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July 12, 2017
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Smallest-Ever Star Discovered by Astronomers



Cambridge, UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge. With a size just a sliver larger than that of Saturn, the gravitational pull at its stellar surface is about 300 times stronger than what humans feel on Earth. The star is likely as small as stars can possibly become, as it has just enough mass to enable the fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium. If it were any smaller, the pressure at the centre of the star would no longer be sufficient ... read more

SATURN DAILY
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
New research suggests the lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are especially calm. Satellite data studied and analyzed by researchers at the University of Texas revealed waves no taller than a single centimeter. ... more
SATURN DAILY
Methanol Points to Evolving Story of Enceladus's Plumes
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
A serendipitous detection of the organic molecule, methanol, around an intriguing moon of Saturn suggests that material spewed from Enceladus undertakes a complex chemical journey once vented into s ... more
EXO WORLDS
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 ... more
SATURN DAILY
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
EXO WORLDS
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


Cassini Finds 'The Big Empty' Close to Saturn

EXO WORLDS
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
SPACE MEDICINE
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
SATURN DAILY
Cassini completes final Titan flyby
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 25, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet. The spacecraft made its 127th and ... more
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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



Mars surface 'more uninhabitable' than thought: study
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
Hopes of finding life on Mars, at least on the surface, were dealt a blow Thursday by a study revealing that salt minerals present on the Red Planet kill bacteria. In lab tests on Earth, the compounds known as perchlorates killed cultures of the bacteria Bacillus subtilis, a basic life form, a research duo from the University of Edinburgh's School of Physics and Astronomy reported. Perch ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 03, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity continuing science campaign at Perseverance Valley
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
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
During a simulated space mission underwater last week, ESA tested an ingenious concept to bring astronauts safely back to base if they are incapacitated during lunar exploration. Four 'aquanauts', including ESA astronaut Pedro Duque and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, took part in NASA's 22nd Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO-22) mission, spending 10 days in the Aquarius habitat ... more
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jun 29, 2017
Japanese Space Agency Proposes Plan to Send Astronauts to Moon
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
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
New research suggests the lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are especially calm. Satellite data studied and analyzed by researchers at the University of Texas revealed waves no taller than a single centimeter. The findings - detailed in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters - present Titan as an ideal place for future probe landings. "There's a lot of interest in one day s ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
Methanol Points to Evolving Story of Enceladus's Plumes
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
NASA spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Miami (AFP) July 10, 2017
An unmanned NASA spacecraft is about to fly over a massive storm raging on Jupiter, in a long-awaited a journey that could shed new light on the forces driving the planet's Great Red Spot. The flyby of the Juno spacecraft, surveilling the 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm, is scheduled for 9:55 pm Monday (0155 GMT Tuesday). "Jupiter's mysterious Great Red Spot is probably th ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 12, 2017
Juno Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
New Mysteries Surround New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
Evidence discovered for two distinct giant planet populations
Lisbon, Portugal (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
In a paper highlighted by Astronomy and Astrophysics journal, a team2 of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica e Ciencias do Espaco (IA3) discovered observational evidence for the existence of two distinct populations of giant planets. So far, more than 3500 planets have been detected orbiting solar type stars. Although recent results suggest that most planets in our Galaxy are roc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 12, 2017
Hidden Stars May Make Planets Appear Smaller
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Astronomers Track the Birth of a 'Super-Earth'
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Odd planetary system around fast-spinning star doesn't quite fit existing models of planet formation
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Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides
Newcastle UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Researchers are using satellite data to accurately map the movement of the earth before a landslide in a bid to develop a life-saving early warning system. The team from Newcastle University (UK), Chengdu University of Technology, Tongji University, China Academy of Space Technology and Wuhan University (China) have been tracking the devastating events of last week when a massive landslide ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Study finds Earth's magnetic field 'simpler than we thought'
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
See our seasons change from space
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Computer vision techniques shed light on urban change
Scientists get first direct look at how electrons 'dance' with vibrating atoms
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have made the first direct measurements, and by far the most precise ones, of how electrons move in sync with atomic vibrations rippling through an exotic material, as if they were dancing to the same beat. The vibrations are called phonons, and the electron-phonon coupling the researchers ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Shocking case of indigestion in supermassive black hole
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Into the quantum world with a tennis racket
Lancaster UK (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A future without fakes thanks to quantum technology
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Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted terrains inside fresh complex craters on Ceres are similar to terrains seen Mars and Vesta, and are likely formed through the rapid evaporation of subsurface H2O, a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Hanna G. Sizemore says. "Pitted terrains may be common morphological markers of volatile-rich near-surface material in the asteroid belt," Sizemore said. ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Bizarro comet challenging researchers
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
NASA'S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase
Paris (AFP) June 28, 2017
Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?
New study shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet loss over the last 11,000 years
London, UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Reporting this week (Wednesday 5 July) in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explains that wind-driven incursions of warm water forced the retreat of glaciers in West Antarctica during the past 11,000 years. These new results enable researchers to better understand how environmental change may impact future sea-level rise from this clim ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Figuring out how fast Greenland is melting
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Warm Winter Events in Arctic Becoming More Frequent, Lasting Longer
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
Giant iceberg in the making
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
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New study shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet loss over the last 11,000 years
London, UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Reporting this week (Wednesday 5 July) in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explains that wind-driven incursions of warm water forced the retreat of glaciers in West Antarctica during the past 11,000 years. These new results enable researchers to better understand how environmental change may impact future sea-level rise from this clim ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Figuring out how fast Greenland is melting
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Warm Winter Events in Arctic Becoming More Frequent, Lasting Longer
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
Giant iceberg in the making
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
New research suggests the lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are especially calm. Satellite data studied and analyzed by researchers at the University of Texas revealed waves no taller than a single centimeter. The findings - detailed in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters - present Titan as an ideal place for future probe landings. "There's a lot of interest in one day s ... more
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
Methanol Points to Evolving Story of Enceladus's Plumes
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 31, 2017
Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over


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