The Last Year of Cassini

Julia Mariani

After over 12 years studying Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begins its intrepid finale: a yearlong two-part mission. Before we reach the end of Cassini’s voyage in September 2017, the spacecraft is scheduled to complete two missions: The F-ring orbits and the Grand Finale. The F Ring Orbits  Cassini will venture […]

NASA’s New Frontiers’ Race Just Received Two Major Nominees

Julia Mariani

Titan and Enceladus, two of Saturn’s potentially habitable moons, were added as possibilities to NASA’s next billion-dollar planetary exploration mission, the New Frontiers program. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, qualifies as one of the few Earth-like worlds in our solar system.  Titan’s surface pressure measures slightly greater than Earth, with a […]

Life on Enceladus?

Julia Mariani

On April 3rd, 2014, NASA announced Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, most likely harbors liquid water beneath its 19-25 ft icy crust. The water’s confirmed location is situated near the south pole of Enceladus. Just how much water is there? Researchers estimate at least as much as Lake Superior here on Earth. […]

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