The "Grand Finale" To Cassini's Tour of Saturn Sounds Pretty Damn Epic

On Monday, NASA's Cassini probe celebrated ten years of Saturnian exploration – a decade of stunning images and insights about the planet and its moons. But in late 2016, Cassini will begin the dramatic final phase of its mission – a newly annointed "Grand Finale" that will culminate with an intentional dive into… » 7/02/14 11:45am 7/02/14 11:45am

Putting an age on Saturn's ring system

When, exactly, Saturn acquired its iconic ring-system is a longstanding point of debate among planetary scientists. Some maintain the structures formed relatively recently, while others argue they formed long ago. Now, newly collected data suggest the rings likely formed 4.4-billion years ago, lending strong support… » 12/13/13 9:30am 12/13/13 9:30am

Humanity waves at Saturn as Cassini snaps historic pic

Late last month, the Cassini spacecraft captured a remarkable photograph of the Earth and Moon as seen from Saturn. The event coincided with a project called "The Day The Earth Smiled" in which participants from 40 countries took photos of themselves waving at the ringed planet. The results have now been assembled… » 8/22/13 6:30am 8/22/13 6:30am