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December 14, 2017
SATURN DAILY
Electrical and Chemical Coupling Between Saturn and Its Ring



Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A Langmuir probe, developed in Sweden and flown to Saturn on the Cassini spacecraft, has made exciting discoveries in the atmosphere of the planet. Jan-Erik Wahlund at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala and his colleagues show that there is a strong coupling, both chemically and electrically, between the atmosphere of Saturn and its rings. These research results have now been published in the well-respected journal Science. In April the American space agency NASA put the Cassini spa ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
A team of scientists using a state-of-the-art UCLA instrument reports the discovery of a planetary-scale "tug-of-war" of life, deep Earth and the upper atmosphere that is expressed in atmospheric ni ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
The Voyagers in Popular Culture
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 05, 2017
Whether you're traveling across cities, continents or even oceans this holiday season, there is no long-haul flight quite like that of the Voyagers. This year, we celebrated 40 years since the ... more
EXO WORLDS
Newly Discovered Twin Planets Could Solve Puffy Planet Mystery
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Since astronomers first measured the size of an extrasolar planet 17 years ago, they have struggled to answer the question: how did the largest planets get to be so large? Thanks to the recent disco ... more
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Unique atmospheric chemistry explains cold vortex on Saturn's moon Titan
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
New analysis suggests unique atmospheric chemistry explains why the polar vortex on Saturn's moon Titan isn't behaving as expected. ... more
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Unexpected atmospheric vortex behavior on Saturn's moon Titan
Bristol UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
A new study led by a University of Bristol earth scientist has shown that recently reported unexpected behaviour on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is due to its unique atmospheric chemistry. ... more
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Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
In a fitting farewell to the planet that had been its home for over 13 years, the Cassini spacecraft took one last, lingering look at Saturn and its splendid rings during the final leg of its journe ... more
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Heating ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years
Paris (ESA) Nov 08, 2017
Enough heat to power hydrothermal activity inside Saturn's ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years could be generated through tidal friction if the moon has a highly porous core, a new study find ... more
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Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 07, 2017
Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling study by European and U.S. res ... more
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ASA Advances Instrument to Study the Plumes of Enceladus
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
NASA scientists and engineers have conceived and plan to build an ambitious submillimeter-wave or radio instrument to study the composition of geysers spewing water vapor and icy particles from the ... more
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Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
The radiation belts of Earth and Saturn differ more strongly than previously assumed. In these belts, very energetic particles, such as electrons and protons, move around the planet at high velociti ... more


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NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of t ... more
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Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Until recently, astronomers assumed Saturn's A ring was contained by a single moon, Janus, the gas giant's largest. But new research shows the A ring, the outermost of Saturn's large, bright rings, is confined by seven moons. ... more
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Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists. Although the storms are relativel ... more
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Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings ... more



Designing future human space exploration on Hawaii's lava fields
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
On the lava fields of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, a team of NASA researchers and partners have been busy doing science in a most unusual way. They were studying the biology and geology of this remarkable terrain while simulating a realistic mission to the surface of Mars. The conditions were so real that many of the expected challenges of otherworldly exploration were recreated, including a ... more
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter
Robot Moon Base: Beijing's New Lunar Landing Program
Beijing (XNA) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists are mulling a robot moon station, Chinese space experts said on Tuesday. The base can conduct bigger, more complicated research and experiments, according to space officials who announced the plan at an international symposium in Shanghai at the end of November. Such a station could slash the costs of returning rock samples to Earth, Jiao Weixin, a Peking University space ... more
Dallas TX (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers analyze thousands of hours of Apollo mission audio
Miami (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Will Trump send Americans to the Moon? Money talks: experts
Washington DC (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon
Electrical and Chemical Coupling Between Saturn and Its Ring
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A Langmuir probe, developed in Sweden and flown to Saturn on the Cassini spacecraft, has made exciting discoveries in the atmosphere of the planet. Jan-Erik Wahlund at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala and his colleagues show that there is a strong coupling, both chemically and electrically, between the atmosphere of Saturn and its rings. These research results have now been publ ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Unique atmospheric chemistry explains cold vortex on Saturn's moon Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn
Bristol UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Unexpected atmospheric vortex behavior on Saturn's moon Titan
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
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Does New Horizons' Next Target Have a Moon?
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Scientists were already excited to learn this summer that New Horizons' next flyby target - a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles past Pluto - might be either peanut-shaped or even two objects orbiting one another. Now new data hints that 2014 MU69 might have company: a small moon. That's the latest theory coming from NASA's New Horizons team, as it continues to analyze telescope data on th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 13, 2017
Juno probes the depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Laurel MD (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
New Horizons Corrects Its Course in the Kuiper Belt
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Wrapping up 2017 one year out from MU69
Life's building blocks observed in spacelike environment
College Park, Maryland (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Where do the molecules required for life originate? It may be that small organic molecules first appeared on Earth and were later combined into larger molecules, such as proteins and carbohydrates. But a second possibility is that they originated in space, possibly within our solar system. A new study, published this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics, from AIP Publishing, shows that a numb ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
U of T researcher finds Earth-like conditions in little-known exoplanet - and discovers a new planet
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Space Mystery Solved by Student Satellite
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts is now solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by University of Colorado Boulder students. The results from the new study indicate energetic electrons in Earth's inner radiation belt - primarily near its inner edge - are created by cosmic ra ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Lockheed Martin strengthens weather forecasting with second next-generation weather satellite
Liverpool UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
'Smoke rings' in the ocean spotted from space
New manifestation of magnetic monopoles discovered
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
The startling similarity between the physical laws describing electric phenomena and those describing magnetic phenomena has been known since the 19th century. However, one piece that would make the two perfectly symmetric was missing: magnetic monopoles. While magnetic monopoles in the form of elementary particles remain elusive, there have been some recent successes in engineering objects that ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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Tucson, AZ (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
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Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 13, 2017
If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions. These exceptions are the hundreds of bright areas that stand out in images Dawn has returned. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these reflective areas formed and changed over time - processes indicative of an active, evolving world. "The m ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
OSIRIS-REx cruising towards rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Research shows why meteroids explode before they reach Earth
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Ceres' bright spots suggest the dwarf planet is geologically active
Tiny ice losses at Antarctica's fringes can accelerate ice loss far away
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A thinning of small areas of floating ice at Antarctica's coast can accelerate the movement of ice grounded on rocks hundreds of kilometers away, a new study shows. It is known that the ice shelves surrounding the continent regulate the ice flow from the land into the ocean. So far it was assumed that the ice flow is most vulnerable to melting at the base near the grounding line where the ... more
Hobart, Australia (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
World-first uses satellites and ocean models to explain Antarctic seafloor biodiversity
Miami (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Warming Arctic is 'new normal,' will affect us all: report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Extreme fieldwork, climate modeling yields new insight into predicting Greenland's melt
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
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Tiny ice losses at Antarctica's fringes can accelerate ice loss far away
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A thinning of small areas of floating ice at Antarctica's coast can accelerate the movement of ice grounded on rocks hundreds of kilometers away, a new study shows. It is known that the ice shelves surrounding the continent regulate the ice flow from the land into the ocean. So far it was assumed that the ice flow is most vulnerable to melting at the base near the grounding line where the ... more
Hobart, Australia (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
World-first uses satellites and ocean models to explain Antarctic seafloor biodiversity
Miami (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Warming Arctic is 'new normal,' will affect us all: report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Extreme fieldwork, climate modeling yields new insight into predicting Greenland's melt
Electrical and Chemical Coupling Between Saturn and Its Ring
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A Langmuir probe, developed in Sweden and flown to Saturn on the Cassini spacecraft, has made exciting discoveries in the atmosphere of the planet. Jan-Erik Wahlund at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala and his colleagues show that there is a strong coupling, both chemically and electrically, between the atmosphere of Saturn and its rings. These research results have now been publ ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Unique atmospheric chemistry explains cold vortex on Saturn's moon Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
Cassini Image Mosaic: A Farewell to Saturn
Bristol UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Unexpected atmospheric vortex behavior on Saturn's moon Titan
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