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Cassini Diving Through Saturn’s Young Rings

There's a gap between the D ring and the planet that is empty enough to allow the spacecraft to pass through, taking incredible pictures and data.

Weekend Digest, May 6, 2017

Here's a collection of quick takes on interesting developments in the science news, from Saturn to a possible cure for malaria; from your liver to Sunday funnies.
Saturn's moon Enceladus with "Tiger Stripes" fissures where geysers erupt

Enceladus Pumps Imagination into the Vacuum

NASA astrobiologists abandon scientific restraint in a naked push to titillate taxpayers for another vain quest to find life beyond Earth.
Cassini at Saturn

Dry Titan Has Static Cling

Imagine putting a cat in box of packing peanuts. Something like that happens when Titan's sand dunes grow, some scientists think.
Ceres

Small Planetary Bodies Unexpectedly Active

You would think things would have cooled down after 4.5 billion years. That's not what planetary scientists are observing.
Cassini at Saturn

Best Images of Saturn's Rings Obtained

As Cassini begins climbing into high orbits over Saturn, it's starting to get amazing images looking down on the rings in unprecedented detail.
Cassini at Saturn

Cassini Gets Higher Look at Saturn's Youth

Now entering its final dramatic high orbits, the Cassini spacecraft is finding unexpected things for an assumed old planet.

Lyell Loses in a Landslide

Politics is on the minds of Americans today. Landslides are turning geological votes away from Lyell's uniformitarianism toward catastrophism.
Cassini at Saturn

Planetary Rings Defy Long Ages

Models of the origin of planetary rings are simulations based on fictions. Real physics cannot keep them billions of years old.

Trending: Moons With Oceans

Europa has one. Enceladus has one. Titan might have one. Now, it seems every moon wants an ocean under its crust.
Cassini at Saturn

SaturNews and TitaNews

New findings are running rings around planetary theories of old age, particularly in the Saturn system.

Juno How Old the Solar System Is?

Everyone knows the solar system is 4.5 billion years old. Everyone, that is, except Nature herself.

Titan Takes the Age Stage

Saturn's giant moon has prompted a flurry of new science papers. Can anyone keep it billions of years old?

Are Saturn's Moons Younger than the Dinosaurs?

Stunning admissions show that secular astronomers can't keep Saturn's moons billions of years old.
The geyser plumes of Enceladus can be seen from long distances

Tiny Enceladus Beats Saturn in Plasma Output

An astonishing case of the tail wagging the dog: tiny moon is major source of plasma in Saturn's magnetosphere.

Density Can't Keep Saturn's Rings Old

Saturn's B ring is much less dense than previously thought, challenging attempts to keep it billions of years old.

Updates from Outer Planets

Let's review some of the latest news from missions to the outer planets.

Cassini Plunges Through Enceladus Geyser, and Other Saturn News

Yesterday's daring plunge through a plume of an Enceladus geyser is the highlight of recent Saturn news.

Pounding Headaches for Solar System Dates

It's hard to tell when things crashed into each other.

New Pluto Images Even More Perplexing

Pluto has terrain like no other world, leaving scientists perplexed; Enceladus' activity is also inexplicable for "geologic time".

Planet Recipe Cooked Up

Just add pebbles, stir, and get a planet. Is it real science, or just a game show?

Saturn Surprises

Cassini keeps revealing puzzling phenomena in the Saturn system that challenge traditional theories and date estimates.

Pluto Is Young

The New Horizons science team is stunned by surface features on Pluto and its large moon Charon that cannot be billions of years old.

Pluto Inbound Image Stuns Scientists

It's not a featureless orb: Pluto has a whale and a heart. A "complex and nuanced" surface shows that Pluto and its large moon Charon had a history.

Desperately Seeking Life Beyond Earth

Earth life cannot be unique. How about you, Mars? Europa, anything? Enceladus? Comet 67P? Please break the silence!

Making Up Facts to Fit a Narrative

To be a good evolutionary scientist, write your narrative first. Then observe things. Finally, make up a model that fits the narrative.

Titan: Planetary Scientists Invent Imaginary Histories

Getting from then to now is more poetic license than demonstrable fact.

Solar System Puzzles Needing Explanation

Here are some of the latest observations that are baffling planetary scientists.

Moon Origin Models Require Cheating

You can't get Earth's moon from a planetary collision without quasi-miraculous tweaks to the models.

It's Curtains for Enceladus

The geysers of Saturn's little moon are like sheets instead of jets, spelling trouble for theories of its ancient age and possible life.