Delta V: Rings Of Saturn Promises Realistic Saturn Ring-Mining Fun

The term “hard sci-fi” doesn’t indicate difficulty of the material to understand, but rather how closely a work attempts to consider and abide by realism and laws of physics in the science fiction. Besides Kerbal Space Programs and the realistic space warfare simulator Children of a Dead Earth, space games that attempt hard sci-fi mechanics […]

Supergirl's Amy Jackson Dismisses Drama Between Kara and Saturn Girl: 'It's Not All About the Love Triangle'

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an actor coming between a TV show’s top couple? Just ask recent Supergirl addition Amy Jackson: “It’s awful.” RELATEDExclusive: Supergirl Casts This Is Us Actress as Woman With Curious Reign Connection Jackson calls Monday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c) a “major turning point” for the battle against Reign, as […]

Saturn has a tiny moon with more oil and gas than Earth

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, lacks oxygen but is completely enveloped in a chemical haze just one ingredient short of being crude oil.  These  hydrocarbons naturally rain down from the skies in a “dreary drizzle“ and collect in the form of vast lakes and dunes. Imagine a place with hundreds of times more natural gases and other […]

NASA’s Cassini probe bids farewell to Saturn with epic image

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was always destined to be a doomed hero. After two decades in space, diligently exploring Saturn and its many strange and beautiful moons, operators deliberately crashed the spacecraft into the planet to make sure the moons remain pristine and unaffected by debris. But not before the spacecraft took one final, breathtaking look […]

NASA picked the 100 greatest images of Saturn from its Cassini mission — here are some of the best

NASA/JPL-Caltech After 13 years of orbiting Saturn and its moons, NASA’s bus-size Cassini probe is now a puff of radioactive vapor in the planet’s swirling clouds. Space agency leaders knew this day would come since 2010, when they decided to empty Cassini’s tanks to continue exploring Saturn as long as possible. Without a means of […]

Cassini mission ends with final plunge into Saturn

At around 7:31 AM eastern time, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft disintegrated and plunged into Saturn, becoming the only man-made object ever to touch our solar system’s second largest planet. “The signal from the spacecraft is gone and within the next 45 seconds, so will be the spacecraft,” said NASA JPL Cassini program manager Earl Maize. “This […]

These are the last close-up photos of Saturn we may see in decades

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute; Kevin M. Gill/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) With just hours left before its meteoric doom in the clouds of Saturn, NASA’s Cassini probe on Thursday sent its final batch of photos to planet Earth. Cassini is scheduled to die Friday around 6:22 a.m. EDT, though news of its destruction will take about 1 […]

Saturn rings may be far younger than previously thought (VIDEOS)

Published time: 30 Aug, 2017 15:53 As Cassini continues its terminal descent towards Saturn, its unique perspective from between the planet’s rings and surface has yielded unprecedented insights into one of the solar system’s enduring treasures. The spacecraft, which arrived at the planet 13 years ago to see out its 20-year mission, has just two […]

Cassini will take five victory laps before plunging into Saturn

Over the past few months, Cassini took the closest pictures of Saturn’s rings we’ve ever seen that it was pretty easy to forget that the probe was nearing its end. It actually dove in and out of the rings to prepare for its poetic death, and now it’s down to its last orbits around the […]