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Cassini to Saturn

A spacecraft that Cassini entered orbit around Saturn in the summer of 2004, and has transmitted tens of thousands of images of the planet and its rings and moons. On January 14, 2005, a second part of the mission, the Huygens probe, parachuted to a soft landing on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Its images showed a landscape carved by flowing liquid. Cassini’s instruments have peered through Titan’s atmospheric haze to discover lakes of liquid methane and ethane, extensive river networks, ice volcanoes, and giant dune systems on Titan’s surface. Cassini is scheduled to continue its reconnaissance of the Saturn system until 2017.

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Saturn's Moons February 19, 2016

Saturn's rings

Saturn February 10, 2016

Ongoing Explorations March 3, 2014

Featured Images

Cassini infrared view of Titan

Through the Smog July 15, 2016

Saturn's giant hexagon

Planetary Geometry May 30, 2016

Cassini views the moon Enceladus passing in front of Saturn

Last Look December 23, 2015

Plumes of ice and water shoot into space from Enceladus, a moon of Saturn

Getting Wet October 27, 2015

Cassini view of north polar region of Enceladus

Headin' North October 15, 2015

Saturn's icy moon Enceladus (background) slides behind Dione

Two-Fer September 18, 2015

August 17, 2015, view of Saturn's moon Dione in front of the giant planet

Last Visit August 18, 2015

Cassini view of a giant storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere

Stormy Skies June 28, 2015

Two views of Saturn's moon Dione from Cassini

Near and Far June 18, 2015

Cassini view of Saturn's family of gings

Family Portrait April 7, 2015

Cassini view of Jupiter from 6 million miles

Turbulent Giant February 6, 2015

The Huygens probe arrives at Titan in 2005

Cold Landing January 14, 2015

Cassini close-up of Saturn's clouds

Impressions of a Planet December 18, 2014

Sunlight glints off a hydrocarbon lake on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn

World of Lakes November 11, 2014

Cassini view of a crescent Titan, largest moon of Saturn

Hazy Skies November 9, 2014

Jupiter's radiation belts

Jovian Shields October 15, 2014

Possible image of a moon being born in Saturn's rings

New Moon Rising? September 27, 2014

View of Saturn's rings from Cassini

Clearing the Gaps August 31, 2014

Cassini spacecraft passes Titan

A Decade at Saturn June 10, 2014

Cassini image of a possible satellite growing in the outer regions of Saturn's r

Giving Birth? April 15, 2014

Saturnian Heat Rays August 21, 2013

Cassini view of the cracked crust of Saturn's moon Dione

Cracked Up August 12, 2013

Cassini monitors Saturn's magnetic field

Radio Story July 16, 2013

Clouds above the south pole of Titan

Titanic Vortex June 19, 2013

Ligeia Mare, one of the largest lakes on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn

Storms Ahead? May 22, 2013

Cassini view of Saturn's north pole

Eye of the Storm May 2, 2013

Cassini views Saturn's magnetic field

Solar Sculptor March 1, 2013

Cassini images of Dione, Rhea

Saturnian Two-Fer December 27, 2012

South polar vortex on Saturn, seen by Cassini

Saturnian Vortex November 11, 2012

Cassini view of Saturn, October 2012

Saturn Looms Large October 18, 2012

A Cassini view of Saturn and its largest moon, Titan

Planetary Duet June 21, 2012

Saturn's moon Titan floats in front of the giant planet

Moon on a String May 11, 2012

Two views of Saturn's outermost ring

Wiggly Ring April 26, 2012

Saturn's battered moon Tethys seen by the Cassini Spacecraft, April 14, 2012

Wrinkly Moon April 17, 2012

Saturn and its rings as seen by Cassini

Subtle Color April 15, 2012

Water geysers from the south pole of Enceladus, a moon of Saturn

Leaking Moon March 26, 2012

Saturn's moons Titan and Dione above Saturn, with Saturn's rings

Saturnian Traffic Jam December 26, 2011

Cassini view of Saturn's moon Enceladus in front of the planet's rings

Saturnian Encounter October 25, 2011

Composite view of a giant storm on Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft

Stormy Skies August 31, 2011

Cassini view of Iapetus, a moon of Saturn

Two-Toned Moon July 7, 2011

Storm clouds swirl through Saturn's atmosphere in an image from Cassini

Artistic Storm March 28, 2011

Enceladus passes in front of Saturn's rings

Saturnian Iceball December 8, 2010

Sun glints off a lake on Saturn's moon Titan

Sparkling Lake November 30, 2010

Cassini image of Saturn's moon Mimas, October 2010

Scarface October 25, 2010

False-color infrared view of Saturn and its aurora

Colorful Aurora September 28, 2010

Two Moons Rising August 16, 2010

Cassini snapped views of Saturn's moons Enceladus and Tethys.

Two Moons Rising August 16, 2010

Two moons of Saturn are shaped like flying saucers, as seen by Cassini.

Flying Saucers! July 29, 2010

The largest lake in the southern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Titan.

Big (Foot) Lake July 27, 2010

Dione, one of the moons of Saturn, passes in front of the larger moon Titan.

Just Passing By June 30, 2010

The Cassini spacecraft snapped this image of Saturn's moon Rhea from a distance

Close Moon June 7, 2010

Golden Beacon March 21, 2010

Peek-A-Boo Moon March 11, 2010

'Leaking' Moon March 1, 2010

Death Star Moon February 17, 2010

Saturn's Hexagon January 5, 2010

Radio Programs

Moon and Saturn Looking through the smog July 15, 2016

Calling Cards Calling cards from planet Earth May 26, 2016

More Moon and Planets The beginning of the end April 25, 2016

Last Visit A final visit to an icy moon December 19, 2015

Cassini at Enceladus Hot water on an icy moon October 26, 2015

Cassini at Dione A final look at a two-faced moon August 16, 2015

Moon and Saturn Pinpointing a giant planet May 31, 2015

Moon and Saturn Swimming through a “death star” March 10, 2015

Moon and Saturn Filling up a giant gas station January 14, 2015

Huygens Parachuting through alien skies January 13, 2015

Changing Seasons Changing seasons on a cold world November 10, 2014

Cloudy Skies Cloudy skies on a cold moon November 9, 2014

Through the Haze Seeing through the haze on a cold moon November 8, 2014

Moon and Saturn Building a new moon around Saturn September 26, 2014

Moon and Saturn Arriving at a fascinating destination June 9, 2014

Moon and Saturn Riding waves in Saturn’s rings December 26, 2013

Moon and Saturn A planet with a nameless surface September 8, 2013

Moon and Saturn Diving into a possible water world August 11, 2013

Moon and Saturn A radio story from a giant planet July 15, 2013

Moon and Saturn Wrapped in a magnetic embrace February 28, 2013

Cold Oasis Filling up a desert oasis November 21, 2012

‘Titanic’ Discoveries II Getting to know a distant moon November 19, 2012

IC 10 A faint but busy galactic neighbor October 7, 2012

Water Worlds: Titan A world with a really deep ocean September 24, 2012

Moon and Companions Floating through an alien sky May 2, 2012

Saturn at Opposition Looking back toward home April 13, 2012

Saturnian Encounters A busy week of moon-hopping March 25, 2012

Moon, Saturn, and Spica A planet sings out of tune November 20, 2011

Cassini at Enceladus Streaking past a solar-system treasure November 4, 2011

Moon and Saturn "Listening" for distant worlds... August 2, 2011

Dynamic Rings Saturn's constantly changing rings... July 4, 2011

Soggy Moon Changing weather on an icy moon May 17, 2011

Moon and Companions Wisps of "air" for an icy moon... February 19, 2011

Titan IV Sailing an alien sea January 26, 2011