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NASA Finds Moon of Saturn Has Chemical That Could Form ‘Membranes’

NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of life.

On Earth, acrylonitrile, also known as vinyl cyanide, is useful in the manufacture of plastics. Under the harsh conditions of Saturn’s largest moon, this chemical is thought to be capable of forming stable, flexible structures similar to cell membranes

 

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via Saturn Moon Has Chemical That Could Form ‘Membranes’ | NASA

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Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini is now on it’s way towards it’s grand and ultimately destructive finale! Using Saturn’s largest Moon titan to fling it into a polar orbit between Saturn’s ring and it’s outer atmosphere it will complete 22 weekly obits of Saturn before plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15th

via Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale / Cassini-Huygens / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA

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Titan on flyby to Cassini’s final orbit

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/cassini-s-first-grand-finale-dive-milestones

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Sliver of Saturn

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Although only a sliver of Saturn’s sunlit face is visible in this view, the mighty gas giant planet still dominates the view.

From this vantage point just beneath the ring plane, the dense B ring becomes dark and essentially opaque, letting almost no light pass through. But some light reflected by the planet passes through the less dense A ring, which appears above the B ring in this photo. The C ring, silhouetted just below the B ring, lets almost all of Saturn’s reflected light pass right through it, as if it were barely there at all. The F ring appears as a bright arc in this image, which is visible against both the backdrop of Saturn and the dark sky.

via Sliver of Saturn | NASA

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Images from the closest pass yet of Saturn’s RingS

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The Cassini probe has been capturing the most detailed and amazing images yet of Saturn’s rings. The spacecraft is making it’s final passes before it is plunged into Saturn later on in the year.

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via NASA just captured some of the most mind-blowing images of Saturn’s icy rings ever – ScienceAlert

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