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NASA captures mystery objects ORBITING a ring on Saturn

NASA 發現在土星環上運行的神秘物體

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft continues its weekly ring-grazing orbits, diving just past the outside of Saturn’s F ring, it is tracking several small, persistent objects there.

Curiously, scientists state that the unidentified objects may have SOLID bodies inside, given the fact that they have already survived several ‘collisions’.


NASA 卡西尼-惠更斯號(Cassini-Huygens )太空船在進行每週的掠環軌道(   ring-grazing orbits )任務,當它經過土星F 環外面時,它在環中追蹤到一些體積小且有一貫性、持續性的物體。




This annotated version of the images shows the objects, informally called F16QA (right image) and F16QB (left image). › Full image



NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has picked up images showing two strange objects hovering over Saturn’s F-ring, reports the space agency’s website. These have been dubbed as F16QA (right image) and F16QB (left image). Researchers indicate that objects occasionally crash through the F ring’s bright nucleus, producing spectacular collision structures, and since they have survived several of them, scientists believe that they might contain solid bodies inside them.


NASA 在網站上報告:NASA 的卡西尼-惠更斯號太空船拍攝的圖片顯示,有兩個奇怪的物體徘徊在土星F 環上。它們的綽號是F16QA 右圖F16QB左圖。研究人員表示,這些物體偶然撞到土星F 環的亮慧核(nucleus),產生壯觀的撞擊結構。它們已經在這種情況下存活很多次,所以科學家相信它們的內部可能含有固體。


According to NASA, the images were obtained using the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Feb. 5, 2017, at a distance of 610,000 miles (982,000 kilometers, left image) and 556,000 miles (894,000 kilometers, right image) from the F ring. Image scale is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) per pixel.

The faint entourage of dust that is seen around the objects in the photographs is probably the result of a recent collision. Scientists suggest that they have been formed following the disturbances caused by the moon Prometheus. However, that’s just one theory which proves the outer planets in our solar system are far more mysterious than we ever imagined.


根據NASA 的說法,這些圖片是使用卡西尼-惠更斯號太空船的窄角相機於2017 年二月五日拍攝的,並且是從距離土星F 610,000 英里(也就是982,000 公里,左圖以及556,000英里(也就是894,000公里,右圖)的地方拍攝的。這些圖片的影像比例尺大約是每像素4 英里(6 公里)。


在圖片中,佈滿灰塵的周圍環境可以在物體周遭看到,這或許是近期碰撞的結果。科學家表示,它們是在月亮普羅米修斯(土衛十六,S/1980 S 27, Prometheus)引起擾動後形成的。然而,這只是一個理論,證明我們太陽系的外行星要比我們所想像的更加神秘。


Experts suggest that the objects form as loose clumps in the F-ring core.

The enigmatic objects were detected for the first time in spring of 2016 as the spacecraft passed from more equatorial orbits into orbits with a steep incline over the planet’s equator.

The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.


專家表示,這些物體在土星F 環的核中形成鬆散的團塊。這些神秘的物體在2016 年的春天被第一次偵測到,那時太空船正經過更多環赤道軌道,進入其他軌道,這些軌道中有一個陡坡位在土星赤道上。


卡西尼-惠更斯號任務是一個NASA 和歐洲太空總署(ESAthe European Space Agency )、義大利太空總署(Agenzia Spaziale ItalianaASI)的合作計畫。噴射推進實驗室( The Jet Propulsion LaboratoryJPL)是位於帕薩迪納市的加利福尼亞理工學院的一個部門,它為NASA 科學任務理事會(NASA’s Science Mission Directorate)管理任務,這個理事會位在華盛頓。卡西尼-惠更斯號和它搭載的兩個攝影機是由噴射推進實驗室設計、研發、組裝的。圖像處理中心則是位在科羅拉多州博爾德的太空科學研究所。


For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and http://www.nasa.gov/cassini . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.


想進一步了解卡西尼-惠更斯號任務請到:http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and http://www.nasa.gov/cassini卡西尼號圖像團隊主頁:http://ciclops.org 


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