Hills and through the Sand: Six Years of Driving on Mars

John Wright I almost didn’t get to drive the rovers. As one of the five developers of the software used to build the command sequences and rehearse and visualize the rover activities, I really wanted to be one of the people using it in flight. Unfortunately, only three members of the team were selected to [...]

2012 – A Scientific Reality Check

2012 – A Scientific Reality Check

Donald Yeomans There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not [...]

2012 – A Scientific Reality Check

2012 – A Scientific Reality Check

Donald Yeomans There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not [...]

2012 – A Scientific Realty Check

2012 – A Scientific Realty Check

Donald Yeomans There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not [...]

Cassini’s Swoop over Enceladus: First Morsels of Science Coming Back Now

Cassini’s Swoop over Enceladus: First Morsels of Science Coming Back Now

Bonnie J. Buratti Phew! We made it through the deepest swoop yet down into the plume of Enceladus, the encounter we call “E7″ because it’s the seventh targeted flyby of Enceladus. But now we have our work cut out for the next few weeks as we pore over the data, painstakingly analyzing every signal to [...]

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