The active Sun boosts Titan's outer atmosphere 15 October 2013 The NASA-ESA-ASI Cassini spacecraft has been observing the Saturn system, including the giant satellite Titan, for more than 9 years. A detailed analysis of Cassini data has now confirmed predictions that the density of Titan's ionosphere is directly linked to the 11 year cycle of solar activity. Read more
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a NASA/ESA/ASI mission to explore the Saturnian system. The ESA component consists largely of the Huygens probe, which entered the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and descended under parachute down to the surface. The Cassini spacecraft is undertaking an extensive exploration of the Saturnian system with its rings and many satellites. Cassini completed its initial four-year mission to explore the Saturn System in June 2008 and the first extended mission, called the 'Cassini Equinox Mission', in September 2010. A second extended mission, called the 'Cassini Solstice Mission' will continue until September 2017; this will allow scientists to study the Saturnian system until the summer solstice is passed in May 2017. By the time this new extension is completed the Cassini mission will have covered (since it arrived in the system) one half of a Saturnian year.
ESA science missions continue in overtime 20 June 2013 ESA has extended the productive lives of 10 of its operating space science missions. This decision secures funding for ESA's world-class science missions until at least the end of 2014, and provides a framework for planning until end of 2016. Read more
Cassini sees precursors to aerosol 'snow' on Titan 05 June 2013 Scientists have confirmed the presence of PAHs - Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - in the upper atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. After forming, PAHs grow into larger aggregates that drift down, eventually giving rise to aerosol particles in the haze layer that blankets Titan's surface. The study is based on data from the Cassini orbiter. Read more
Cassini sheds light on cosmic particle accelerators 18 February 2013 During an unusually strong blast of solar wind arriving at Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft detected particle acceleration to ultra-high energies, similar to what takes place around supernova explosions. Read more
Cassini-Huygens Participating Scientists Announcement of Opportunity 2013 08 March 2013 The scientific community is invited to submit proposals for Participating Scientists (PS) to the Cassini-Huygens mission. This Announcement of Opportunity is published jointly by ESA, NASA, and ASI. This year proposals are being taken via a two-step process. Step-1 proposals are required. The deadline for submission of Step-1 proposals is 26 March 2013. Full proposals are due 3 May 2013. Read more
Cassini Scientist for a Day 2012 Competition - Results 04 March 2013 Students from across Europe have been selected as winners of the Cassini Scientist for a Day 2012 competition. Coordinated by ESA, national competitions were held in several European countries, with more than 1000 entries. An equivalent competition was run by NASA for schools in the US. Read more