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ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere



Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is one of our solar system's most intriguing and Earth-like bodies. It is nearly as large as Mars and has a hazy atmosphere made up mostly of nitrogen with a smattering of organic, carbon-based molecules, including methane (CH4) and ethane (C2H6). Planetary scientists theorize that this chemical make-up is similar to Earth's primordial atmosphere. The conditions on Titan, however, are not conducive to the formation of life as we know it; it's simply too cold. At ten t ... read more

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NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of li ... more
EXO WORLDS
Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?
Paris (ESA) Jul 27, 2017
The international Cassini-Huygens mission has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in the production of complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. ... more
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Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding - so far - that the planet's magnetic field has no discernible tilt. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Holographic imaging could sample and identify living microbes in the outer solar system
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
We may be capable of finding microbes in space - but if we did, could we tell what they were, and that they were alive? This month the journal Astrobiology is publishing a special issue dedica ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
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 st ... more
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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
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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
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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 ... 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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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



Eclipse Balloons to Study Effect of Mars-Like Environment on Life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 31, 2017
Steps forward in the search for life beyond Earth can be as simple as sending a balloon into the sky. In one of the most unique and extensive eclipse observation campaigns ever attempted, NASA is collaborating with student teams across the U.S. to do just that. A larger initiative, NASA's Eclipse Balloon Project, led by Angela Des Jardins of Montana State University, is sending more than 5 ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Portals to new worlds: Martian exploration near the North Pole
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 01, 2017
Opportunity enters Automode during solar conjunction pause
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
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How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Things look different on the Moon. Literally. Because the Moon isn't big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are no particles in the air to reflect and scatter sunlight. On Earth, shadows in otherwise bright environments are dimly lit with indirect light from these tiny reflections. That lighting provides enough detail that we get an idea of shapes, holes and ... more
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
Florida startup boldly sets sights on moon
Pittsburgh, PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
United Launch Alliance to launch Astrobotic mission to the Moon
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of life. On Earth, acrylonitrile, also known as vinyl cyanide, is useful in the manufacture of plastics. Under the harsh conditions of Saturn's largest moon, this chemical is thought to be capable of ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing
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 (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
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
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New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like. Wonder no more. Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer s ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
Breakthrough Starshot launches tiny spacecraft in quest for Alpha Centauri
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Breakthrough Starshot, a multi-faceted program to develop and launch practical interstellar space missions, successfully flew its first spacecraft - the smallest ever launched. On June 23, a number of prototype "Sprites" - the world's smallest fully functional space probes, built on a single circuit board - achieved Low Earth Orbit, piggybacking on OHB System AG's 'Max Valier' and 'Venta' ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 27, 2017
Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
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Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
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Aalto-1 satellite sends first image back to VTT Finland
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
The photograph was taken with the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed hyperspectral camera's secondary camera. Launched on the morning of 23 June from India, the Aalto-1 satellite's first month in space has gone according to plan. 'We have run checks on the majority of the satellite's systems and found that the devices are fully functional,' Aalto University's Professo ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
NASA Solves a Drizzle Riddle
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Miami FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Manmade aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patterns
When shallow defects align, diamonds shine for unprecedented quantum sensitivity
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Imagine a sensor so sensitive it can detect changes in the proton concentration of a single protein, within a single cell. This level of insight would reveal elusive quantum-scale dynamics of that protein's function, potentially even in real time, but demands a sensor with controllable features at a similar scale. Thanks to a new fabrication technique, quantum sensing abilities are now app ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
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Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
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Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
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Exploring an unusual metal asteroid
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Lindy Elkins-Tanton '87, SM '87, PhD '02 is reaching for the stars - literally. She is the principal investigator for Psyche, a NASA mission that will explore an unusual metal asteroid known as 16 Psyche. The mission does not launch until 2023, but preparations have begun in collaboration with faculty in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). Professors B ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 31, 2017
Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Supernova-Hunting Team Finds Comet with Aid of Amateur Astronomer
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Upcoming asteroid flyby will help Planetary Defense Network
Methane-eating microbes may curb gas emissions as Antarctic ice sheets melt
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Studies have shown that as ice sheets in Antarctica melt, trapped methane gasses will be released. But new research suggests methane-eating microbes will limit gaseous emissions. When researchers analyzed water and sediment samples from Antarctica's subglacial Whillans Lake - a first - they determined microbes consume 99 percent of methane released into the lake. Some climate s ... more
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
A new model yields insights into glaciers' retreats and advances
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
NASA flights gauge summer sea ice melt in the Arctic
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Thawing permafrost releases old greenhouse gas
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 (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
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
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Methane-eating microbes may curb gas emissions as Antarctic ice sheets melt
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Studies have shown that as ice sheets in Antarctica melt, trapped methane gasses will be released. But new research suggests methane-eating microbes will limit gaseous emissions. When researchers analyzed water and sediment samples from Antarctica's subglacial Whillans Lake - a first - they determined microbes consume 99 percent of methane released into the lake. Some climate s ... more
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
A new model yields insights into glaciers' retreats and advances
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
NASA flights gauge summer sea ice melt in the Arctic
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Thawing permafrost releases old greenhouse gas
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA scientists have definitively detected the chemical acrylonitrile in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, a place that has long intrigued scientists investigating the chemical precursors of life. On Earth, acrylonitrile, also known as vinyl cyanide, is useful in the manufacture of plastics. Under the harsh conditions of Saturn's largest moon, this chemical is thought to be capable of ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2017
Saturn surprises as Cassini continues its Grand Finale
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Titan's calm lakes offer space probes a smooth landing


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