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  3. Cassini: Destination Moons

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    September 6, 2017

    In the space of 13 years, Cassini observed Saturn and devoted a lot of attention to its moons. With the mission now about to end, Patrick Michel, astrophysicist, planetologist and research director at the Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice, reflects on the discoveries it has made about the planet’s natural satellites.

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  4. Saturn’s rings through the eyes of Cassini

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    September 4, 2017

    As well as studying Saturn and its moons, Cassini also trained its sights on the planet’s rings, analysing their composition, structure and dynamics to learn more about the physics of these very special features. Sébastien Charnoz, an astrophysicist at Paris Diderot University and research scientist at the IPGP global physics institute in Paris, looks back at what the mission has found.

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  5. Huygens- Landing on Titan

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    September 11, 2017

    In December 2004, the U.S. Cassini spacecraft released the European Huygens module for the most-distant landing yet accomplished in the history of space exploration. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, was the target and the high point of this collaboration that has brought great discoveries in planetology. With the Cassini mission now set to end, Athéna Coustenis, research director at the LESIA space and astrophysics instrumentation research laboratory at the Paris Observatory, looks at what it found there.

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  6. Cassini-Huygens: a 30-year space odyssey

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    August 30, 2017

    Cassini-Huygens is a joint NASA-ESA mission to Saturn and its moons. As the mission prepares to take its curtain call, Christophe Sotin, Chief Scientist, Solar System Exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, looks back at the genesis of the project.

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  7. Huygens set for the big jump

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    December 16, 2004

    Six months after the arrival of Cassini-Huygens at Saturn, mission scientists are gearing up for a new phase. Like a Christmas present tumbling from Santa’s sleigh, the European Huygens probe will be cut loose from the orbiter on 25 December, before diving into Titan’s atmosphere 3 weeks later. Huygens is expected to improve our understanding of Saturn’s largest moon, the only one in the Solar System known to have a dense atmosphere containing organic molecules.

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  8. Cassini-Huygens mission- Titan one year on

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    January 10, 2006

    Cassini-Huygens is the 1st space mission dedicated to exploring Saturn and its system of rings and moons. One year ago today, Europe’s Huygens probe separated from the Cassini orbiter and landed on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. What have its findings taught us about this tantalizing new world?

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  9. Cassini- Exploring beneath Enceladus’ icy crust

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    September 8, 2017

    Besides studying Saturn and its rings, a good deal of the Cassini mission focused on the planet’s moons. Among those where the most discoveries have been made is Enceladus, an icy but surprisingly active world. Gabriel Tobie, a research scientist at the LPGN planetology and geodynamics laboratory in Nantes, gives us the details.

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  10. Grand Finale- Cassini bids farewell

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    September 14, 2017

    15 September 2017 will mark the end of the Cassini mission, after 13 years exploring the Saturn system. With its fuel fast running out, the spacecraft will plunge into the gas giant’s atmosphere where it will acquire one last series of science data before breaking up and falling silent forever. Philippe Zarka, astrophysics research director at the LESIA space and astrophysics instrumentation research laboratory at the Paris Observatory, takes us through Cassini’s final minutes.

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  11. Mission

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    July 5, 2016

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  17. Seasons shift on Titan

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    December 11, 2012

    While the seasons are a familiar feature of Earth, those on Titan are largely unknown. A team of researchers has obtained a tantalizing glimpse of a seasonal shift on Saturn’s moon thanks to data from the Cassini spacecraft.

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  20. First findings from Cassini-Huygens

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    October 1, 2004

    Early this summer, just days after entering orbit, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft sent back its first findings from Saturn. Preliminary science results are beginning to shed new light on a complex and fascinating planetary system. Having discovered new satellites and made measurements of unprecedented precision, Cassini’s first weeks at Saturn are already looking very promising.

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