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Saturn has a tiny moon shaped like a dumpling, and I want to eat it right now

Saturn has a tiny moon shaped like a dumpling, and I want to eat it right now One of them is that Saturn has a tiny moon shaped like a dumpling.On April 12, NASA's Cassini spacecraft took these pictures of the celestial dumpling, er, I mean moon, Atlas.

New Enceladus findings could have big implications in the search for alien life

New Enceladus findings could have big implications in the search for alien life In fact, some moons may contain subsurface oceans with a larger total volume of water than Earth has.In the latest revelation, NASA announced strong evidence for life-sustaining conditions in the subsurface oceans of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

This photo of Earth peaking out between Saturn's rings will make you feel small

This photo of Earth peaking out between Saturn's rings will make you feel small A new photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft near Saturn shows Earth as a small speck of light, framed and dwarfed by Saturn's famous rings.This isn't Cassini's first photo of Earth from Saturn.

Cassini Probe Puts a Ring On Earth Before it Dies

Cassini Probe Puts a Ring On Earth Before it Dies If you’re a space nerd, you’re probably familiar with the Cassini probe.It, alongside the Huygens lander, were part of a joint ESA and NASA mission to study Saturn and its moons.

Cassini's stellar Saturn maneuvers get the adorable celebration they deserve

Cassini's stellar Saturn maneuvers get the adorable celebration they deserve In honor of that maneuver, Google has released an adorable doodle paying tribute to Cassini and Saturn's special relationship.The animation shows a cartoon version of Cassini diving between Saturn and its rings, taking pictures along the way as the huge planet poses in the foreground.

The Cassini spacecraft dove between Saturn and its rings: Here are the photos to prove it

The Cassini spacecraft dove between Saturn and its rings: Here are the photos to prove it The Saturn-exploring spacecraft managed to successfully fly through the 1,500 mile gap between Saturn and its rings and survive seemingly unscathed.At its nearest point, Cassini flew about 1,900 miles above  Saturn's clouds, which are mainly comprised of hydrogen and helium.

Cassini's First Grand Finale Images of Saturn Are In, and They're Stunning

Cassini's First Grand Finale Images of Saturn Are In, and They're Stunning The first images from the Grand Finale have been sent back to NASA, and they’re stunning.They’re also just the start — Cassini has 21 more close orbits planned.

This Week in Space: Cassini, the James Webb Space Telescope, and Bricks

This Week in Space: Cassini, the James Webb Space Telescope, and Bricks NASA finally unfurled the James Webb Space Telescope!There, mission techs and scientists will test and calibrate the telescope’s instruments.

Slip into the eerie silence between Saturn and its rings

Slip into the eerie silence between Saturn and its rings On April 26, NASA's Cassini spacecraft shot between Saturn and its innermost ring, going where no human-made object has gone before.One of those insights is that the area between the planet and its rings "sounds" different than other parts of space surrounding Saturn.

Watch NASA's home movie of the first dive between Saturn and its rings

Watch NASA's home movie of the first dive between Saturn and its rings Well if this lil' home video doesn't fill you with excitement and awe, check your pulse because you're probably dead.Captured at 6,800 miles per hour (aka 45 times faster than a speeding bullet) the "movie" represents the exploration of uncharted territory for the $3.

NASA and Cassini discover ‘the big empty’ between Saturn and its rings

NASA and Cassini discover ‘the big empty’ between Saturn and its rings NASA’s Cassini spacecraft embarked on its grand finale last week, diving through the 1,200-mile-wide gap between Saturn and its rings in a maneuver that brought the spacecraft closer to the ringed planet than any man-made object had been before.The spacecraft sent back a bunch of striking images along the way (see the gallery above).

Listen to the Eerie Void of Space

Listen to the Eerie Void of Space We’ve covered the Cassini probe a few times, but this little probe never ceases to impress.This time, Cassini went into the empty space between Saturn and its rings.

Cassini Finds Saturn's Ring Gap Emptier Than Expected

Cassini Finds Saturn's Ring Gap Emptier Than Expected One of the reasons Cassini didn’t venture into this space before was the risk of damage from dust particles.The dust particles are only 1 micrometer across, but can cause damage to the probe’s instruments when they impact at high speed.

Mostly NASA, Lightly Salted With a Spy Satellite: This Week in Space

Mostly NASA, Lightly Salted With a Spy Satellite: This Week in Space Next up for the Falcon 9 is a May 15 mission to put an Inmarsat communications satellite in orbit.At the end of the month, SpaceX is also slated to send a CRS Dragon to the International Space Station.

In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science

In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science “I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape.While the gas giant’s north pole was in shadow for the first part of the Cassini mission, it’s now in full sunlight, which enables Cassini scientists to directly image it in reflected light.

Gaze Into Saturn's Gigantic, Hexagonal Storm

Gaze Into Saturn's Gigantic, Hexagonal Storm Among those gaseous beauties is it churning hexagonal storm.The whole storm is more than a thousand miles across and sits at the planet’s North Pole.

Perfect Landing Spot for Spacecraft on Titan Identified

Perfect Landing Spot for Spacecraft on Titan Identified Using new data from the Cassini probe, scientists have identified a potential landing zone on Titan — those hydrocarbon lakes.This thick atmosphere is also what makes a potential landing on Titan so difficult.

Enceladus Vomits Vodka's Hyper-Toxic Cousin

Enceladus Vomits Vodka's Hyper-Toxic Cousin Blah blah whiskey isn’t good for you etc.A team at Cardiff University noticed a massive methanol signature in one of Saturn’s rings — the second outermost E-ring.

Cassini Probe Dips Its Toes in Saturn's Atmosphere

Cassini Probe Dips Its Toes in Saturn's Atmosphere NASA’s Cassini probe has been studying Saturn and its moons since 2005, and it’s almost time for the spacecraft to call it a day.The probe is running low on fuel, but scientists intend to get the most out of Cassini before it’s no longer capable of doing science.