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  1. Saturn’s north polar hexagon

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    September 19, 2018

    Analysis of data from the Cassini probe has revealed that a vortex towering more than 300 kilometres above Saturn’s north pole mirrors the famous hexagon cloud pattern observed lower in the planet’s atmosphere since 1980. Sandrine Guerlet from the LMD dynamic meteorology laboratory in Paris, who has co-authored a paper on this discovery, explains.

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  2. 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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  3. Source of Saturn’s kilometric radiation revealed

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    November 13, 2018

    Using data from the Cassini mission, scientists are unravelling the mechanisms that drive auroral radio emissions at Saturn’s poles, which are key to understanding certain characteristics of the giant ringed planet. Laurent Lamy, an astrophysicist at the LESIA space and astrophysics instrumentation research laboratory (Paris Observatory) and lead author of an article on the subject in the journal Science, gives us the details.

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  4. Saturn

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    June 1, 2016

    Saturn is the 2nd gas giant planet in distance from the Sun and the 2nd largest in the solar system after Jupiter.

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  5. Saturn

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    August 6, 2003

    Long thought to be the only planet with a ring system, Saturn is a gas giant much like Jupiter:

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  6. 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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  7. Cassini’s Saturnian legacy

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    September 1, 2017

    Since entering orbit around Saturn in July 2004, the Cassini spacecraft has studied the planet and its moons from every angle. Before its dramatic dive into the gas giant’s atmosphere and its final demise on 15 September, Thierry Fouchet, a lecturer at Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC) and research scientist at the Paris Observatory, reviews its 13 years of discoveries.

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  9. Mission

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    July 5, 2016

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  12. 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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  14. Titan’s north pole is surrounded by lakes

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    December 27, 2006

    Scientists have reported evidence of lakes dotted around Titan’s northern hemisphere. Radar imagery obtained by the Cassini spacecraft on 22 July 2006 revealed dark patches less than 100 km long. False-colour images published 4 January 2007 in the journal Nature highlight lakes filled with liquid methane.

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  16. 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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