The first ringed moon is discovered off the ringed planet
By Gregory MonePosted 03.10.2008 at 12:27 pm 1 Comment
The Cassini spacecraft has uncovered evidence of a ring of space dust orbiting the second largest of Saturns moons, Rhea. No other moons have ever been found to have rings, so this could be a first, but it may also provide some interesting clues to Rheas past. When it captured the data in November 2005, Cassini was actually looking for evidence of an atmosphere around the moon.
Scientists are triumphant over extraordinary new images from Saturn and its moons—rivers of methane, ice volcanoes, ferocious storms and more
By Michael MoyerPosted 04.29.2005 at 1:00 pm 0 Comments
The penetrometer was the first thing to hit. The stick-like probe on the bottom of the Huygens lander punched aside a hard pebble made of water ice on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and sliced down through five inches of soft, muddy material. Scientists watching from Earth were ecstatic—the probe was not expected to survive the landing—but at the same time puzzled: If Titan really was, as they suspected, much like a young Earth, where were the liquid oceans predicted to cover the surface?