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Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn



Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne played a vital role in the planned plunge of NASA's Cassini spacecraft into Saturn. As the spacecraft entered the atmosphere, Aerojet Rocketdyne's onboard Reaction Control Thrusters worked to counter atmospheric torques, helping Cassini fight to keep its high-gain antenna pointed at Earth as it relayed its final data to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. These measurements of the atmosphere's composition are anticipated to be scientifically incredibly rich and valuable. "The succ ... read more

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NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Sat ... more
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Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
When the Cassini spacecraft ends its mission Friday morning, melting and breaking apart in Saturn's atmosphere, Candy Hansen will be filled with sadness as well as satisfaction. Hansen, a Seni ... more
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Cassini readies final plunge into Saturn
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
NASA's Cassini probe is counting its final hours before one last plunge into Saturn on Friday that will cap a fruitful 13-year mission that greatly expanded knowledge about the gas giant. ... more
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CU Boulder Scientists Ready for Cassini Mission to Saturn Grand Finale
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
University of Colorado Boulder Professor Larry Esposito has been eying the fabulous rings of Saturn for much of his career, beginning as a team scientist on NASA's Pioneer 11 mission when he discove ... more
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Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan. The spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan ... more
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Europe's Science Highlights With Cassini
Paris (ESA) Sep 11, 2017
The international Cassini-Huygens mission has explored Saturn and its rings and moons for 13 years, and will conclude by plunging into the planet's atmosphere next week. This article highlights some ... more
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Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy After Cassini
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 11, 2017
As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration. In revealing that Satur ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Voyager Spacecraft: 40 Years of Solar System Discoveries
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
In 1977, two NASA space probes destined to forever upend our view of the solar system launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The identical spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, took off in Augu ... more
EXO WORLDS
Could TRAPPIST-1's Seven Earth-size Planets Have Gas Giant Siblings
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
New work from a team of Carnegie scientists (and one Carnegie alumnus) asked whether any gas giant planets could potentially orbit TRAPPIST-1 at distances greater than that of the star's seven known ... more
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Cassini's 21st dive is over
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 05, 2017
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement s ... more


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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA's Webb Telescope will study our solar system's ocean worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will use its infrared capabilities to study the "ocean worlds" of Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus, adding to observations previously made by NASA' ... more
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NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space. News ... more
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Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its fi ... more
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Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's l ... more



Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space
Sydney, Australia (The Conversation) Sep 19, 2017
As humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals. Access to such resources remains important as the economy moves into space. Here, water has emerged as the pre-eminent resource to exploit first. The question then becomes, from where will we extract the wat ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
45 Kilometers on the Odometry for Opportunity
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Splashdown! Crashing into Martian mud
Researchers create first global map of water in moon's soil
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
In research that may prove useful to future lunar explorers, scientists from Brown University have created the first quantitative map of water and its chemical building blocks trapped in the uppermost portion of the Moon's soil. The study, published in Science Advances, builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule - hydroxyl, which consists of one atom each of hy ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan. The spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan Sep 10 at 12:04 p.m. PDT (3:04 p.m. EDT), at an altitude of 73,974 miles (119,049 kilometers) above the moon's surface. The spacecraft is scheduled to make contact with Earth on Sept. 12 at about 6:1 ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Cassini readies final plunge into Saturn
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
One of Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the future. Link Space uncovered the desi ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Hibernation Over, New Horizons Continues Kuiper Belt Cruise
Laurel MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
A long summer break ended for NASA's New Horizons on Sept. 11, as the spacecraft "woke" itself on schedule from a five-month hibernation period. Signals confirming that New Horizons had executed on-board computer commands to exit hibernation reached mission operations at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, via NASA's Deep Space Network station in Madrid, Spain, at 12:55 p. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Hubble observes pitch black planet
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about WASP-12b's atmosphere. The results are also in stark contrast to observations of another similarly sized exoplanet. Using the Space Tele ... more
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The return of the comet-like exoplanet
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
X-rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-hosting Stars
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended survey of atmospheric chemistry ever attempted in one place, in many cases using new measurement devices created especially for this project. Now, after years of analysis, their comprehensive synthesis o ... more
Plesetsk, Russia (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Sentinel-5P launch preparations in full swing
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
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El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
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The beam of invisibility
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers from Vienna University, together with colleagues from Greece and the USA, have now developed a new idea for a cloaking technology. A completely opaque material is irradiated from above with a specific wave pattern - with the effect that light waves from the left can now pass through the material without any obstruction. This surprising result opens up completely new possibiliti ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
First neutron beam produced: A great milestone for CSNS
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
UCLA physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe
NASA-funded research at USC provides evidence of ground-ice on asteroids
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has revealed new evidence for the occurrence of ground ice on the protoplanet Vesta. The work, under the sponsorship of NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics program, is part of ongoing efforts at USC Viterbi to improve water detectability techniques in terrestrial and planetary subsurfaces using radar and microwave imaging techniques. Th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Bleak outlook for Asian glaciers
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Asia's mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by century's end, with dire consequences for millions of people who rely on them for fresh water, researchers said Wednesday. This is a best-case scenario, based on the assumption that the world manages to limit average global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial le ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Study shows Arctic sea ice continues to melt considerably
Umea, Sweden (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate
Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
One of Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the future. Link Space uncovered the desi ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
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Bleak outlook for Asian glaciers
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Asia's mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by century's end, with dire consequences for millions of people who rely on them for fresh water, researchers said Wednesday. This is a best-case scenario, based on the assumption that the world manages to limit average global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial le ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Study shows Arctic sea ice continues to melt considerably
Umea, Sweden (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate
Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists
Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan. The spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan Sep 10 at 12:04 p.m. PDT (3:04 p.m. EDT), at an altitude of 73,974 miles (119,049 kilometers) above the moon's surface. The spacecraft is scheduled to make contact with Earth on Sept. 12 at about 6:1 ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Cassini readies final plunge into Saturn
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn


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