Launched in 1997, NASA’s Cassini mission was designed to orbit Saturn, studying the planet’s rings, icy moons, and general composition. During its 13 years of circling, it also discovered bizarre storms at the planet’s north pole, mini-moons orbiting between the rings, and plumes of water ice spewing from its moon Enceladus. Oh, and its largest moon, Titan, turned out to be dotted with lakes of methane and covered in a thick orange haze—yet might nevertheless be habitable. Named for the Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini, who discovered four of the moons and the gaps in Saturn’s rings, the craft vaporized in Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15, 2017. Before it died, it sent back nearly half a million photos of many earthlings’ favorite member of the solar system. Let’s take a look at some of these images.
- Satellite-based data: ‘Space technology can help overcome water crisIs’
- This Japaese astronut grew an alarming amount during a recent space mission
- The real-life Martian! Former Norwich botanist to launch science experiment into space from Kennedy Space Centre
- Japanese astronaut worried after growing 9cm in space
- NASA album launched into space and meant for aliens to be released for public
- Top 7 trends at New York Fashion Week
- Design hacks for small spaces on any budget
- From the Space Station to Norwich: NASA astronaut to visit UEA
- The Kardashians might just be shooting in space soon
- China and Russia developing ‘destructive’ weapons for space conflict, warns US
Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Sojourn Around Saturn have 247 words, post on www.wired.com at September 21, 2019. This is cached page on IT Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.