18
Jul
pennyfornasa:

On June 30, 2004, the Cassini spacecraft, carrying the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe, arrived at Saturn. Today Cassini celebrates 10 years exploring the Saturn system. Originally intended for a four-year primary mission, Cassini has received three extensions allowing the spacecraft to collect 514 GB of science data and 332,000 stunning images of the planet, its rings and moons.Below is a list compiled by NASA of Cassini’s Top 10 discoveries and accomplishments: — The Huygens probe makes first landing on a moon in the outer Solar System (Titan) — Discovery of active, icy plumes on the Saturnian moon Enceladus — Saturn’s rings revealed as active and dynamic — a laboratory for how planets form — Titan revealed as an Earth-like world with rain, rivers, lakes and seas — Studies of Saturn’s great northern storm of 2010-2011 — Studies reveal radio-wave patterns are not tied to Saturn’s interior rotation, as previously thought — Vertical structures in the rings imaged for the first time — Study of prebiotic chemistry on Titan — Mystery of the dual, bright-dark surface of the moon Iapetus solved — First complete view of the north polar hexagon and discovery of giant hurricanes at both of Saturn’s poles Read more: Cassini’s 10 Years At Saturn: http://go.nasa.gov/1o3EzJZ Cassini’s Top 10 Discoveries: http://go.nasa.gov/1m1Skuf  Check out Cassini’s Top Images: http://go.nasa.gov/1veUSF3 Download The Infographic: http://go.nasa.gov/1wxXSyW Image Credit: NASA

pennyfornasa:

On June 30, 2004, the Cassini spacecraft, carrying the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe, arrived at Saturn. Today Cassini celebrates 10 years exploring the Saturn system. Originally intended for a four-year primary mission, Cassini has received three extensions allowing the spacecraft to collect 514 GB of science data and 332,000 stunning images of the planet, its rings and moons.

Below is a list compiled by NASA of Cassini’s Top 10 discoveries and accomplishments:
— The Huygens probe makes first landing on a moon in the outer Solar System (Titan)
— Discovery of active, icy plumes on the Saturnian moon Enceladus
— Saturn’s rings revealed as active and dynamic — a laboratory for how planets form
— Titan revealed as an Earth-like world with rain, rivers, lakes and seas
— Studies of Saturn’s great northern storm of 2010-2011
— Studies reveal radio-wave patterns are not tied to Saturn’s interior rotation, as previously thought
— Vertical structures in the rings imaged for the first time
— Study of prebiotic chemistry on Titan
— Mystery of the dual, bright-dark surface of the moon Iapetus solved
— First complete view of the north polar hexagon and discovery of giant hurricanes at both of Saturn’s poles

Read more:
Cassini’s 10 Years At Saturn: http://go.nasa.gov/1o3EzJZ
Cassini’s Top 10 Discoveries: http://go.nasa.gov/1m1Skuf
Check out Cassini’s Top Images: http://go.nasa.gov/1veUSF3
Download The Infographic: http://go.nasa.gov/1wxXSyW

Image Credit: NASA

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2
Jul

Caption: Testing NASA’s base model for the agency’s future Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The module took flight from a large swing, nearing 50 mph (80.5 kph), before splashing down in a pool at NASA Langley’s Landing and Impact Research Facility, on August 2, 2011.

Photo credit: NASA. Found at The Atlantic: InFocus.

1
Jul
Caption: NASA astronauts Cady Coleman and Ricky Arnold step into the Orion crew module hatch during a series of spacesuit check tests conducted at the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013.

Photo credit: Reuters/NASA.

Caption: NASA astronauts Cady Coleman and Ricky Arnold step into the Orion crew module hatch during a series of spacesuit check tests conducted at the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013.

Photo credit: Reuters/NASA.