Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/07/22 09:09 CDT
The Saturn system is always in motion, always changing. Saturn itself is a gas giant, with swirling storms, and like the other gas giants it has a host of moons flying around, perturbing each other's motions. And then there's the rings.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/19 01:05 CDT
Every time I think Cassini has captured the coolest image of Enceladus ever, it does better.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/18 05:48 CDT
Cassini flew within 436 kilometers of Enceladus' surface today. Although it's Cassini's 11th targeted flyby of Enceladus, these close buzzes are never routine.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/13 02:26 CDT
Every time Cassini gets reasonably close to one of the moons of Saturn, whether the close approach is a targeted one or just an opportunistic encounter, its planners usually take advantage of the proximity to take a bunch of photos.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/12 02:30 CDT
A good start to my day today: The New York Times' Lens Blog featured the "Martian Moment in Time" photo that Opportunity took last week in a really nice writeup. I'm so grateful, and still a little surprised, that the folks on the Mars Exploration Rover mission took this idea and ran with it!
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/11 04:53 CDT
Wow, this is a cool paper. Here's the gist: the Cassini RADAR team has spotted some river channels on Titan that shine so brightly in radar images, there must be something special going on to explain that brightness.
A lot of readers have expressed interest in the origin of Saturn's north polar hexagon. The hexagon is a long-lived pattern in the clouds surrounding Saturn's north pole, which has been observed since the Voyagers passed by in 1980 and 1981.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/22 05:29 CDT
Here's a new lovely color composition of Titan and Dione captured by Cassini. This one was taken on April 20, 2010; a set of 15 raw images taken of the two moons just showed up on the Cassini raw images website.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/04/08 12:39 CDT
The Cassini Saturn orbiter just completed its second very close flyby of Saturn's mid-sized iceball moon Dione, and the images from that encounter have been streaming onto the Cassini raw images website this morning.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/29 05:19 CDT
This new map of Saturn's moon Mimas -- representing data captured by the CIRS thermal infrared spectrometer during Cassini's February 13, 2010 flyby -- is just baffling.