Posts from the ‘saturn’ Category

jtotheizzoe:

Seriously, Cassini … you need to stop taking such amazing pictures and let some of the other satellites have some fun.

The rings of Saturn are framed by the moons Titan (rear) and the smaller Dione (front). 

(via NASA/JPL and Space.com)

So much going on,this is great!

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We seem to be really close to finding some sort of life on these large moons. Strengthening this possibility is recent evidence that Saturn’s moon Titan “squishes” due to Saturn’s gravitational pull. Hard material like rock wouldn’t have as much of a squish (reported to be about 10m), and the denseness of water would put it under the relatively light ethane and methane lakes on the surface.

Strong evidence for ocean in Titan

the-star-stuff:

NASA finds hidden ocean on Saturn’s moon Titan

Using incredibly precise measurements from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, researchers have concluded that Saturn’s biggest moon is likely hiding a global, sub-surface water ocean, 100 km beneath its surface.

Cassini has flown by Titan more than 80 times since entering Saturn’s orbit in 2004, and its observations have confirmed that, as moons go, Titan is a weird one. It’s bigger than the planet Mercury. It’s the only moon with a real atmosphere (an atmosphere denser than Earth’s, in fact). It experiences Earthlike weather, such as rain and snow. It’s home to familiar geological features like valleys, plains and deserts — and it’s the only known object besides Earth with standing bodies of liquid.

The researchers’ findings are published in the latest issue of Science