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Astronomers think they might finally know where Saturn’s rings came from

December 20th, 2017

Of all the planets in our Solar System, Saturn is probably the most instantly-recognizable. Its massive, sweeping rings are unmistakable and striking, but where exactly did they come from? Scientists have tossed ideas around and debated the possibilities for a long, long time, but data from the late Cassini spacecraft might finally put the issue …

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Russian billionaire wants to beat NASA in the search for alien life, and he’s moving forward with his plan

November 23rd, 2017

If you’ve been paying attention to the scientific search for extraterrestrial life you’ll already know that in recent months the frosty Saturn moon Enceladus is looking mighty tempting. The ice-covered ocean world has a steamy hot center and plenty of life-giving water hidden beneath its thick layer of ice, and researchers have determined that if …

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Something very weird is happening on Saturn’s moon Titan

November 22nd, 2017

Thanks to the efforts of NASA and its incredibly reliable Cassini spacecraft, we now know more about Saturn and its moons than ever before, but it seems there are still some surprises in store for scientists studying the planet and its natural satellites. New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has revealed an …

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Saturn’s frosty ocean moon Enceladus might actually support life

November 7th, 2017

Mankind has sent fancy robots and probes to a whole bunch of our nearest planetary neighbors and found nothing to suggest life exists (or ever existed) on them, but if you’ve given up hope that humanity would find extraterrestrial life in our very own Solar System, you might want to rethink that. A new study …

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WTF is floating around Saturn?

October 18th, 2017

NASA Cassini spacecraft performed its final, fateful dive into Saturn several weeks ago, destroying itself in the planet’s atmosphere and ending an incredible mission that spanned nearly two full decades. Today, even though its mechanical body has been vaporized, the information it sent back during its time in orbit continues to surprise scientists. The most …

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on its death dive, and you can track it live

September 13th, 2017

It’s been NASA’s plan for months, but now that it’s here it’s an incredibly bittersweet moment: Cassini, the spacecraft which has sent back some jaw-dropping images and data from Saturn, is currently making its final plunge towards the planet, and it won’t survive the trip. Bringing an end to its epic 13-year mission, the reliable …