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The recent identification of large deposits of sulphates by remote sensing and in situ observations has been considered evidence of the past presence of liquid water on Mars. Here we report the unambiguous detection of diverse phyllosilicates, a family of aqueous alteration products, on the basis of observations by the OMEGA imaging spectrometer on board(More)
The origin of Phoebe, which is the outermost large satellite of Saturn, is of particular interest because its inclined, retrograde orbit suggests that it was gravitationally captured by Saturn, having accreted outside the region of the solar nebula in which Saturn formed. By contrast, Saturn's regular satellites (with prograde, low-inclination, circular(More)
Observations of Saturn's satellite Enceladus using Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer instrument were obtained during three flybys of Enceladus in 2005. Enceladus' surface is composed mostly of nearly pure water ice except near its south pole, where there are light organics, CO2, and amorphous and crystalline water ice, particularly in the(More)
Titan is the only satellite in our Solar System with a dense atmosphere. The surface pressure is 1.5 bar (ref. 1) and, similar to the Earth, N2 is the main component of the atmosphere. Methane is the second most important component, but it is photodissociated on a timescale of 10(7) years (ref. 3). This short timescale has led to the suggestion that Titan(More)
Observations from the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer show an anomalously bright spot on Titan located at 80 degrees W and 20 degrees S. This area is bright in reflected light at all observed wavelengths, but is most noticeable at 5 microns. The spot is associated with a surface albedo feature identified in images taken by the Cassini(More)
Although water vapour is the main species observed in the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and water is the major constituent of cometary nuclei, limited evidence for exposed water-ice regions on the surface of the nucleus has been found so far. The absence of large regions of exposed water ice seems a common finding on the surfaces of many of the(More)
the Cassini spacecraft flew between the sun and Saturn on a trajectory such that the zero phase point passed through the rings. This event was recorded by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) aboard the spacecraft and a number of spectral image cubes (0.4<<5.2m) were obtained that showed the opposition point as it transited the rings (Fig1).(More)
In a companion paper [1] the Cassini VIMS observations of the transit of Saturn's rings by the zero phase point and the method of extracting phase curves of the opposition effect (OE) are described. We fitted a theoretical equation [2] that interprets the phase curves as a coherent backscatter opposition effect to the data. Figure 1 shows a typical fit, in(More)
Introduction: Compositionally, the surface of Enceladus is build up almost completely by water ice [1]. However, distinct variations in the size of water ice particles are apparent. As the band depths of water ice absorptions are sensitive to particle size, given constant abundance and viewing geometry, absorption depths can be used to map these variations(More)
Spectra from Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer reveal that the horizontal structure, height, and optical depth of Titan's clouds are highly dynamic. Vigorous cloud centers are seen to rise from the middle to the upper troposphere within 30 minutes and dissipate within the next hour. Their development indicates that Titan's clouds evolve(More)