Something is going on at Saturn's North Pole — something big, swirling, and shaped like a giant hexagon. So just what is it? Carolyn Porco, the leader of Cassini's Imaging Team, explains it to us.
Carolyn Porco, the leader of the Imaging Experiment on NASA's Cassini mission, is here to answer your questions about exploring other planets, what we know about planetary rings, Saturn's moon Encleadus, and looking for life in our solar system.
Earth has been photographed from space before, but its inhabitants have never been given advance notice as to when those photographs would be taken. Consider this your send-ahead: On July 19th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will photograph Earth from a billion miles away. Say cheese.
Every time you think you've seen all there is to see of Saturn and its moons, the Cassini imaging team goes ahead and blows that notion right out of the water, along with your mind. In the series of images featured below, Saturn and its giant moon, Titan, show their true, jaw-dropping colors.
Saturn's atmosphere is constantly swimming with turbulent jet streams — but where do they get their energy to form in the first place? This has been one of the biggest mysteries about Saturn for decades.
The next Symphony of Science jam session is out titled, "A Wave of Reason." Listen to Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan, Carolyn Porco and others sing about "scientific reasoning and skepticism in the face of growing amounts of pseudoscientific pursuits."
This is a total eclipse of the sun by Saturn, as seen by NASA's Cassini space probe. I totally want this image painted on black velvet. This famous image is just one of the photos that Cassini Imaging Team leader Carolyn Porco showed off during her talk about Saturn and its moons, now online at TED. [TED, via Runaway…