Why Orion's Launch Is The Best News For Humanity In A Long Time

I have always been sad that I never got to see the beginning of humanity’s ultimate journey, and even sadder to realise that in 1972 we abandoned a path that could have possibly gotten us to Mars and other planets by now. Today, we opened the gate to that path again. We should rejoice — we are going back to the stars.

Crescent Saturn And Its Crescent Moon

Crescent Saturn and its crescent moon. This has to be one of the most beautiful pairs of heavenly bodies we’re lucky to see, thanks to the Cassini spacecraft.

Saturn's Two Largest Moons -- Rhea And Titan -- Line Up For The Cassini Orbiter

Saturn’s two largest moon — Rhea and Titan — line up for the Cassini orbiter. Rhea’s pock-marked surface provides a beautiful contrast to the golden glow of Titan — though they’re both actually made up of largely similar material. [ESA]

Sunlight Reflecting Off The Hydrocarbon Seas Of Saturn's Moon, Titan

Photo: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft catches a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn’s large moon Titan.

One Of Saturn's Moons Could Have A Subterranean Sea

NASA scientists have been taking a closer look at Saturn’s moon Mimas thanks to Cassini’s roving eyes, and they have made an interesting discovery: it could have an ocean of water beneath its surface.

Saturn Moon Looks Like A Wasp Nest, And It May Freak Some People Out

Check out this stunningly crispy photo of Saturn moon’s Hyperion — taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Apparently it is inhabited by alien wasps the size of cars or at least it looks like a wasp nest to me. So gross!* New analysis of Cassini’s data reveal that, if there are giant alien wasps, they are producing electrons.

Not Quite The Moon On A Stick, But Not Far Off

Briefly: This is Tethys, one of Saturn’s icy moons, from a perspective that makes it look like it’s stuck to the A and F rings of the planet. [NASA]

Titan Has A Huge Toxic Cloud Swirling Over Its South Pole

If you’re thinking of heading off on a spacecation, can we recommend that you don’t visit Titan’s south pole. Because not only is it cold and stormy — but new research also reveals that it’s toxic too.

Behold The Awesome Nebulae Flybys In This New In Saturn's Rings Teaser

Our friends of In Saturn’s Rings have a new teaser for their incoming 4K IMAX grand tour of the Universe, made using millions of high definition photographs taken by telescopes and spacecraft. There are no 3D models in these videos. Just photos, animated by 67 volunteers from all over the world.

Cool History Of Evolution Turns Lifeforms Into Robots

Video: This ad for the German technology store Saturn makes as much sense as a Transformers movie: Zero. But I like how it tells the evolution of life on Earth making a parallel with the evolution of human technology.