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The Great White Spot: A Look at the Science behind Saturn’s Storms and Missions (Fall 2017)

Saturn is surrounded by 62 moons, Titan and Enceladus being two that have been recently explored by the Cassini mission orchestrated by NASA. This mission has revealed previously unseen events that have changed our understanding of how planetary systems form and what conditions might lead to habitats for earth-like life. With Enceladus’s global ocean, unique chemistry and internal heat, it has great potential to be one of the world’s where earth-like life could exist. Along with Enceladus, Titan contains molecular substances that have the ability to support life. The question we wish to answer with this project is: how do we know there is the possibility for life on Saturn’s moons, Titan and Enceladus?

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Life on Titan and Enceladus (Spring 2017)

Saturn is surrounded by 62 moons, Titan and Enceladus being two that have been recently explored by the Cassini mission orchestrated by NASA. This mission has revealed previously unseen events that have changed our understanding of how planetary systems form and what conditions might lead to habitats for earth-like life. With Enceladus’s global ocean, unique chemistry and internal heat, it has great potential to be one of the world’s where earth-like life could exist. Along with Enceladus, Titan contains molecular substances that have the ability to support life. The question we wish to answer with this project is: how do we know there is the possibility for life on Saturn’s moons, Titan and Enceladus?

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Titan and Enceladus: Who Knew Moons Could Be So Interesting? (Winter 2017)

When you think of our Moon, you probably picture a plain, grey, crater-filled place without much else going for it. Two of Saturn’s moons, Titan and Enceladus, couldn’t be more different from this description. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. Though, it is well known for its phenomenal rings, few know that Saturn has 62 moons. Even lesser known is just how interesting the moons can be! Titan is Saturn’s largest moon and is the only object in space other than Earth where clear evidence of surface lakes has been found.

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Saturn’s Rings (Fall 2016)

he fascination of the beauty of Saturn’s rings has lead astronomers to conquer many obstacles to discover the composition, as well as the mystery behind the visibility of Saturn’s rings. Research began because of human curiosity about this wonderful phenomenon and continued because of our realization that by understanding the rings, we might be able to understand how the solar system formed, and furthermore, could potentially predict how it will evolve.

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Saturn’s Rings and the Cassini Division (Winter 2016)

Saturn’s rings puzzled astronomers for many years after they were first observed in 1610. Saturn is not the only planet with rings. In fact, all the other gas planets-Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune-also have rings but they are just not as large or vivid as Saturn’s.

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