on Cassini’s Final Year

On September 15, 2017, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere and be destroyed. It will be a sad day for science, but it’s one that we’ve known would be coming for a long time, and it’s decidedly not an accident.

The Mysterious Island

Right now, there’s a story going around (again) about the magic islands on Titan. In brief, the Cassini orbiter can see the flat seas of Titan as reflective patches, and the rough terrain above sea level as bright busy spots. Cassini has seen some rough patches appear and disappear in the large lakes of Titan….