Cassini Spacecraft

An artist view shows the Huygens probe approaching the upper layers of Titan's atmosphere at 22 000 kilometres per hour, slowing to about 1400 kilometres per hour in less than two minutes, thanks to the friction of the heatshield with the atmospheric gas. (credit: OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Instrument On Cassini Craft Working Again After Nine Months Down

An instrument aboard the international Cassini spacecraft is making measurements again after nine months offline.


The huge storm churning through the atmosphere in Saturn's northern hemisphere overtakes itself as it encircles the planet in this true-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. (NASA/JPL)

Astronomers Observe Colossal Saturn Storm

It began as a bright white dot in Saturn’s northern hemisphere. Within days, the dot grew larger and stormier.
Soon the tempest enveloped the ringed planet, triggering lightning flashes thousands of times more intense than on Earth.