Saturn moon looks like a wasp nest and it may freak some people out

Check out this stunningly crispy photo of Saturn moon's Hyperion—taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Apparently it is inhabited by alien wasps the size of cars or at least it looks like a wasp nest to me. So gross!* New analysis of Cassini's data reveal that, if there are giant alien wasps, they are producing electrons. » 10/16/14 10:04pm Thursday 10:04pm

The 50 Most Amazing Images From a Decade of Orbiting Saturn

Cassini entered Saturn's orbit on July 1st, 2004. And ever since, this NASA-ESA-ASI collaboration has delivered stunning images of the crown jewel of our solar system. The following 50 images were chosen from thousands of similarly great photographs from a full decade of exploring the sixth planet and its iconic ring… » 7/01/14 4:00pm 7/01/14 4:00pm

You Are Really Lonely When One Of Your Neighbors Is This Close

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has just captured another Pale Blue Dot image while orbiting Saturn. The difference is that, in this view, unlike the one from July 19, 2013, that featured Earth, the blue orb is Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. So that tiny dot hanging out there in the blackness of space is… » 5/02/14 9:44am 5/02/14 9:44am

Wow, scientists reveal a new moon forming on the edge of Saturn's rings

For the first time in history, scientists are witnessing the formation of a new moon in our solar system. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a new moon forming in the edge of Saturn's rings. Astronomers around the world are amazed about this incredible find, which they have named Peggy.* » 4/15/14 12:20pm 4/15/14 12:20pm

The Most Beautiful Photo of Saturn You've Ever Seen

The first time you see this latest picture of Saturn, you'll probably think it's fake. The rings are too perfectly round. The swirling surface of the planet is too smooth. The shadows are too sharp. But it's all real, thanks to the Cassini spacecraft and a Croatian software developer with too much time on his hands. » 10/17/13 4:20pm 10/17/13 4:20pm

Scientists Just Discovered a Key Plastic Ingredient--In Space

NASA's Cassini spacecraft just detected propylene on Saturn's moon Titan. You might recognize the name of the chemical as part of polypropylene, the material that the food storage containers in your cupboard are probably made of. It's the first time that the plastic ingredient has ever been observed anywhere other… » 10/01/13 12:20pm 10/01/13 12:20pm

An Image of Earth Made From 1400 Photos of People Waving at Space

The image above is assembled from 1400 people waving at the Cassini spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004. On July 19th, the orbiter turned back and snapped a photo of the home planet it would never see again. NASA thought it was only fair that we wave back. (See the full image below) » 8/23/13 4:47pm 8/23/13 4:47pm