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Pandora is one of Saturn's many baby moons, far too runty to form a sphere under its own gravity. Instead, this 84km across space rock looks more like a fossilized glob of silly putty in closest image ever captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Space is a freaky place, and few people understand that as well as NASA software engineer Kevin Gill. He regularly uses real data to inspire works of art he renders using complicated computer software. In the past, he has created visualisations of what Mars would look like if it were inhabited and what Earth would look like if it had rings. Now, he's released a series of images that show Saturn's moon Daphnis and its unusual relationship with the planet's rings.

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Saturn's moon Titan is a frigid hellscape by Earth standards, but it's also one of the most hopeful spots for discovering alien life in our solar system. A new scientific paper hints that conditions on Titan's surface might be favourable for the chemistry of life to emerge.

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Image Cache: If this feels like an optical illusion, your Saturn sense is dead on. The gas giant's rings don't crisscross at 90 degree angles. They do, however, cast shadows, a fact which the latest shot from the Cassini spacecraft illustrates beautifully.