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July 04, 2017
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Could a Dedicated Mission to Enceladus Detect Microbial Life There



Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is best known for its numerous geysers ejecting plumes of water and ice. These eruptive fountains are perplexing researchers searching for signs of microbial life beyond Earth. A dedicated spacecraft designated to study the plume-like features sprouting from Enceladus could definitely tell us whether or not they contain alien microorganisms. "We need a spacecraft to travel to Enceladus, fly through a geyser plume, and analyze the water that is immediately accessible," G ... read more

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In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Enceladus - a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn - may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA's Cassini mission during fl ... more
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Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA's Cassini mission. Researchers with the mission found evidence that the mo ... more
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Cassini Looks On as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft still has a few months to go before it completes its mission in September, but the veteran Saturn explorer reaches a new milestone today. Saturn's solstice - that is, the l ... more
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History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
The environment on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into oceans and lakes. Outside of Earth, Titan ... more
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Study shows how radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life
San Antonio, TX (SPX) May 22, 2017
In the icy bodies around our solar system, radiation emitted from rocky cores could break up water molecules and support hydrogen-eating microbes. To address this cosmic possibility, a University of ... more
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Scientists describe origins of topographic relief on Titan
New York NY (SPX) May 19, 2017
Fluid erosion has carved river networks in at least three bodies in our solar system in the form of water on Earth and Mars and liquid hydrocarbons on Titan. A new report in Science examines the glo ... more
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New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 04, 2017
A new movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as the spacecraft swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on Apri ... more
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Cassini Finds 'The Big Empty' Close to Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 02, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft prepares to shoot the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings for the second time in its Grand Finale, Cassini engineers are delighted, while ring scientists are puzzled ... more
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Next Breakthroughs in Exoplanet Discovery
Moffett Field CA (SPX) May 02, 2017
It was a good week for astrobiology. Within days of NASA's announcement that the necessary ingredients for life exist in the plumes erupting from the southern pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus, scient ... more
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Medical guidelines for astronauts to be launched in the US
Plymouth UK (SPX) May 01, 2017
With Cassini making final preparations to penetrate Saturn's rings, and renewed interest in colonising the Moon and sending people to Mars, space flight and exploration are experiencing a level of i ... more


Cassini completes final Titan flyby

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Cassini makes first dive through Saturn's rings
Washington (UPI) Apr 26, 2017
Cassini is diving for rings - or, at least, through rings. ... more
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NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 28, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. The spacecraft is in th ... more
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Saturn spacecraft toting CU Boulder instrument starts swan song
Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Toting a $12 million instrument built by the University of Colorado Boulder, NASA's Cassini spacecraft made the first of 22 dives between the rings of Saturn and the gaseous planet today, the beginn ... more
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Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan this weekend. The flyby marks the mission's final opportunity for up-close observations of the lakes ... more



Mars Rover Opportunity continuing science campaign at Perseverance Valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 03, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is completing the remaining science as part of a walkabout campaign above Perseverance Valley before the solar conjunction moratorium in July. Although there are new considerations regarding steering (no use of the front steering actuators), Opportunity is continuing to drive. Solar conjunction is ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
The Niagara Falls of Mars once flowed with lava
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
Russian Devices for ExoMars Mission to Be Ready in Fall 2017
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
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Japanese Space Agency Proposes Plan to Send Astronauts to Moon
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jun 29, 2017
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) proposed a plan on Wednesday to send the country's astronauts to the Moon after 2025, local media reported. According to the NHK broadcaster, the JAXA proposed the plan to the panel of the country's Science Ministry responsible for discussion of Tokyo's efforts in the issues of space exploration. The news outlet added that the JAXA's prop ... more
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
Paris (ESA) Jun 12, 2017
New NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Enceladus - a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn - may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA's Cassini mission during flybys of Enceladus, astronomers from Cornell University, the University of Texas and NASA have found the first evidence that the moon's axis has reoriented, according to new research published in Icaru ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
Cassini Looks On as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's
China heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails: state media
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2017
China on Sunday announced the launch of a powerful rocket designed to carry communication satellites into orbit had been "unsuccessful", in a glitch for the country's ambitious space programme. The Long March-5 Y2, Beijing's second heavy-lift rocket, blasted off at 7:23 pm (1123 GMT) Sunday from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the tropical island province of Hainan "Abnormity was det ... more
Nanjing (XNA) Jul 02, 2017
Yuanwang-3 completes ship check mission, ready for Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch
Beijing (AFP) July 1, 2017
China prepares to launch second heavy-lift carrier rocket
Beijing (XNA) Jun 27, 2017
China to launch Long March-5 Y2 in early July
Mid-infrared images from the Subaru telescope extend Juno spacecraft discoveries
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Subaru Telescope images reveal weather in Jupiter's atmosphere in the mid-infrared. Those images, taken multiple times over several months, support Juno spacecraft mission of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This article is part of a joint press release with ones from Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at California Institute of Technology and Gemini Observatory. High-res ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 03, 2017
Earth-based Views of Jupiter to Enhance Juno Flyby
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 03, 2017
NASA's Juno Spacecraft to Fly Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot July 10
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Topsy-Turvy Motion Creates Light-Switch Effect at Uranus
Extreme Atmosphere Stripping May Limit Exoplanets' Habitability
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
New models of massive stellar eruptions hint at an extra layer of complexity when considering whether an exoplanet may be habitable or not. Models developed for our own Sun have now been applied to cool stars favoured by exoplanet hunters, in research presented by Dr. Christina Kay, of the NASA Goddard Flight Center, on Monday 3rd July at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
NASA diligently tracks microbes inside the International Space Station
Taipei, Taiwan (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Complex Organic Molecules Found On "Space Hamburger"
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 28, 2017
NASA keeps a close eye on tiny stowaways
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Ozone recovery may be delayed by unregulated chemicals
Lancaster UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Recent increases in an unregulated ozone-depleting substance, could delay recovery of Antarctic ozone levels by 5-30 years, depending on emissions scenarios. The findings, published in Nature Communications, suggest that a previously ignored chemical called dichloromethane may now be contributing to ozone depletion and should be looked at to improve future ozone predictions. Long-liv ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
UK-Led Satellite Image Project That Helps Spot and Stop Slavery Sites From Space
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Scientists solve mystery of unexplained "bright nights"
Extremely fine measurements of motion in orbiting supermassive black holes
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Approximately 750 million light years from Earth lies a gigantic, bulging galaxy with two supermassive black holes at its center. These are among the largest black holes ever found, with a combined mass 15 billion times that of the sun. New research from Stanford University, published June 27 in Astrophysical Journal, has used long-term observation to show that one of the black holes seems to be ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Astronomers detect orbital motion in pair of supermassive black holes
Mumbai, India (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
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Albuquerque NM (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
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The Bee-Zed asteroid orbits in the opposite direction to planets
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
In our solar system, an asteroid orbits the Sun in the opposite direction to the planets. Asteroid 2015 BZ509, also known as Bee-Zed, takes 12 years to make one complete orbit around the Sun. This is the same orbital period as that of Jupiter, which shares its orbit but moves in the opposite direction to the planet's motion. The asteroid with the retrograde co-orbit was identified by Helen ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
NASA is building computer models of possible asteroid impact scenarios
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 03, 2017
How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid
Paris (AFP) June 28, 2017
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Collapse of the European ice sheet caused chaos
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
The Eurasian ice sheet was an enormous conveyor of ice that covered most of northern Europe some 23,000 years ago. Its extent was such that one could have skied 4,500 km continuously across it - from the far southwestern isles in Britain to Franz Josef Land in the Siberian Arctic. Suffice to say its existence had a massive and extremely hostile impact on Europe at the time. This ice sheet ... more
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Climate change impacts Antarctic biodiversity habitat
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
On the march: As polar bears retreat, grizzlies take new territory
Bristol UK (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
More summer sunshine leading to increased Greenland ice melt
China heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails: state media
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2017
China on Sunday announced the launch of a powerful rocket designed to carry communication satellites into orbit had been "unsuccessful", in a glitch for the country's ambitious space programme. The Long March-5 Y2, Beijing's second heavy-lift rocket, blasted off at 7:23 pm (1123 GMT) Sunday from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the tropical island province of Hainan "Abnormity was det ... more
Nanjing (XNA) Jul 02, 2017
Yuanwang-3 completes ship check mission, ready for Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch
Beijing (AFP) July 1, 2017
China prepares to launch second heavy-lift carrier rocket
Beijing (XNA) Jun 27, 2017
China to launch Long March-5 Y2 in early July
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Collapse of the European ice sheet caused chaos
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
The Eurasian ice sheet was an enormous conveyor of ice that covered most of northern Europe some 23,000 years ago. Its extent was such that one could have skied 4,500 km continuously across it - from the far southwestern isles in Britain to Franz Josef Land in the Siberian Arctic. Suffice to say its existence had a massive and extremely hostile impact on Europe at the time. This ice sheet ... more
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Climate change impacts Antarctic biodiversity habitat
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
On the march: As polar bears retreat, grizzlies take new territory
Bristol UK (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
More summer sunshine leading to increased Greenland ice melt
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Enceladus - a large icy, oceanic moon of Saturn - may have flipped, the possible victim of an out-of-this-world wallop. While combing through data collected by NASA's Cassini mission during flybys of Enceladus, astronomers from Cornell University, the University of Texas and NASA have found the first evidence that the moon's axis has reoriented, according to new research published in Icaru ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
Cassini Looks On as Solstice Arrives at Saturn
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's


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