Spacecraft witnesses massive release of ethylene gas on Saturn

10/25/2012 | Los Angeles Times

NASA's Cassini spacecraft witnessed a 150 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase and a massive release of ethylene gas by Saturn as the probe collects data on a 2-year storm that surrounded the planet. The temperature during the gas release reached up to minus 64 degrees Fahrenheit, scientists said. "To get a temperature change of the same scale on Earth, you'd be going from the depths of winter in Fairbanks, Alaska, to the height of summer in the Mojave Desert," said the study's lead author Brigette Hesman of the University of Maryland.

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