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LPSC: Thursday: The Moons of Jupiter and the future of Outer Planet Exploration
I said earlier I was going to cover the poster sessions next, and there are some cool things that I want to write about, but I thought I'd better get to something a bit more topical a bit sooner: Europa and the other Galilean satellites, and when (if!?) we'll be exploring them again.
LPSC: Wednesday afternoon: Cassini at Enceladus
So after those two rover talks I skipped over to the other large room to listen to what the Cassini science teams had to say about Enceladus.
LPSC, Wednesday morning: Titan
This morning at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference began with Titan, and then later in the morning I had to choose between skipping Titan and going over to rover sessions, or staying with Titan. I elected to stay with Titan.
The hubbub about Enceladus
I just posted a very brief story about all of the press releases that have been whizzing around today about the possibility of liquid water on Enceladus.
Cassini is wrapping up another Titan flyby
This one is
Many, many views of Saturn's moons
Another thing I've been trying to catch up on is the daily imaging activities of Cassini, but that, too, has been tough because Cassini has been taking so dang many pictures!
The Orbital Dance of Epimetheus and Janus
Saturn is surrounded by a crowded family of rings and moons, and two of those moons -- Epimetheus and Janus -- orbit Saturn so close together that it seems as though their different orbital speeds should make them crash into each other.
Cassini, Day By Day
I've just resurrected a feature on the site that has been lost since our redesign: the
Pretty Cassini pictures from near the ring plane
It's been a while since I posted some Cassini pictures here just because they were pretty.
Analyzing the first published Huygens results
I am working my way steadily through the seven Huygens papers that were released by Nature magazine Wednesday on their
Cassini Photographs the Fountains of Enceladus (and gets pics of Tethys, Janus, Epimetheus, and the G ring too)
Emily tackles this morning's ESA press conference about Huygens.
An update on the Huygens Doppler Wind Experiment
While I was at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting in Cambridge in September I had a chance to chat with David Atkinson, who's a member of the Doppler Wind Experiment team on Huygens. They and the other instrument teams have been plugging away at analyzing their data.
Cassini Poised to Pinpoint Huygens' Landing Site At Last
I've just posted a very brief update on the upcoming Titan flyby, which will be the first to include RADAR imaging across the Huygens landing site.
A way-cool Cassini picture: rings, Titan, Dione, Prometheus
I just noticed this picture on the Cassini raw images website. I love these
Animation from Cassini's approach to Dione
The images from Cassini's Dione encounter yesterday have started coming back, and there is a really cool set of 16 pictures of Dione and Rhea.
Dione encounter today
Cassini is already on its way in to a close, 500-kilometer encounter with Dione -- it's less than four hours away now, at 17:52 UTC.
Hyperion in color
Here is a gorgeous color mosaic of Hyperion assembled by amateur image processor Mattias Malmer from images from the recent flyby.
A new Cassini data release to the Planetary Data System
Yesterday, this quarter's release of Cassini data showed up at the Planetary Data System (PDS). The PDS is the public repository for all of NASA's data.
Amazing views of Hyperion
I've finally worked my way through all of the Hyperion images that were returned from the last flyby. It's a wonderful data set.
Modest scopes could help with the Hyperion observations
I got an email last night from Anne Verbiscer, whom I had contacted about rounding up some amateur astronomers to help the Cassini mission with some photometric observations of Hyperion.