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Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen



Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles. For the study, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, simulated the frigid surface conditions on Titan, finding that significant amounts of nitrogen can be dissolved in the extremely cold liquid methane that rains from the skies and collects in rivers, lakes and seas. They demonstrated that slight changes in temp ... read more

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Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
A new study in the journal Nature Astronomy reports that the south polar region of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is warmer than expected just a few feet below its icy surface. This suggests that Encel ... more
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Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Over the past decade, the international Cassini mission has revealed intense activity at the southern pole of Saturn's icy moon, Enceladus, with warm fractures venting water-rich jets that hint at a ... more
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Farewell to Mimas
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
In its season of "lasts," NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its final close approach to Saturn's moon Mimas on January 30, 2017. At closest approach, Cassini passed 25,620 miles (41,230 kilometers) fro ... more
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 Ju ... 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
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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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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Cassini offers a crash course in ring world orbital mechanics
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 21, 2016
It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) away from the rings. ... more

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ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest test ... more
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Seven teams, including three from India, have qualified for the country's first private moon mission in December, space technology start-up TeamIndus said on Wednesday. "Teams Callisto, Ears and Kalpana from India, Space4Life from Italy, Lunadome from Britain, Killa Lab from Peru and Regolith Revolution from the US have qualified to fly their experiments to the lunar surface in our spacecr ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles. For the study, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, simulated the frigid surface conditions on Titan, finding that significant amounts of nitrogen can be dissolved in the extremely cold liquid methane that ra ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Farewell to Mimas
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... 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
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical issues that had to be tackled in order to move ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - Juice - from the drawing board and into construction. Scheduled for launch in 2022, with arrival in the Jovian system in 2029, Juice will spend three-and-a-half years examining ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
An international team of researchers discovered that inorganic chemicals can self-organize into complex structures that mimic primitive life on Earth. Florida State University Professor of Chemistry Oliver Steinbock and Professor Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spanish National Research Council) in Granada, Spain published an article in Wedne ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Visualizing debris disk "roller derby" to understand planetary system evolution
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
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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
NASA Satellite Identifies Global Ammonia 'Hotspots'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
The first global, long-term satellite study of airborne ammonia gas has revealed "hotspots" of the pollutant over four of the world's most productive agricultural regions. The results of the study, conducted using data from NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite, could inform the development of strategies to control pollution from ammonia and ammonia bypro ... more
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NASA says goodbye to a Pathfinder Earth Satellite after 17 years
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
15 years of GRACE: Satellite mission flies thrice its planned time
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Relativistic Electrons Uncovered with NASA's Van Allen Probes
Star discovered in closest known orbit around black hole
East Lansing, MI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Astronomers have found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour. This may be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed for a black hole and a companion star. Michigan State University scientists were part of the team that made this discovery, which used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as NASA's NuSTAR and the Australia Telescope Compact Array. The clo ... more
New York NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Radiation from nearby galaxies helped fuel first monster black holes
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Scientists identify a black hole choking on stardust
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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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
Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 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 special ... more
Mountain View CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Warped Meteor Showers Hit Earth at All Angles
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Mechanism underlying size-sorting of rubble on asteroid Itokawa revealed
Zurich (UPI) Mar 7, 2017
Earth is bombarded at random, crater study shows
NASA's ICESat-2 to Provide More Depth to Sea Ice Forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
In March, the Arctic sea ice pack is supposed to reach its greatest extent - but this year it's far below average, off by an area about the size of Texas and New Mexico combined. Satellite observations currently reveal how much of the ocean surface is covered by ice, but there is another critical measurement to make. Researchers are already anticipating using NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Searching for polar bears on Alaska's North Slope
Paris (AFP) March 18, 2017
Preserving the memory of glaciers
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... 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
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
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NASA's ICESat-2 to Provide More Depth to Sea Ice Forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
In March, the Arctic sea ice pack is supposed to reach its greatest extent - but this year it's far below average, off by an area about the size of Texas and New Mexico combined. Satellite observations currently reveal how much of the ocean surface is covered by ice, but there is another critical measurement to make. Researchers are already anticipating using NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Searching for polar bears on Alaska's North Slope
Paris (AFP) March 18, 2017
Preserving the memory of glaciers
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling
Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles. For the study, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, simulated the frigid surface conditions on Titan, finding that significant amounts of nitrogen can be dissolved in the extremely cold liquid methane that ra ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Farewell to Mimas


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