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August 04, 2017
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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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 01, 2017
Opportunity enters Automode during solar conjunction pause
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 03, 2017
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
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Florida startup boldly sets sights on moon
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
Florida startup Moon Express is setting its sights high: ambitiously shooting to become the first private company to launch a small, unmanned craft to the moon before the year's out. A big success could pave the way for scheduled flights to deliver scientific and exploration equipment, to exploit lunar soil resources and commercial potential. In a recent interview with AFP, CEO and co-fo ... more
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It
Pittsburgh, PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
United Launch Alliance to launch Astrobotic mission to the Moon
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
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Twilight observations reveal huge storm on Neptune
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Spectacular sunsets and sunrises are enough to dazzle most of us, but to astronomers, dusk and dawn are a waste of good observing time. They want a truly dark sky. Not Ned Molter, a UC Berkeley astronomy graduate student. He set out to show that some bright objects can be studied just as well during twilight, when other astronomers are twiddling their thumbs, and quickly discovered a new feature ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Jovian storm looms large in the Jupiter's High North
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Unexpected life found at bottom of High Arctic lakes
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
In the shallow, frigid waters of Nunavut's Ward Hunt Lake, something mysterious lingers at the lake floor. It's fuzzy, it's bright orange - and it's alive. For more than 50 years, scientists from around the world have traveled to Ward Hunt Lake, the northernmost lake in the Canadian Arctic, to study the region or launch expeditions to the North Pole. Until recently, the prevailin ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
NASA hiring a planetary protection officer to guard against alien invaders
College Park MD (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Researchers detect exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere
Exeter UK (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Hubble detects exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere
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NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T satellites coming together
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Progress continues on the development of NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T spacecraft that will follow the successful launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite or GOES-R, renamed GOES-16 upon reaching geostationary orbit. The GOES-S satellite is fully integrated and is currently undergoing its final functional testing to confirm it successfully passed mechanical and thermal en ... more
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Aug 01, 2017
Vega orbits two Earth observation satellites
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Aalto-1 satellite sends first image back to VTT Finland
Quasars may answer how starburst galaxies were extinguished
Iowa City, IA (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Some of the biggest galaxies in the universe are full of extinguished stars. But nearly 12 billion years ago, soon after the universe first was created, these massive galaxies were hotspots that brewed up stars by the billions. How these types of cosmic realms, called dusty starburst galaxies, became galactic dead zones is an enduring mystery. Astronomers at the University of Iowa, i ... more
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Physicists design ultrafocused pulses
Upton, NY (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
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Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
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SwRI part of international team identifying primordial asteroids
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) was part of an international team that recently discovered a relatively unpopulated region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics from early in solar system history. The team used a new search technique that also identified the oldest known asteroid family, which extends throughout the inner region of the main ast ... 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
Larsen-C update: Open ocean visible between iceberg and ice shelf
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
New satellite images reveal open ocean between the Larsen-C ice shelf and the massive iceberg that broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula in July. Since the iceberg calved in early July, the massive chunk of ice has been slowly drifting away from the Larsen-C ice shelf. There is now a three mile gap between the iceberg and ice shelf. Scientists continue to monitor the iceberg and ice s ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Glaciers may have helped warm Earth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Rusting fool's gold in glaciers a sign of increased carbon
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Methane-eating microbes may curb gas emissions as Antarctic ice sheets melt
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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Larsen-C update: Open ocean visible between iceberg and ice shelf
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
New satellite images reveal open ocean between the Larsen-C ice shelf and the massive iceberg that broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula in July. Since the iceberg calved in early July, the massive chunk of ice has been slowly drifting away from the Larsen-C ice shelf. There is now a three mile gap between the iceberg and ice shelf. Scientists continue to monitor the iceberg and ice s ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Glaciers may have helped warm Earth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Rusting fool's gold in glaciers a sign of increased carbon
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Methane-eating microbes may curb gas emissions as Antarctic ice sheets melt
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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