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The Dew Drop of Saturn: Water-world Enceladus | NASA Cassini
May 2, 2016: The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf. Even though it appears like a tiny drop before the might of the giant Saturn, Enceladus reminds us that even small worlds hold mysteries and wonders to be explored.

By most predictions prior to Cassini's arrival at Saturn, a moon the size of Enceladus (313 miles, 504 kilometers across) would have been expected to be a dead, frozen world. But Enceladus displays remarkable geologic activity, as evidenced by the plume emanating from its southern polar regions and its global, subsurface ocean. The plume, which was discovered in Cassini images, is comprised mostly of water vapor and contain entrained dust particles.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 0.3 degrees below the ring plane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on May 25, 2015 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 728 nanometers.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 54 miles (87 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and www.nasa.gov/cassini 
The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org

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Image Date:  May 25, 2015
Release Date: May 2, 2016

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" "We have reasons now to believe that our very best chances of finding extraterrestrial life in our lifetimes – and almost certainly, if it is there at all, a second genesis of life – is the ocean of Enceladus," Porco said in an email interview with Popular Mechanics.  "

​Carolyn Porco has been with NASA for some of its biggest missions. Now, she's ready for the biggest of all: finding life outside Earth.​
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i got a question. how is this news?
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New Cosmic Query: Enceladus!
Ask Dr. Carolyn Porco, aka Madame Saturn, the leader of the #Cassini imaging team,
about recent discoveries on #Enceladus and why it may be the best place to look for extraterrestrial life in the solar system. Co-host: Chuck Nice. Please post your answers in the comments to this post. Include #CQEnceladus in your comment. Deadline: 11pm EDT 4/3.
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Happy Birthday to Dr. Carolyn Porco, one of our new StarTalk All-Stars! Here's "Madame Saturn" &@neiltyson in http://www.startalkradio.net/show/madame-saturn-a-conversation-with-carolyn-porco-part-1/ 
Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about exploring space with planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, aka Madame Saturn, leader of the Cassini Imaging Science team.
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Belated wishes..
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"  Carolyn Porco, the leader of the imaging science team on the Cassini space mission with a craft in orbit around Saturn, will share her experiences and photos from the exploration at the IMAX Theater at Liberty State Park on April 4 at 6:30 p.m.  "
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O Saturn...mighty, moody&magnificent! We so exalt your regal splendor. This wk frm Cassini https://t.co/jw6KLtnGK2 https://t.co/UTYe1wcK2j
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Twas a pleasure to catch up w/ the Queen of the Deep @SylviaEarle in Carmel. I wanna be like her when I grow up.
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"  It is done in the style of art nouveau, and pays homage to Carolyn as a self-proclaimed child of the 60's. Within the work, you can find elements from her life. In the upper left is the Voyager spacecraft and in the upper right is Cassini. In the lower left is Enceladus and the lower right Titan. In her lap rests Carl Sagan's work of fiction "Contact"; Carolyn served as the consultant on the character, Ellie, to the movie based on the book. Her sleeves are adorned with the Star Trek insignia; she also consulted on the 2009 Paramount Pictures "Star Trek" reboot. The center panel contains elements from the famous "Abbey Road" Beatles' album that she and her Cassini team re-created in 2001.  "

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New Cosmic Query: Ask Dr. Carolyn Porco, aka Madame Saturn, the leader of the #Cassini imaging team, about about the search for signs of extraterrestrial life.
Co-host: Chuck Nice. Please post your answers in the comments to this post. Include #CQSETI in your comment. Deadline: 11pm EDT 4/3.
Shown: Carolyn Porco checking out one of Galileo’s telescopes in Stockholm, Sweden, 2009. Photo courtesy of carolynporco.com
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#CQSETI  If...IF...Trump should win the election, what effect do you feel he will have on Space Exploration and STEM/STEAM programs?
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Very interesting! The kinda proposal that makes u say Why didn't I think of that?
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Constraints on the location of a possible 9th planet derived from the Cassini data.
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Abstract: To explain the unusual distribution of Kuiper Belt objects, several authors have advocated the existence of a super-Earth planet in the outer solar system. It has recently been proposed that a 10 M$_{\oplus}$ object with an orbit of 700 AU semi major axis and 0.6 eccentricity can ...
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I think these guys should get a Nobel prize when this planet is confirmed.
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One of the leaders on the Cassini mission to Saturn hopes one day to find life within the ocean of one of the planet’s moons
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So am I reading this wrong? I have to subscribe to the WSJ to read this article?
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Atmospheric Changes on Titan's South Pole | NASA Cassini  
Interesting change in haze height and layering profile is seen above the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan. Cassini WAC RGB view of Titan taken on 2015-03-16 20:39 UTC. 
 
Distance: 120,400 km
Phase angle: 142 deg

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The CIRS team is based at Goddard.

For more information about Cassini, visit:
www.nasa.gov/cassini
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Release Date: January 4, 2016

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I see you are following Patrick Murphy I just want to tell you one thing I was also calling him which turned into a romance until he don't me be careful don't give them money
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Carolyn C. Porco (born March 6, 1953) is an American planetary scientist known for her work in the exploration of the outer solar system, beginning with her imaging work on the Voyager missions to Jupiter,SaturnUranus and Neptune in the 1980s. She leads the imaging science team on the Cassinimission[1][2][3] currently in orbit around Saturn. She is also an imaging scientist on the New Horizons[4] mission launched to Plutoon January 19, 2006. She is an expert on planetary rings and the Saturnian moon, Enceladus.

She has co-authored over 120 scientific papers on subjects ranging from the spectroscopy of Uranus and Neptune, the interstellar medium, thephotometry of planetary rings, satellite/ring interactions, computer simulations of planetary rings, the thermal balance of Triton’s polar caps, heat flow in the interior ofJupiter, and a suite of results on the atmosphere, satellites, and rings of Saturn from the Cassini imaging experiment.[5]

Porco was responsible for the epitaph and proposal to honor the late renowned planetary geologistEugene Shoemaker by sending hiscremains to the Moon aboard theLunar Prospector spacecraft in 1998.[6][7]

A frequent public speaker, Porco has given two popular lectures at TED[8][9] as well as the opening speech[10] for Pangea Day, a May 2008 global broadcast coordinated from six cities around the world, in which she described the cosmic context for human existence. Porco has also won a number of awards and honors for her contributions to science and the public sphere; for instance, in 2008 she was named by Wired magazine as one of '15 People the Next President Should Listen To.'[11] In 2009, New Statesman named her as one of 'The 50 People Who Matter Today.'[12] In 2010 she was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal, presented by the American Astronomical Society for Excellence in the Communication of Science to the Public. And in 2012, she was named one the 25 most influential people in space by TIME magazine.




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