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March 22, 2017
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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day



Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics - Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it's possible that one of our closest neighbors also had rings at one point and may have them again someday. That's the theory put forth by NASA-funded scientists at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, whose findings were published in the journal Nature Geoscience. David Minton and Andrew Hesselbrock developed a model tha ... 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
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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 Pro ... more
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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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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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Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago - around the time of Earth's Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when large numbers of our planet's plant and animal species (including dinosaurs) went extinct. ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
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
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 Enceladus' ocean of liquid water might be only a couple of miles beneath this region - closer to the surface than previously thought. The excess heat is especially pronounced over three fractures tha ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Farewell to Mimas
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
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
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Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
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Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Baltimore MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So, he says, is Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter, and so is the Earth's moon, and so are more than 100 other celestial bodies in our solar system that are denied this status under the prevailing definition of ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Ten years ago, researchers discovered that the biological clock in cyanobacteria consists of only three protein components: KaiA, KaiB and KaiC. These are the building blocks - the gears, springs and balances - of an ingenious system resembling a precision Swiss timepiece. In 2005, Japanese scientists published an article in Science showing that a solution of these three components in a te ... more
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Visualizing debris disk "roller derby" to understand planetary system evolution
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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
Less radiation in inner Van Allen belt than previously believed
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA's Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected. This is good news for spacecraft that are orbiting in the region and can ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 21, 2017
Beautiful science with astronaut aurora
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
SAGE III Achieves First Light from Space Station Perch
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
NASA Satellite Identifies Global Ammonia 'Hotspots'
NASA's swift mission maps a star's 'death spiral' into a Black Hole
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Some 290 million years ago, a star much like the sun wandered too close to the central black hole of its galaxy. Intense tides tore the star apart, which produced an eruption of optical, ultraviolet and X-ray light that first reached Earth in 2014. Now, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's Swift satellite have mapped out how and where these different wavelengths were produced in t ... 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
Collapsing cliff reveals comet's interior
Paris (ESA) Mar 22, 2017
Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet. Sudden and short-lived outbursts were observed frequently during Rosetta's two-year mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Although their exact trigger has been much debated, the outbursts seem to ... more
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Cryovolcanism on Dwarf Planet Ceres
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
Rapid decline of Arctic sea ice a combination of climate change and natural variability
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Arctic sea ice in recent decades has declined even faster than predicted by most models of climate change. Many scientists have suspected that the trend now underway is a combination of global warming and natural climate variability. A new study finds that a substantial chunk of summer sea ice loss in recent decades was due to natural variability in the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean. Th ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Extensive ice cap once covered sub-antarctic island of South Georgia
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Last remnant of North American ice sheet on track to vanish
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
How to conserve polar bears and maintain subsistence harvest
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
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Rapid decline of Arctic sea ice a combination of climate change and natural variability
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Arctic sea ice in recent decades has declined even faster than predicted by most models of climate change. Many scientists have suspected that the trend now underway is a combination of global warming and natural climate variability. A new study finds that a substantial chunk of summer sea ice loss in recent decades was due to natural variability in the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean. Th ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Extensive ice cap once covered sub-antarctic island of South Georgia
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Last remnant of North American ice sheet on track to vanish
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
How to conserve polar bears and maintain subsistence harvest
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 Enceladus' ocean of liquid water might be only a couple of miles beneath this region - closer to the surface than previously thought. The excess heat is especially pronounced over three fractures tha ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Enceladus' south pole is warm under the frost
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Farewell to Mimas
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 17, 2017
Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen


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