Saturn: The Latest Discoveries
Saturn, sixth planet from the sun, is the second largest planet in our solar system.
Far from Earth and the inner solar system two massive gas giants patrol the outer reaches of our solar system; Uranus knocked on its axis and Neptune, wrapped in a cobalt blue atmosphere of inexplicably fast winds.
A boat mission called TALISE would explore the lakes of Saturn's moon Titan.
Perhaps as old as the Solar System itself, Ganymede – the largest moon of any planet – is the only moon known to have a magnetic field.
Locked beneath the icy surface of Europa is perhaps as much water as in all of Earth's oceans and lakes. But could there be life in the salty underground global sea?
The rings of Saturn have captured human curiosity for centuries. But they aren't the only fascinating mysteries surrounding the sixth planet from the sun.
By far the most massive planet in our solar system, Jupiter features giant hurricanes, auroras, abstract artistic cloudswirls, and maybe even a solid core. It also protects Earth by gravitationally clearing the solar system of asteroids and comets.
Future missions hoping to explore Europa's ocean may have to dig very deep.
Now's your chance to see Saturn before it disappears for a while.
These real planets, moons and asteroids match anything imagined by George Lucas for the "Star Wars" universe.
Many alien planets likely dip in and out of their stars' "habitable zones."
Voyager 1's rocket only had 3.5 seconds of fuel left when it sent the probe on its way 35 years ago.
This September skywatchers can catch a glimpse of four planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) as well as a visual trick in the constellation Capricornus that makes two stars look like one oddly enlongated star.
Saturn's rings obscure part of Titan's colorful visage in this space wallpaper from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Cassini snapped the pictures, which were released Wednesday.
See images of the ringed planet from NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.
President Kennedy gets a lesson in how the Saturn Launch System works.