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Just after coming within 25km (15.6 miles) of the surface of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini captured this stunning mosaic as the spacecraft sped away from this geologically active moon of Saturn.

Postcard from Saturn

By Daniel Smith on Sep 6, 12 10:03 AM

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A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Giant avalanches on an icy moon of Saturn may provide clues about devastating landslides on Earth, say scientists.

Images from the American space agency Nasa's Cassini spacecraft revealed 30 massive ice falls on Iapetus, a walnut-shaped moon girdled by steep 12-mile high mountains.

In 17 cases the avalanches plunged down crater walls, while another 13 swept down the sides of the equatorial mountain range.

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Titan's haze-covered limb seen by Cassini on June 6.

Here's a quick look at one of my favorite cosmic photo subjects - the varying layers of atmosphere that enshroud Saturn's enormous moon Titan.

The image above is a color-composite made from three raw images acquired by Cassini during its latest flyby.

Click to embiggen.

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Last week, the Cassini spacecraft swooped past Saturdn's moon of Enceladus - and came within 74 kilometers (46 miles) of its fractured, jet-spewing surface.

This was the last flyby of the moon until 2015. Click to embiggen.

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Daniel Smith - a long time ago, in a galaxy far away just north of Watford, Daniel fancied himself as a scientist but turned out to be the worst scientist since that bloke who mapped out all those canals on Mars that turned out to be scratches on his telescope's lens. Luckily, he is now not working on the Large Hadron Collider inadvertently creating a black hole that would swallow the world but is safely behind a desk writing this blog, bringing you the fantastical underbelly of nature... weird science.

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