Solar System Exploration
Solar System Exploration
The Cassini spacecraft has been gone for a year now, but the science continues. Here are 10 reasons why Cassini mattered...
10 Things: Why Cassini Mattered
From deep below the soil at Earth’s polar regions to Pluto’s frozen heart, ice exists all over the solar system...and beyond.
Frozen: Ice on Earth and Well Beyond
At Thanksgiving gatherings, food is shared, leftovers are coveted, and different people have different specialties. Interplanetary missions are similar, but with spaceship parts instead of potatoes or pie.
Giving and Receiving: A Mission Tradition
JPL's lucky peanuts are an unofficial tradition at big mission events.
What Are JPL's Lucky Peanuts?
Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Saturn on Aug. 25, 1981. The mission revealed a planet so phenomenal scientists had to go back.
40 Years On, Remembering Voyager's Legacy at Saturn
New research on nine craters on Saturn's largest moon Titan provides details about how weathering affects the surface – and what lies beneath.
Impact Craters Reveal Details of Titan's Dynamic Surface Weathering
Cassini mission data provides strong evidence that the northern hemisphere of the moon has been resurfaced with ice from its interior.
Infrared Eyes on Enceladus: Hints of Fresh Ice in Northern Hemisphere
Scientists have developed a new prediction of the shape of the bubble surrounding our solar system.
Uncovering Our Solar System's Shape
Planetary scientists have learned something significant: More than a quarter of the exoplanets they studied could be ocean worlds.
Are Ocean Planets Common? It's Likely, NASA Scientists Find
Using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists found Titan drifting away from Saturn a hundred times faster than previously understood.
Saturn's Moon Titan Drifting Away Faster Than Previously Thought
New analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft finds auroras at Saturn's poles may keep its atmosphere warm.
Data From NASA's Cassini May Explain Saturn's Atmospheric Mystery
The first map showing the global geology of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been completed and fully reveals a dynamic world of dunes, lakes, plains, craters and other terrains.
The First Global Geologic Map of Titan Completed
Cassini scientists have found the ingredients for amino acids condensed onto ice grains emitted by Saturn's sixth-largest moon.
New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains
Images collected during Cassini's superclose orbits in 2017 are giving scientists new insight into the complex workings of the rings.
NASA's Cassini Reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings
There’s way more to Saturn than its rings. The planet also boasts a collection of exotic, and still mysterious, moons.
10 Things: Unsolved Mysteries of Saturn's Moons
Dust and ice from Saturn's vast rings accretes onto the moons embedded within and near the rings.
Cassini Finds Saturn's Rings Coat Tiny Moons
New data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft may solved a longstanding mystery. The length of a day on Saturn: 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.
Scientists Finally Know What Time It Is on Saturn
New measurements of the mass of Saturn's rings reveal their age — and something they have in common with dinosaurs.
NASA's Cassini Data Show Saturn's Rings Relatively New
New NASA research confirms that Saturn's rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn’s magnetic field.
NASA Research Reveals Saturn is Losing Its Rings at "Worst-Case-Scenario" Rate
Cassini's Grand Finale orbits pay off: Final dives tell the story of the previously unexplored region between Saturn and its rings
Groundbreaking Science Emerges from Ultra-Close Orbits of Saturn
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected dust storms on Saturn's largest moon, making Titan the third Solar System body where such storms have been observed.
Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time
During NASA's Cassini mission's final distant encounter with Saturn's giant moon Titan, the spacecraft captured the enigmatic moon's north polar landscape of lakes and seas, which are filled with liquid methane and ethane.
Cassini's Final View of Titan's Northern Lakes and Seas
JPL has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for its coverage of the Cassini mission's Grand Finale at Saturn.
And the Emmy goes to: Cassini's Grand Finale
A study using Cassini data reveals a warming, high-altitude, hexagonal vortex emerging at Saturn’s northern pole
Saturn's Famous Hexagon May Tower Above the Clouds
The final Cassini Science Symposium, and other recent Cassini mission events.
Cassini Significant Events 8/1/18 - 8/28/18