Cassini mission

This is where NASA's Cassini took its final plunge before it met its end – See pic

This is where NASA's Cassini took its final plunge before it met its end – See pic

Mission scientists will examine the spacecraft's final observations in the coming weeks for new insights about Saturn.

Sep 16, 2017, 18:12 PM IST
Cassini gives Titan a 'goodbye kiss' as it takes a final glimpse of Saturn's giant moon

Cassini gives Titan a 'goodbye kiss' as it takes a final glimpse of Saturn's giant moon

On September 11, the spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan at 12:04 pm PDT (3:04 pm EDT), at an altitude of 73,974 miles (119,049 kilometers) above the moon's surface.

Sep 12, 2017, 11:37 AM IST
Cassini to perform death-plunge soon, NASA reminisces about the epic journey – Watch video

Cassini to perform death-plunge soon, NASA reminisces about the epic journey – Watch video

On September 15, 2017, Cassini will end its service and make a death-plunge into Saturn's atmosphere. 

Aug 30, 2017, 11:46 AM IST
Top of the world: NASA's Cassini delivers spectacular image of turbulent clouds on Saturn!

Top of the world: NASA's Cassini delivers spectacular image of turbulent clouds on Saturn!

Cassini's long mission at Saturn enabled the spacecraft to see the Sun rise over the north, revealing that region in great detail for the first time.

Aug 29, 2017, 19:07 PM IST
Cassini's Grand Finale: NASA spacecraft all set to commence final five orbits around Saturn

Cassini's Grand Finale: NASA spacecraft all set to commence final five orbits around Saturn

Cassini will make the first of these five passes over Saturn at 12:22 am EDT Monday, August 14.

Aug 10, 2017, 10:59 AM IST
NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals Saturn's magnetic field has no tilt and many more

NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals Saturn's magnetic field has no tilt and many more

The space probe, currently undergoing the final phase of its mission, known as the Grand Finale, has made some startling observations of the planet as it makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings.

Jul 25, 2017, 11:49 AM IST
Cassini's masterpiece: Saturn dazzles in the bright sunlight in NASA's new image! - See pic

Cassini's masterpiece: Saturn dazzles in the bright sunlight in NASA's new image! - See pic

The planet’s wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings are clearly visible and look gorgeous as the light glints off them.

Jul 10, 2017, 22:49 PM IST
NASA's Cassini peers through sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere

NASA's Cassini peers through sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere

As per NASA, the image was taken in green light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on March 31, 2017.

Jun 27, 2017, 11:33 AM IST
NASA's Cassini spots bright methane clouds, hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan

NASA's Cassini spots bright methane clouds, hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan

The image shows Cassini spoting bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.

Jun 16, 2017, 11:03 AM IST
Cassini reveals Saturn's moon 'Iapetus' is a world of contrast – See pic

Cassini reveals Saturn's moon 'Iapetus' is a world of contrast – See pic

Data from the Cassini mission has shown that Cassini Regio on Iapetus is covered in a layer of dark, dusty material creating a stark contrast to the much brighter region that surrounds it, which leads to the moon's distinctive, two-toned appearance. 

Jun 13, 2017, 09:59 AM IST
NASA's Cassini probe reveals Saturn's icy moon 'Enceladus' may have tipped over

NASA's Cassini probe reveals Saturn's icy moon 'Enceladus' may have tipped over

According to latest research from NASA's Cassini probe, the moon's spin axis - the line through the north and south poles - has reoriented, possibly due to a collision with a smaller body, such as an asteroid.

May 31, 2017, 11:44 AM IST
Cassini reaches new milestone as 'solstice' arrives at Saturn

Cassini reaches new milestone as 'solstice' arrives at Saturn

According to NASA, reaching the solstice, and observing seasonal changes in the Saturn system along the way, was a primary goal of Cassini's Solstice Mission - the name of Cassini's second extended mission.

May 25, 2017, 10:09 AM IST
Cassini spots 'bands of bright clouds' drifting across Saturn's moon Titan

Cassini spots 'bands of bright clouds' drifting across Saturn's moon Titan

On May 7, 2017, Cassini spacecraft captured this view of bands of bright, feathery methane clouds drifting across Saturn's Titan as it passed above the moon's surface.

May 10, 2017, 10:08 AM IST
NASA releases new video showing Cassini's first 'Grand Finale' dive over Saturn

NASA releases new video showing Cassini's first 'Grand Finale' dive over Saturn

NASA has released a new video taken by th spacecrfat as it swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings.

May 04, 2017, 10:56 AM IST
Cassini's Grand Finale – NASA probe poised to dive between Saturn and its rings for second time

Cassini's Grand Finale – NASA probe poised to dive between Saturn and its rings for second time

On Tuesday, May 2, at 3.38 p.m. EDT (1:a.m. Wednesday India Time), NASA's Cassini will shoot the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings for the second time in its Grand Finale.

May 02, 2017, 11:50 AM IST
Gateway to Grand Finale – NASA's cassini makes last and fateful close flyby with Saturn's moon 'Titan'

Gateway to Grand Finale – NASA's cassini makes last and fateful close flyby with Saturn's moon 'Titan'

On April 21 at 11:08 p.m. PDT (2:08 a.m. EDT on April 22), the spacecraft passed at an altitude of about 608 miles (979 kilometers) above the surface of Saturn's moon, beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.

Apr 25, 2017, 13:54 PM IST
NASA's Cassini probe set to embark on final chapter of its 20-year journey

NASA's Cassini probe set to embark on final chapter of its 20-year journey

On April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through the 2,400-kilometre gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the mission`s grand finale, NASA said.

Apr 05, 2017, 12:30 PM IST
NASA's Saturn probe reveals nitrogen bubbles creating fizzy patches on Titan's lakes and seas!

NASA's Saturn probe reveals nitrogen bubbles creating fizzy patches on Titan's lakes and seas!

The release of nitrogen, known as exsolution, can also occur when methane seas warm slightly during the changing seasons on Titan.

Mar 16, 2017, 13:22 PM IST
NASA's Cassini bids farewell to Saturn's icy moon 'Mimas' with stunning high-res mosaic – See pic

NASA's Cassini bids farewell to Saturn's icy moon 'Mimas' with stunning high-res mosaic – See pic

According to NASA, this mosaic, acquired at a distance of approximately 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) from Mimas, is one of the highest resolution views ever captured of the icy moon.

Mar 15, 2017, 10:06 AM IST
The warmth within: Cassini discovers heat beneath the icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus!

The warmth within: Cassini discovers heat beneath the icy surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus!

The finding agrees with the results of a 2016 study by a team independent of the Cassini mission that estimated the thickness of Enceladus' icy crust.

Mar 14, 2017, 09:44 AM IST