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Checking in on Bleriot



Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 30, 2017
What appears as a pair of bright dashes at the center of this image is one of the features rings scientists have dubbed "propellers." This particular propeller, named Bleriot, marks the presence of a body that is much larger than the particles that surround it, yet too small to clear out a complete gap in the rings (like Pan and Daphnis) and become a moon in its own right. Although the moonlet at the core of the propeller is itself too small to see, the disturbances in the rings caused by it ... read more

SATURN DAILY
The electric sands of Titan
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Experiments led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, are "electrically charged." When the wind blows ha ... more
SATURN DAILY
Titan is covered by electrically charged sand grains, experiments suggest
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
New research suggests the sand grains on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, behave similar to the packing peanuts used in shipping boxes. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' ... more
MARSDAILY
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 ... 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
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


Scientists estimate solar nebula's lifetime

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
SATURN DAILY
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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New MAVEN findings reveal how Mars' atmosphere was lost to space
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) spacecraft led by the University of Colorado Boulder. "We've determined that most of the gas ever present in ... more
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Potential Mars Airplane Resumes Flight
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
Paris (ESA) Mar 29, 2017
Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
While orbiting the Moon in 1971, the crew of Apollo 15 photographed a strange geological feature - a bumpy, D-shaped depression about two miles long and a mile wide - that has fascinated planetary scientists ever since. Some have suggested that the feature, known as Ina, is evidence of a volcanic eruption Moon within the past 100 million years - a billion years or so after most volcanic activity ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Checking in on Bleriot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 30, 2017
What appears as a pair of bright dashes at the center of this image is one of the features rings scientists have dubbed "propellers." This particular propeller, named Bleriot, marks the presence of a body that is much larger than the particles that surround it, yet too small to clear out a complete gap in the rings (like Pan and Daphnis) and become a moon in its own right. Although t ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
The electric sands of Titan
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Titan is covered by electrically charged sand grains, experiments suggest
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang space tracking ships, which follows the progress of satellites and other space-bound craft, will carry out 19 maritime space monitoring missions in 2017, according to the maritime satellite measurement and control authority on Wednesday. Yuanwang-5 left port Wednesday and Yuanwang-6 started its journey Monday. Yuanwang-7 and the rocket transporting fleet will set sail in Apr ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
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
Neptune's movement from the inner to the outer solar system was smooth and calm
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
New research suggests Neptune's transition from the inner to the outer solar system was relatively slow and steady. The clues to the nature of Neptune's ancient move were discovered in the Kuiper belt, a massive ring of space debris - mostly icy fragments - lying beyond Neptune's orbit. Most of the millions of objects in the Kuiper belt are red in color, but a minority of objects are ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Four unknown objects being investigated in Planet X
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
ANU leads public search for Planet X
TRAPPIST-1 flares threaten possibility of habitability on surrounding exoplanets
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
To much fanfare, NASA scientists announced the discovery of seven potentially habitable exoplanets surrounding a nearby red dwarf in February. However, new analysis of TRAPPIST-1 suggests the star system hosts frequent stellar flares. Scientists suggest the flares could negate the possibility of life. TRAPPIST-1 is located 127 light-years away from Earth. It is a cool red dwarf, or M-dw ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Inventing Tools for Detecting Life Elsewhere with Future Telescopes
Honolulu HI (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Viruses in the oceanic basement
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Researchers uncover a potent genetic element in Earth's smallest life forms
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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
Satellites reveal bird habitat loss in California
Durham NC (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Drought and reduced seasonal flooding of wetlands and farm fields threaten a globally important stopover site for tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds in California's Sacramento Valley, a new Duke University-led study shows. The researchers' analysis of historical biweekly NASA Landsat satellite images of the valley reveals that flooded habitat near the peak time of spring migration h ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Night lights, big data
Mito, Japan (AFP) April 1, 2017
Japan counts down to cherry blossom fever
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Monitoring pollen using an aircraft
NASA observations reshape basic plasma wave physics
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
When NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale - or MMS - mission was launched, the scientists knew it would answer questions fundamental to the nature of our universe - and MMS hasn't disappointed. A new finding, presented in a paper in Nature Communications, provides observational proof of a 50-year-old theory and reshapes the basic understanding of a type of wave in space known as a kinetic Alfv ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Scientists recreate space particle collisions inside Large Hadron Collider
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
NIST physicists show ion pairs perform enhanced 'spooky action'
Norwich, UK (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
New research into light particles challenges understanding of quantum theory
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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
Wrong-way asteroid plays 'chicken' with Jupiter
London, Canada (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
For at least a million years, an asteroid orbiting the "wrong" way around the sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken with giant Jupiter and with about 6,000 other asteroids sharing the giant planet's space, says a report published in the latest issue of Nature. The asteroid, nicknamed Bee-Zed, is the only one in this solar system that's known both to have an opposite, retrograde orb ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 03, 2017
Comet That Took a Century to Confirm Passes by Earth
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
A Trojan in Retreat
Littleton CO (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
ExoTerra to become first privately owned space company to fly to an asteroid
Solving the mystery of the Arctic's green ice
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
In 2011, researchers observed something that should be impossible - a massive bloom of phytoplankton growing under Arctic sea ice in conditions that should have been far too dark for anything requiring photosynthesis to survive. So, how was this bloom possible? Using mathematical modeling, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) found ... more
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
1997 was 'tipping point' for ice caps around Greenland's edges
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Microbes on ice sheets produce bioreactive carbon that is exported to downstream ecosystems
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Poor outlook for biodiversity in Antarctica
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang space tracking ships, which follows the progress of satellites and other space-bound craft, will carry out 19 maritime space monitoring missions in 2017, according to the maritime satellite measurement and control authority on Wednesday. Yuanwang-5 left port Wednesday and Yuanwang-6 started its journey Monday. Yuanwang-7 and the rocket transporting fleet will set sail in Apr ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
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
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Solving the mystery of the Arctic's green ice
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
In 2011, researchers observed something that should be impossible - a massive bloom of phytoplankton growing under Arctic sea ice in conditions that should have been far too dark for anything requiring photosynthesis to survive. So, how was this bloom possible? Using mathematical modeling, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) found ... more
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
1997 was 'tipping point' for ice caps around Greenland's edges
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Microbes on ice sheets produce bioreactive carbon that is exported to downstream ecosystems
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Poor outlook for biodiversity in Antarctica
Checking in on Bleriot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 30, 2017
What appears as a pair of bright dashes at the center of this image is one of the features rings scientists have dubbed "propellers." This particular propeller, named Bleriot, marks the presence of a body that is much larger than the particles that surround it, yet too small to clear out a complete gap in the rings (like Pan and Daphnis) and become a moon in its own right. Although t ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
The electric sands of Titan
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Titan is covered by electrically charged sand grains, experiments suggest
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus


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