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NASA - Holiday Dance of the Moons

Like sugar plum fairies in The Nutcracker, the moons of Saturn performed a celestial ballet before the eyes of NASAs Cassini spacecraft. The new movies frame the moons silent dance against the majestic sweep of the planets rings and show as many as four moons gliding around one another.

Cassini Flyby of Enceladus

On Monday, Nov. 2, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take its deepest dive yet through the plumes of Saturns moon Enceladus. The goal is to learn more about the composition and density of the plumes spewing from the moons south pole. This is the seventh targeted flyby of Enceladus, so we sometimes refer to it as E7. The video has no sound.

On Oct. 21, 2009, the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Calif., hosted a lecture on the latest science from the Cassini mission to Saturn. The event was hosted by Griffith Curator, Laura Danly and the featured speakers were Cassini scientists, Kevin Baines (JPL), Linda Spilker (JPL), Tamas Gombosi (Univ. of Michigan), Amanda Hendrix (JPL), Jonathan Lunine (Univ. of Arizona).

Carolyn Porco shares exciting new findings from the Cassini spacecraft's recent sweep of one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. Samples gathered from the moon's icy geysers hint that an ocean under its surface could harbor life.

Exploring the Moons of Saturn

The most ambitious mission in planetary space exploration ever mounted, Cassini-Huygens landed a probe on Titan and is returning the most detailed views of the Saturnian system.

Recently, Carolyn Porco, who leads the Cassini imaging team, took New Scientist on a tour of her favourite images from the past four years. They include waves in the planet's famous rings, sand dunes and possible rain clouds on the surprisingly Earth-like moon Titan, and enigmatic geysers on the icy moon Enceladus.

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