What is happening in Titan’s equatorial belt?

During the last thirteen years (2004 – 2017), the Cassini-Huygens mission allowed a real revolution in the exploration of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. This mission has revealed that Titan is – in many aspects – very similar to Earth. Titan is a frozen version of Earth, where methane behaves as water, and water ice may be as hard […]

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IPGP Seminary “The Cassini mission at Saturn: latest results and legacy”

  The IPGP is pleased to welcome Linda Spilker from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Scientific Director of the Cassini mission, as part of its general seminars. On May 18 at 11am, she will discuss the Cassini mission on Saturn, the results obtained at the end of the mission, and the legacy of this extraordinary scientific adventure. While waiting for this […]

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The Cassini Grande Finale from Caltech with UnivEarthS team

The mission ended in complete silence where everyone held their breath, followed by a few tears and a thunder of applause. Closing a chapter of the study of Saturn, its moons and rings, the Cassini spacecraft plunged to Saturn on September 15, 2018, burning as it entered the atmosphere, while on Earth the ship’s explosion was noticed by the sudden […]

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Cassini “Grand Final”: the end of the mission

On September 15, 2017, the Cassini probe that has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004 will complete its mission, dipping towards the planet to the rings in the upper layers of its atmosphere where it will be consumed by the forces of friction. A final phase called by the Nasa “Grand Finale”, which will lead the probe to areas […]

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A new type of stationary dunes: dunes combs

In the framework of the Associated International Laboratory SALADYN (1), between CNRS and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and thanks to the latest theoretical advances in dune growth methods, a Franco-Chinese team has just revealed the existence of a “ A new type of stationary dunes. These are the dunes in the form of combs which extend over 2400 km² […]

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