Enceladus

Cassini Spacecraft Confirms Subsurface Ocean on Enceladus

by Nancy Atkinson April 3, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Ever since the Cassini spacecraft first spied water vapor and ice spewing from fractures in Enceladus’ frozen surface in 2005, scientists have hypothesized that a large reservoir of water lies beneath that icy surface, possibly fueling the plumes. Now, gravity measurements […]

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What Are Cassini’s Most Interesting Discoveries?

by Fraser Cain January 10, 2014

We recently interviewed Dr. Kevin Grazier, on of the scientist who has worked extensively on the Cassini mission. Here’s what he had to tell us about that mission’s discoveries. “My name is Kevin Grazier. I am a planetary scientist, and for my research I do long-term integrations or simulations of early solar system evolution. I’m […]

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Happy Holidays from Cassini!

by Jason Major December 23, 2013

Cassini couldn’t make it to the mall this year to do any Christmas shopping but that’s ok: we’re all getting something even better in our stockings than anything store-bought! To celebrate the holiday season the Cassini team has shared some truly incredible images of Saturn and some of its many moons for the world to […]

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Where Did Saturn’s Rings Come From?

by Fraser Cain December 19, 2013

Dr. Kevin Grazier was a planetary scientist with the Cassini mission for over 15 years, studying Saturn and its icy rings. He was also the science advisor for Battlestar Galactica, Eureka and the movie Gravity. Mike Brown is a professor of planetary astronomy at Caltech. He’s best known as the man who killed Pluto, thanks […]

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Hubble Discovers Water Plumes Erupting from Europa

by Jason Major December 12, 2013

It’s been known since 2005 that Saturn’s 300-mile-wide moon Enceladus has geysers spewing ice and dust out into orbit from deep troughs that rake across its south pole. Now, thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope (after 23 years still going strong) we know of another moon with similar jets: Europa, the ever-enigmatic ice-shelled moon of […]

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