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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

Mountain range on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2006

A couple of weeks ago there were press releases coming out of the American Geophysical Union meeting about the discovery of a "massive mountain range" on Titan.

CIRS gets another view of Enceladus' south polar hot spot

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2006

There's a new image product released from the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini, an instrument that is capable of measuring the temperatures on the extremely cold surfaces of Saturn's moons and rings.

Saturn from above

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2006

Ever since I first read about the plans for Cassini's tour of the Saturn system I've been looking forward to the current phase of the mission.

Breaking a tie on the Cassini science teams

Emily Lakdawalla • December 15, 2006

This week's Cassini Project Update was particularly interesting, because it contained a story about how a difficult decision was made regarding the prioritizing of different science teams' desires for an upcoming Titan flyby.

Cassini VIMS and RADAR: a cryovolcano on Titan?

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2006

Yesterday, the VIMS team released several images from Cassini's "T20" flyby of Titan, which took place on October 20.

New names for Enceladus' features

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2006

The IAU has just approved new names for 35 craters, dorsa, fossae, and sulci on the surface of Enceladus, based upon Cassini's high-resolution mapping of the little moon. What are dorsa, fossae, and sulci, you might ask?

Cassini's view from the backside of Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2006

Over time, Cassini's orbit apoapsis—the point on the orbit that is farthest from Saturn—has been shifting slowly toward Saturn's night side. Lately, this point of view has resulted in some truly lovely photos of the planet.

They released the entire Cassini RADAR swath across Xanadu!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2006

Following immediately on the heels of the release of the "T7" swath to the Planetary Data System, the Cassini RADAR team has delivered more: yesterday they released the entire "T13" swath, acquired in April, to the public.

Cassini's T7 RADAR view of southern Titan; northern swath coming soon

Emily Lakdawalla • July 17, 2006

Cassini's T7 flyby of Titan occurred on September 7, 2005. They've now released the full swath of RADAR image data to the Planetary Data System; here it is for your enjoyment.

The official publication on the second Titan RADAR swath is out

Emily Lakdawalla • June 07, 2006

Today Nature published an article titled "Titan Radar Mapper observations from Cassini's T3 fly-by."

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