Today I learned of NASA's upcoming Dragonfly mission, in which NASA will launch a nuclear powered drone weighing half a ton to Saturn's moon Titan. The plan is that the nuclear powered drone will fly around on Titan, scouting its terrain while searching for complex and prebiotic chemistry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
It rains diamonds in abundance on Saturn and Jupiter. These two planets are the largest in our solar system and are filled with gas with extreme negative temperatures that under the effect of lightning produced by thunderstorms produce more than 1000 tons of diamond every year. nypost.com/2013/10/15/its…
The great conjunction is the time where Jupiter and Saturn meet. It coincides with winter solstice this year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In 1977 Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune were entering a rare alignment that occurs every 175 years. This happened to be when humans were first attempting space exploration so we were coincidentally able to send Voyager 2 on a flyby of all four planets on its way out of the solar system. nasa.gov/feature/40-years…
The outermost ring of Saturn to date is so massive that it could fit 1 Billion Earths inside of it. space.com/48-saturn-the-s…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
We have seven-day weeks today because the ancient Babylonians observed seven objects in the heavens -- The Sun, The Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn -- and based their weeks on that. discovermagazine.com/plan…
When Voyager 1 took the first photographs of Iapetus (Saturns 3rd largest moon) it noticed a distinct black spot at its center. Carl Sagan sent the picture to Arthur C. Clarke (Author of 2001: A space odyssey) along with the words "Thinking of you..." attached. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
While the blueprints to the Saturn V rockets still exist, the manufacturing industries that built them do not, making building new ones prohibitively expensive. moonhoaxdebunked.com/2017…
Today I learned about a Mississippi born alligator named Saturn. He was gifted to the Berlin Zoo in 1936, escaped during the allied bombing in 1943. British soldiers found Saturn 3 years later and gifted him to the Soviet Union. He died at Moscow Zoo on May 22, 2020 (approx 83 years old) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Today I learned of a widely held theory that both Neptune's Triton moon, and Saturn's Phoebe moon, originated in the Kuiper Belt, a circumstellar disc in the outer solar system beyond Neptune many believe contains comets, asteroids, and other small bodies made largely of ice, including Pluto. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuiper…
The days of the week come from the Norse names for the 7 Ptolemaic planets: Sun's day, Moon's day, Tiw's day, Woden's day, Thor's day, Freya's day, and Saturn's day techtimes.com/articles/35…
Saturn’s rings are just 100 million years old and formed when dinosaurs roamed Earth. This is much younger than Saturn, which formed about 4.5 billion years ago. Their age was determined by studying doppler-shifted radio signals from the doomed Cassini spacecraft. physicsworld.com/a/saturn…
NASA planned on sending a crew to do a flyby of Venus. They would launch on an altered Saturn V and use the third stage as a workshop once it was emptied of fuel. The crew would make direct observations of Venus, Mercury, and the Sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Saturn’s rings are much younger than the planet itself. Approximately only 150 million years old meaning that Sharks have been around 4x longer than Saturns rings. astronomy.com/news/2019/0…
Saturn has a massive hexagon-shaped cloud in its north pole whose cause is hypothesized to be either a six-sided jetstream or changing of seasons on the planet itself. solarsystem.nasa.gov/reso…
It Rains Diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The atmosphere in Titan, Saturn's Moon, is so thick and the gravity so low, that humans could fly through it by flapping "wings" attached to their arms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atm…
The houses in Indian village of Shani Shingnapur have no locks or doors, with the villagers believing that Lord Shani, the god of Saturn, guards the village, and that thieves will immediately be punished with blindness, and anyone dishonest will face seven-and-a-half years of bad luck bbc.com/travel/story/2016…
Square originally chose to develop games for the Sega Saturn instead of the PlayStation. This changed after they received the development manuals for each. The Saturn's was in a loose binder, implying Sega was making changes, while the PlayStation's was bound in a book, implying confidence. youtube.com/watch?v=XB0mg…
Saturns’ rings are, cosmically speaking, a very brief event. We are about halfway through their 200 million year lifespan and are very lucky as a species to be alive to witness them. β€œSome velociraptor with a telescope looking at Saturn would not have seen rings.” pbs.org/video/the-planets…
Saturn's moon S/2006 S 3 was once considered lost in 2006 as it was not seen since its discovery that same year. The moon was later recovered and announced in October 2019 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S/2…
In 2008, NASA announced that Saturn's moon, Rhea, may have a tenuous ring system. This would mark the first discovery of rings around a moon. However, when Cassini made targeted observations of the putative ring plane from several angles, no evidence of ring material was found en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhe…
Starting as a graduate student at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, Scott Sheppard was credited with the discovery of many small moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Sheppard discovered a total of 23 minor planets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
17th century Vatican librarian Leo Allatius wrote a treatise entitled De Praeputio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Diatriba (A Discussion of the Foreskin of Our Lord Jesus Christ), claiming that the Holy Prepuce ascended , like Jesus himself, and was transformed into the rings of Saturn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Jupiter's magnetosphere is much larger than the sun, it reaches the outer orbit of Saturn, and if it was visible in the night sky, it would be twice the size of a full moon. You can sometimes hear it on a radio station. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Carrie Henn as Newt in James Cameron's Aliens (1986) was chosen out of 500 children. Although she had no previous acting experience, she received a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. It is her only credited acting role as she opted not to pursue an acting career en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
USA spent about 24 billion dollars on the β€œSaturn-Apollo” program until 1969, which would correspond to the sum of about 150 billion dollars today. It was the price to pay to make history, for the first people on the Moon to be American astronauts. needforscience.com/astron…
The magnetosphere of Jupiter, extends up to seven million kilometers in the Sun's direction and almost to the orbit of Saturn in the opposite direction. If it was visible from Earth, in the night sky, it would be roughly 4 to 5 times bigger than our moon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
On May 11, 1995, during the first E3, Sega announced their new Saturn console would cost $400 and shockingly had been shipped to select retailers that same day. During their keynote, Sony announced the Playstation would launch at $300. Sega would exit the console business six years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seg…
There’s an exoplanet with rings 200 times larger than Saturn’s. astronomynow.com/2015/01/…
Francisco Goya, depressed and having survived 2 life threatening illnesses in his later years, decorated his house with 14 "black paintings" with bleak themes. The famous "Saturn Devouring His Son" was a mural in his dining room en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned about the dwarf planet Chiron in our solar system. It orbits our sun between Saturn and Uranus and even has its own rings. The orbit of Chiron is highly eccentric, which makes scientists speculate it may originate from outside our solar system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/206…
The entire surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, can move several kilometers per month, suggesting that there is an ocean underneath the surface. wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_…
Saturn, an American Alligator born in 1936, who is rumored to have been a favorite of Hitler. After the Battle of Berlin he was captured by the British and given to the Soviets. He was moved to Moscow Zoo after the war where he still lives today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Saturn could float in water. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
One of the great results of the 'Cassini' mission was the finding that the beautiful Saturn rings are a transient structure. In about a hundred million years, the ring will disappear, leaving behind a depleted version of Jupiter with less shimmering colors. needforscience.com/astron…
Saturn’s rings are only about 100 yards thick caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpso…
Jupiter is no longer considered to be the planet with the most moons. With a recent find of 20 additional moons, Saturn surpasses Jupiter with 82 moons, compared to Jupiters measly 79. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
From June 14 to 19 2019, the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn all lined up. Binoculars allow observers to able to see the shape of Jupiter and its four brightest moons -- those discovered by Galileo cnn.com/2019/06/06/us/jup…
The first person to actually look at Saturn in a telescope was Galileo. He saw a strange oval-shaped planet. He thought the planet might have ears, or two small balls on either side. Later observations showed that these were actually Saturn’s grand ring system universetoday.com/46237/w…
The acoustic sound wave from the Saturn V rocket on takeoff would have melted the concrete on the launchpad without the water-based acoustic suppression system interestingengineering.co…
The Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 12 mission was hit twice by lightning. 36.5 seconds after launch. lightning hit as it ascended the cloud layer, setting off alarms due to guidance systems errors. 15 second later it was hit again and instruments no longer displayed meaningful information history.nasa.gov/afj/ap12…
Huygens, an ESA spacecraft, was launched from Earth on October 15, 1997 to land successfully on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005. That's 1.2 billion kilometers. Its six instruments gathered atmospheric data and continued sending it 90min after touchdown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huy…
A day on Saturn is equal to 10 Hrs 33 Min and 38 Seconds (10:33:38) whereas 1 year on Saturn = 29 Earth Years according to the new analysis of Cassini data. jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.ph…
Today I learned about Stephenson 2-18, which is a red supergiant (RSG) star that has a volume around 10 billion times bigger than the Sun and If placed at the center of the Solar System, its photosphere would engulf the entire orbit of Saturn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Titan (Saturn’s largest moon) has an atmosphere so dense, you wouldn’t need a spacesuit to walk on the surface. However, you would still need an oxygen mask and protection from the extreme cold (-290F/-179C). solarsystem.nasa.gov/moon…
On January 14, 2005, the Cassini spacecraft landed the Hguyens probe on the surface of Saturn’s moon, Titan. It is the first probe to land on a surface in the outer solar system and remains the farthest any man-made spacecraft has landed. sci-news.com/space/scienc…
There are 7 days in a week thanks to the Babylonians, who lived in modern-day Iraq. As keen observers of the heavens, the Babylonians adopted 7 days because they observed 7 celestial bodies β€” the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
The Huygens probe pierced the shroud of Saturn's moon Titan in 2005 to reveal a surprisingly Earth-like world. But until Huygens sent back its first images, scientists weren't sure if it would splash down into a methane ocean, sink into a tar pit, crash into jagged rocks, or tumble off a ravine. astronomy.com/magazine/ne…

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