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October 24, 2016
Going Out in a Blaze of Glory: Cassini's Grand Finale
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 21, 2016
With the conclusion of the international Cassini mission set for September 15, 2017, the spacecraft is poised to soon begin a thrilling two-part endgame. Cassini will enter the first part of this denouement on November 30, 2016, when the spacecraft begins a series of 20 passes just beyond the outer edge of the main rings. These weekly loops around Saturn are called the F ring orbits, and they send the spacecraft high above and below the planet's poles. During these orbits, Cassini will approach to ... read more

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Cassini data reveal subsurface ocean on Saturn's moon Dione
Subsurface oceans are all the rage. Titan and Enceladus have one. Europa and Pluto probably have one. Ceres might have one. Now, Saturn's moon Dione is getting in on the action. ... more

NASA scientists find 'impossible' cloud on Titan
The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought - possibly similar to one seen over Earth's ... more

Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn
After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned f ... more
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Titan's Dunes and Other Features Emerge in New Images
New scenes from a frigid alien landscape are coming to light in recent radar images of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini obtained the views during a close f ... more


35 years later Voyager's legacy continues at Saturn
Saturn, with its alluring rings and numerous moons, has long fascinated stargazers and scientists. After an initial flyby of Pioneer 11 in 1979, humanity got a second, much closer look at this compl ... more

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Most distant catch for ESA station
An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space. Following a seven-year journey to Saturn, the NASA/E ... more

Methane-Filled Canyons Line Titan's Surface
Liquid methane-filled canyons hundreds of meters deep with walls as steep as ski slopes etch the surface of Titan, researchers report in a new study. The new findings provide the first direct eviden ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US warns of 'overwhelming' response if N.Korea uses nukes

China slams 'provocative' US sail-by in South China Sea

China, Philippines agree to dialogue over Sea disputes

Russia puzzled by talk of US troop rotation in Norway

Airbus DS contracts with Intelsat General for European Defence Communications

Philippines' Duterte says will not sever US ties

Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers


Rhea Shines Brightly About Saturn
Rhea, like many moons in the outer solar system, appears dazzlingly bright in full sunlight. This is the signature of the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface. Rhea (949 miles or 1, ... more

Cassini discovers flooded canyon on Titan
Saturn's moon Titan is home to a steep canyon flooded with hydrocarbons. Radar instruments on Cassini revealed the canyon as the NASA probe explored the branches of Titan's northern sea Ligeia Mare. ... more

Cassini shares infrared imagery of Saturn clouds
Cassini's latest offering could be an abstract painting, a close-up of a marble or tie-dyed T-shirt. But according to NASA, which shared the image online Wednesday, the shot reveals Saturn's clouds. ... more
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Chemical trail on Titan may be key to prebiotic conditions
NASA's Cassini and Huygen's missions have provided a wealth of data about chemical elements found on Saturn's moon Titan, and Cornell scientists have uncovered a chemical trail that suggests prebi ... more

Chemical Trail Could Lead To Clues About Life On Titan
NASA's Cassini and Huygens missions have provided a wealth of data about chemical elements found on Saturn's moon Titan, and Cornell scientists have uncovered a chemical trail that suggests prebioti ... more
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Tobacco plants engineered to manufacture high yields of malaria drug

Research to help develop next-generation food crops

Europeans and Africans have different immune systems, and neanderthals are partly to thank

Resilient 'risky-and-reliable' plant use strategy may have driven Neolithization in Jordan

Study finds earliest evidence in fossil record for right-handedness

Receding glaciers in Bolivia leave communities at risk

How snakes lost a blueprint for making limbs


An Ocean Lies a Few Kilometers Beneath Enceladus's Icy Surface
With eruptions of ice and water vapor, and an ocean covered by an ice shell, Saturn's moon Enceladus is one of the most fascinating in the solar system, especially as interpretations of data provide ... more

Studying life on the rocks
Much of modern life is deeply impacted by the behavior of ice. Now, new work from a team at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in Palisades, New York, gives insights into what i ... more

Red and Golden Planets at Opposition
Earth is about to lap Mars and then Saturn in their race around the sun. The two planets have gathered together in the constellation Scorpius where they are shining brightly in the evening sky with ... more

Cassini goes up and over for final mission tour of Saturn
Cassini orbited in Saturn's ring plane - around the planet's equator - for most of 2015. This enabled a season of flybys of the planet's icy moons, but did not allow for angled views of the rings an ... more

Kepler-223 System Offers Clues to Planetary Migration
The four planets of the Kepler-223 star system appeared to have little in common with the planets of our own solar system today. But a new study using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope suggest ... more


Imaging the Encounter of a Lifetime
Jorge Nunez, a planetary scientist and engineer from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), is the deputy systems engineer of the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) ins ... more

Air Force demos key rocket engine technologies for new launch systems
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne achieved a major milestone under the Hydrocarbon Boost program, which is advancing domestic rocket engine technologies in sup ... more
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Algae discovery offers potential for sustainable biofuels

Phonon and magnon are a couple

New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies

UVA scientists create novel imaging technique with potential for medical diagnostics

New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

A window into battery life for next-gen lithium cells

How water flows near the superhydrophobic surface

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Exoplanets' Orbits Point to Planetary Migration


The hard knock life of Saturn's Epimetheus


Enceladus jets: surprises in starlight


Discovering the bath scum on Titan


Profile of a methane sea on Titan


Y Marks the Spot


Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust


Saturn spacecraft not affected by hypothetical Planet 9


Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds


Working Toward 'Seamless' Infrared Maps of Titan

Cassini Spies Titan's Tallest Peaks

Moons of Saturn may be younger than the dinosaurs

Computer model explains sustained eruptions on icy moon of Saturn

The Saturnian Sisters

The Tilted Terminator Of Enceladus

New photos show 'magic island' on Saturn's moon

Tethys, Janus pose with Saturn's rings in new NASA photo

Titan Temperature Lag Maps and Animation

Puzzling asteroid observations explained by destruction of asteroids close to Sun

Ices and shadows above Saturn

How Friendly Is Enceladus' Ocean To Life

New study challenges Jupiter's role as planetary shield, protecting Earth from comet impacts

Saturn's rings: less than meets the eye

Cassini Heads for 'Higher Ground' at Saturn

How and When to See Five Planets at Once

Lab discovery gives glimpse of conditions found on other planets

A Triple Play Out Saturn Way

Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

Creation of Jupiter interior, a step towards room temp superconductivity

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