Cassini’s Saturn research continues


This video from the USA says about itself:

Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.

From New Scientist today:

The Cassini probe will become the first spacecraft to get a detailed look at summer in Saturn‘s northern hemisphere, now that NASA has extended its mission until 2017.

Cassini arrived at Saturn in 2004, shortly after the height of winter in the northern hemisphere. But since the Ringed Planet‘s year lasts 29 Earth years, it has never been able to witness the hemisphere’s more temperate months.

Now its current mission, which was set to end in September 2010, will be extended for a further seven years, taking it a few months past the northern summer solstice. The announcement comes after the White House revealed its proposed 2011 budget for the agency, which provides $60 million per year for Cassini’s extended mission.

Cassini spacecraft peers beneath Titan’s seas: here.

Cassini fits four Saturnian satellites in one frame: here.

Cassini detection adds to Enceladus liquid water story: here.

Evidence Mounts for Liquid Water on Enceladus: here.

Saturn moon Enceladus is snowy, forms perfect skiing powder, scientists report: here.

400 years of Saturn’s rings: here.

Saturn moon loses its ring, gains a mystery: here.

Glowing auroras ring Saturn: New movie documents lights over nearly two days on the planet: here.

Plumes from Saturn’s Enceladus may be carbonated: here.

Saturn’s Largest Moon Has Ingredients for Life? Here.

A humbling view of the inner solar system from Saturn via Cassini: here.

Saturn’s rings explained: A shattered moon could have sprayed ice particles around the planet: here.

Water from a Saturnian Moon Rains Down on the Ringed Planet: here.

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    The shuttle programme, which is to be wound up next year, employs about 8,700 contractors, down from 12,000 personnel in October 2008.

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