NASA Finds Water Ocean Inside Saturn Moon

NASA has found a subterranean ocean in Enceladus, "a large underground ocean of liquid water." According to the space agency, this may be a potential home to extraterrestrial life. Enceladus was out of the list of potential life harbours in the solar system until now, the other major candidates being Titan and Europa. Read More >>

An Extraordinary Video of Saturn Setting on the Moon

Colin Legg caught something amazing on camera just a few days ago. In the cobalt-coloured sky above Australia, this amateur astrophotographer managed to capture the exact moment that the moon passed in front of Saturn. Read More >>

This is NASA's New Giant Crawler For its Next-Generation Spaceship

Things keep moving at Florida's Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the first mission of NASA's Space Launch System and its Orion spacecraft in 2017. The crawler-transporter just passed the "first phase of an important milestone test". Read More >>

There's More to This Image of Saturn Than Meets the Eye

Although it might look like a lot of the other images you've seen of Saturn, there's far more to this picture than meets the eye. Read More >>

5 Crazy Places We Can Go Looking for Diamonds

Hold on to your engagement rings. Diamonds, according to an industry report, are falling off a supply cliff in 2018. As existing diamond mines are depleted even as worldwide demand increases—thanks, especially to a newly rich Asia—three months wages might soon buy you a much punier rock. Read More >>

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Just Look at What Saturn's Moons do to its Rings

Saturn's moons do more than just orbit the planet: they interact with its rings, too. In this image, you can see the moon Prometheus' gravitational field gently sculpting the planet's F ring. Read More >>

The Most Beautiful Photo of Saturn You've Ever Seen

The first time you see this latest picture of Saturn, you'll probably think it's fake. The rings are too perfectly round. The swirling surface of the planet is too smooth. The shadows are too sharp. But it's all real, thanks to the Cassini spacecraft and a Croatian software developer with too much time on his hands.
The image you see below is a brilliant, high definition composite of images that Cassini took when it flew by Saturn on October 10. The 36 shots amounted to 12 taken with a green filter, 12 with blue and 12 with red to approximate true colour. It does better than approximate. In the days that followed, Gordan Ugarkovic, the aforementioned Croatian software developer, pieced the 36 images into one massive 4000 x 3200 pixel mosaic, and since he's tinkered with space images before, Ugarkovic does a great job smoothing out the seams: Read More >>

It's Raining Diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter

We're a little late to the party on this one, but it's just too fascinating to pass up. A team of planetary scientists recently claimed that the mix of methane, carbon and lightning in Saturn's atmosphere is causing diamonds to be forged in the planet's atmosphere. Like, a lot of diamonds. Read More >>

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Two Moons That Pass in the Night

This image shows the rare sight of Saturn's moons Mimas and Pandora aligning in the night sky — and they couldn't look more different. Read More >>

Thousands of Images of Saturn Make For One Amazing Stop Motion Film

It took two decades of brilliant engineering to get the Cassini probe to Saturn, and the images this little 'bot has sent back are the stuff of science fiction. But in the hands of filmmaker Fabio di Donato, they look more like a silent film from the 1920s. Read More >>

What Life on Earth Would Look Like If It Had Rings Like Saturn

Every so often when the Moon is especially ginormous or we can see Venus or Mars from Earth, humans collectively freak out. So cool three-exclamation-points, we scream. Look how big with thirty i's, we yell. And it's warranted! Seeing things that don't belong in the sky pop up, well, in the sky is fun. So could you imagine if one day Earth developed rings like Saturn? It would be insane. Read More >>

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This Picture of Saturn's Moon, Enceladus, Is Simply Beautiful

You're looking at Enceladus, the sixth-largest of the moons of Saturn, as pictured by Cassini. Measuring 313 miles across, here it is illuminated by light reflected off Saturn. The simplicity of the picture is what makes it so charming: the deep black evokes a sense of endlessness that makes me realise just how much there is out there. Don't get lonely, Enceladus. [NASA] Read More >>

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Saturn's Harrowing Hurricane Is Even More Terrifying in Technicolour

Cassini shot the picture with special spectral filters that can detect the subtleties of wavelengths of near-infrared light. NASA then false-coloured the vortex based on those tiny changes, invisible to the human eye. The result is this stunner, where the deep reds represent lower clouds, and the greens are ones that sit a bit higher. Read More >>

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Can You Find Venus Hiding Inside Saturn's Rings?

If you're looking at the picture above and now checking your screen to see if you have a dead pixel, don't worry, you don't. That's just Venus hiding through Saturn's rings. Taken by the Cassini, Earth's twin planet looks like a blinding white speck of dust. Read More >>

Inside NASA’s Mysterious Rubber Room

Ever since learning about the Rubber Room and Blast Room deep below launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center I had been hopeful that I would one day get to photograph this mysterious remnant of the Apollo Program. I had seen very few photos of this room online and by talking to friends at KSC I seemed to have confirmed that access to this underground bunker had been very limited over the years. Read More >>

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The Dark Side of Saturn

Do not adjust your monitors. Saturn hasn't suddenly changed colour; it's just that Cassini's latest shot of the ringed planet was taken in such low-light conditions that you're looking at more than just the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Read More >>


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