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March 13, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Prediction: More gas-giants will be found orbiting Sun-like stars



Washington DC (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New planetary formation models from Carnegie's Alan Boss indicate that there may be an undiscovered population of gas giant planets orbiting around Sun-like stars at distances similar to those of Jupiter and Saturn. His work is published by The Astrophysical Journal. The population of exoplanets discovered by ongoing planet-hunting projects continues to increase. These discoveries can improve models that predict where to look for more of them. The planets predicted by Boss in this study could hold ... read more

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An Ice World...With an Ocean
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn's moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet's icy satellites. Exciting, to be ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists estimate solar nebula's lifetime
Upton NY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
About 4.6 billion years ago, an enormous cloud of hydrogen gas and dust collapsed under its own weight, eventually flattening into a disk called the solar nebula. Most of this interstellar material ... more
EXO WORLDS
New planet imager delivers first science at Keck
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 31, 2017
A new device on the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has delivered its first images, showing a ring of planet-forming dust around a star, and separately, a cool, star-like body, called a brown dwarf, ... more
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Close views show Saturn's Rings in unprecedented detail
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 31, 2017
Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling rings of icy debris. The vi ... more
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ROBO SPACE
NASA develops AI for future exploration of extraterrestrial subsurface oceans
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 25, 2017
NASA is developing technology which could enable autonomous navigation of future underwater drones studying subsurface oceans on icy moons like Jupiter's Europa. The agency is working on artificial ... more
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Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 23, 2017
The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the clo ... more
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Catching Cassini's call
Paris (ESA) Jan 17, 2017
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at Ne ... more
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Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 13, 2017
After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below f ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA testing SLS for transonic behavior
Hampton VA (SPX) Jan 04, 2017
Tucked away in Hampton, Virginia, is a 56-year-old NASA wind tunnel capable of generating winds speeds of up to 900 miles per hour. In its lifetime, the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel has hosted hundreds ... more
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NASA image showcases Saturn's sun-soaked north pole
Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Dec 29, 2016
Cassini is now ring-grazing, but its orbital path earlier this year sent the NASA probe high above Saturn's north pole. In late September, the vantage revealed the pole fully illuminated by the sun's rays. ... more


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EXO WORLDS
ALMA finds compelling evidence for pair of infant planets around young star
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Dec 13, 2016
Astronomers now know that our galaxy is teeming with planets, from rocky worlds roughly the size of Earth to gas giants bigger than Jupiter. Nearly every one of these exoplanets has been discovered ... more
EXO WORLDS
Rings around young star suggest planet formation in progress
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 13, 2016
Rice University astronomers and their colleagues have for the first time mapped gases in three dark rings around a distant star. The rings mark spaces where planets are thought to have formed from d ... more
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Saturn's bulging core implies moons younger than thought
Ithaca NY (SPX) Dec 09, 2016
Freshly harvested data from NASA's Cassini mission reveals that the ringed planet's moons may be younger than previously thought. "All of these Cassini mission measurements are changing our view of ... more
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Cassini Beams Back First Images from New Orbit
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 07, 2016
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission. The new images show scenes from high above Saturn's northern hemis ... more

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Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity is located just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, less than half a mile (700 meters) away from the next big science objective, a gully. The rover completed the last in-situ science measurements inside Endeavour Crater on Sol 4657 (Feb. 28, 2017). Because of constrained data volume, Sol 4658 (March 1, 2017), was a dedicated 'atmospheres' day, a sol of just low-data volu ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Paleolake deposits on Mars might look like sediments in Indonesia
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
New evidence for a water-rich history on Mars
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said it has located its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft after disappearing for years. JPL said scientists found the spacecrafts orbiting the moon by using a new technological application found on ground-based interplanetary radar. "Finding LRO was relatively easy, as we were working with the mission's navigators a ... more
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2017
India's Moon Mission on 2018 Target, Says ISRO Chief
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
An Epic Lunar Experience Lands at Space Center Houston
An Ice World...With an Ocean
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn's moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet's icy satellites. Exciting, to be sure, just for the thrill of exploration. But then Cassini's magnetometer instrument noticed something odd. Since NASA's two Voyager spacecraft made their distant flybys of Enceladus about 20 years p ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 31, 2017
Close views show Saturn's Rings in unprecedented detail
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 23, 2017
Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis
Paris (ESA) Jan 17, 2017
Catching Cassini's call
China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, responsible for Beijing's Mars exploration program would arrive to Mars after seven months of flight and would start sending information back in 2021. The med ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
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Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
This close-up view of Jupiter captures the turbulent region just west of the Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt, with resolution better than any previous pictures from Earth or other spacecraft. NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this image with its JunoCam citizen science instrument when the spacecraft was a mere 5,400 miles (8,700 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloudtops on Dec. 11, 2 ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
Kepler Provides Another Peek at Ultra-cool Neighbor
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 09, 2017
On Feb. 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets that are likely rocky, a discovery made by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in combination with ground-based telescopes. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope also has been observing this star since December 2016. Today these additional data about TRAPPIST-1 from Kepler ar ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Hunting for giant planet analogs in our own backyard
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Faraway Planet Systems Are Shaped Like the Solar System
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Biochemical 'fossil' shows how life may have emerged without phosphate
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First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
New York NY (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, has announced its first observations using the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Parkes joins the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, USA, and the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Ob ... more
Parkes, Australia (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 28, 2016
Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground
Taking earth's inner temperature
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle - the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer - may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published Mar ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
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Hubble dates black hole's last big meal
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
For the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it's been a long time between dinners. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found that the black hole ate its last big meal about 6 million years ago, when it consumed a large clump of infalling gas. After the meal, the engorged black hole burped out a colossal bubble of gas weighing the equivalent of millions of suns, which now ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
OLYMPUS experiment sheds light on structure of protons
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Researchers propose technique for measuring weak or nonexistent magnetic fields
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Magnetic fields at the crossroads
Extraterrestrial impact preceded ancient global warming event
Troy NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of the Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers analogs to global warming today. Sorting through samples of sediment from the time period, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered evidence of the strike in the form of micro ... more
Columbia MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2016
Scientists use Moon to study dinosaur killer
New York NY (SPX) Oct 14, 2016
At the Jersey shore, signs of a comet, and a climate crisis
Baltimore MD (SPX) Sep 28, 2016
Research supports idea that moon was created by object hitting infant Earth
Long-Lasting Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Among the most striking features on the surface of Ceres are the bright spots in the center of Occator crater, which stood out already as NASA's space probe Dawn approached the dwarf planet. Scientists under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) have now for the first time determined the age of this bright material, which consists mainly of deposits of specia ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Warped Meteor Showers Hit Earth at All Angles
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Earth is bombarded at random
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 09, 2017
Dawn Identifies Age of Ceres' Brightest Area
NASA's aerial survey of polar ice expands its Arctic reach
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
For the past eight years, Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission that conducts aerial surveys of polar ice, has produced unprecedented three-dimensional views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, providing scientists with valuable data on how polar ice is changing in a warming world. Now, for the first time, the campaign will expand its reach to explore the Arctic's Eurasian Basin through two resear ... more
Prémanon, France (AFP) March 11, 2017
World's first museum of polar lands opens in France
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
Is Arctic sea ice doomed to disappear?
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
NASA study improves forecasts of summer Arctic sea ice
China Plans to Launch 1st Probe to Mars in Summer 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China is expected to launch its first probe satellite to Mars in July or in August 2020, local media reported Tuesday. The People's Daily newspaper reported citing Wan Weixing, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, responsible for Beijing's Mars exploration program would arrive to Mars after seven months of flight and would start sending information back in 2021. The med ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Mar 09, 2017
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NASA's aerial survey of polar ice expands its Arctic reach
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
For the past eight years, Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission that conducts aerial surveys of polar ice, has produced unprecedented three-dimensional views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, providing scientists with valuable data on how polar ice is changing in a warming world. Now, for the first time, the campaign will expand its reach to explore the Arctic's Eurasian Basin through two resear ... more
Prémanon, France (AFP) March 11, 2017
World's first museum of polar lands opens in France
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
Is Arctic sea ice doomed to disappear?
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
NASA study improves forecasts of summer Arctic sea ice
An Ice World...With an Ocean
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn's moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet's icy satellites. Exciting, to be sure, just for the thrill of exploration. But then Cassini's magnetometer instrument noticed something odd. Since NASA's two Voyager spacecraft made their distant flybys of Enceladus about 20 years p ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 31, 2017
Close views show Saturn's Rings in unprecedented detail
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 23, 2017
Cassini captures stunning view of Saturn moon Daphnis
Paris (ESA) Jan 17, 2017
Catching Cassini's call


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