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Saturn is losing its rings at ‘worst-case-scenario’ rate

by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, ScienceDaily

New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn’s magnetic field.

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Saturn’s biggest moon could support a new kind of alien life

by David Nield, Science Alert

Life, uh, finds a way

When it comes to looking for life on other planets, scientists tend to focus their search on planets that have the right conditions for liquid water to form, but Saturn’s moon Titan might just point the way to the existence of life without water.

Researchers in the US have been analysing the chemical composition of Saturn’s largest satellite, and think the presence of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) molecules in the atmosphere could pave the way for different forms of life to evolve. Continue reading Saturn’s biggest moon could support a new kind of alien life