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November 30, 2015
Mars to lose its largest moon, Phobos, but gain a ring
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 25, 2015
Mars' largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet, but rather than smash into the surface, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a ring like the rings encircling Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. Though inevitable, the demise of Phobos is not imminent. It will probably happen in 20 to 40 million years, leaving a ring that will persist for anywhere from one million to 100 million years, according to two young earth scientists at the University of Cali ... read more
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Next Giant Leap, No Small Steps
Our focus at the Space Launch System (SLS) program is on building a new rocket - the most powerful in the world. On its first test flight, Exploration Mission-1, SLS will carry atop it an uncrewed O ... more

Simulating SLS Booster Separation
NASA's new heavy-lift launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 15% more payload than Saturn V and three times the payload of the space shuttle, requiring innovative rocket design. ... more

Two Moons About Saturn
Although Dione (near) and Enceladus (far) are composed of nearly the same materials, Enceladus has a considerably higher reflectivity than Dione. As a result, it appears brighter against the dark ni ... more
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Cassini Finds Monstrous Ice Cloud in Titan's South Polar Region
New observations made near the south pole of Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft add to the evidence that winter comes in like a lion on this moon of Saturn. Scientists have detected a monstrous new ... more


Deserts and dunes: Earth as an analogue for Titan
By comparing radar images of areas on Titan to those of Earth's deserts, scientists have identified two distinct types of sand dune on Saturn's largest moon - and discovered eroded structures that i ... more

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Cassini Plunged Into Icy Plumes of Enceladus
The Cassini spacecraft took a daring plunge into the icy geysers of Saturn's moon Enceladus this week in search of telltale signs of a habitable environment. The plume continuously jets thousands of ... more

Disk gaps don't always signal planets
When astronomers study protoplanetary disks of gas and dust that surround young stars, they sometimes spot a dark gap like the Cassini division in Saturn's rings. It has been suggested that any gap ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Elbit to supply Hermes 900 HFE UAS to Switzerland

China's hypersonic weapon capable of overcoming air defense systems

Coalition hits boats carrying arms to Yemen rebels: military

Pakistan airstrikes kill 17 militants: army

Turkey denies suspending Syria air strikes after Russia crisis

Updated communications systems for China's Su-35 fighters

Philippines goes supersonic again with S. Korean fighter jets


Cassini images dunelands on Saturn's moon Titan
Cassini's documentation of Saturn and its myriad satellites continues. On Monday, NASA shared a new Cassini image showcasing the dunelands of Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons. ... more

NASA spacecraft plunges through Saturn moon's icy spray
On the hunt for alien worlds that might support life, NASA's unmanned Cassini spacecraft has survived its closest-ever dive through the icy spray coming from Saturn's moon Enceladus. ... more

Did Jupiter Expel A Rival Gas Giant
It's like something out of an interplanetary chess game. Astrophysicists at the University of Toronto have found that a close encounter with Jupiter about four billion years ago may have resulted in ... more
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Close Encounter with Enceladus
Over 980 million miles or about 1.6 billion kilometers from home, NASA's Cassini spacecraft hurtles through the starry expanse of space. From its vantage point orbiting Saturn, Earth is nothing more ... more

Scientists Predict that Rocky Planets Formed from "Pebbles"
Using a new process in planetary formation modeling, where planets grow from tiny bodies called "pebbles," Southwest Research Institute scientists can explain why Mars is so much smaller than Earth. ... more
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To save the earth, better nitrogen use on a hungrier planet must be addressed

Decarbonizing tourism: Would you pay US$11 for a carbon-free holiday?

Tallest trees could die of thirst in rainforest droughts

Stretchy slabs found in the deep Earth

Sensor sees nerve action as it happens

Climate can grind mountains faster than they can be rebuilt

How the Earth's Pacific plates collapsed


Seven Key Facts About Cassini's Oct 28 Plume Dive
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will sample the ocean of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when it flies through the moon's plume of icy spray. Cassini launched in 1997 and entered orbi ... more

NASA Completes Critical Design Review for Space Launch System
For the first time in almost 40 years, a NASA human-rated rocket has completed all steps needed to clear a critical design review (CDR). The agency's Space Launch System (SLS) is the first vehicle d ... more

Cassini Begins Series of Flybys with Close-up of Saturn Moon Enceladus
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will wrap up its time in the region of Saturn's large, icy moons with a series of three close encounters with Enceladus starting Wednesday, Oct. 14. Images are expected to ... more

Closest-ever Views of Saturn's Moon Enceladus
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun returning its best-ever views of the northern extremes of Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus. The spacecraft obtained the images during its Oct. 14 flyby, ... more

Cassini Begins Series of Flybys of Enceladus
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will wrap up its time in the region of Saturn's large, icy moons with a series of three close encounters with Enceladus starting Wednesday, Oct. 14. Images are expected to ... more

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Mars colonisation still far off: Amitabh Ghosh
NASA scientist Amitabh Ghosh said on Friday that though the discovery of liquid water on Mars opens up immense possibilities, colonization of the red planet is still a distant possibility. "Am ... more

NASA's Space Launch System is the Rocket for the Ride to Mars
NASA is going to Mars, and here on Earth, the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is the first stop for building the world's most powerful rocket for the ride - the Space L ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Researchers find new, inexpensive way to clean water from oil sands production

Stanford technology makes metal wires on solar cells nearly invisible to light

Australian-first safety guide and study show what's in store for our energy future

New access to the interior of electronic components

HKUST scientists explain the theory behind Ising superconductivity

Designing PV panels so attractive they turn the neighbors green

New step towards producing cheap and efficient renewable fuels


Watching an exoplanet in motion around a distant star


Saturn's Moon Enceladus Hosts A Global Ocean


Cassini Finds Global Ocean in Saturn's Moon Enceladus


Under Saturnian moon's icy crust lies a 'global' ocean


At Saturn, One of These Rings is not like the Others


Starshade identifies celestial objects at McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope


Discovery of the Origin of Saturn's F Ring and Its Shepherd Satellites


A new model of gas giant planet formation


Planetary pebbles were building blocks for the largest planets


Cassini's Final Breathtaking Close Views of Dione

Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione

Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione

Gemini-discovered world is most like Jupiter

Saturn's rings in a supercomputer

Scientists solve planetary ring riddle

Microlensing used to find distant Uranus-sized planet

New Names and Insights at Ceres

Unusual Red Arcs Spotted on Icy Saturn Moon

Bright Basin on Tethys

'Bathtub Rings' Suggest Titan's Dynamic Seas

Earth and Mars Could Share A Life History

Barnacles Explain Life at the Extreme

Early Titan Was a Cold, Hostile Place For Life

Advances in Robots Needed to Explore Icy Moons

Titan's atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought

Dissolving Titan

Small thunderstorms may add up to massive cyclones on Saturn

Saturn's Invisible Ring is Much Larger Than Scientists First Thought

Saturn Spacecraft to Buzz Icy Moon Dione June 16

Cassini Sends Final Close Views of Odd Moon Hyperion

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