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August 15, 2017
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Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn



Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet. Cassini will make the first of these five passes over Saturn at 9:22 p.m. PDT Sunday, Aug. 13 (12:22 a.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 14). The spacecraft's point of closest approach to Saturn during these passes will be between about 1,010 and 1,060 miles (1,630 and 1,710 kilomet ... read more

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Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's l ... 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
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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 ... more
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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
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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
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


In a Cosmic Hit-and-Run, Icy Saturn Moon May Have Flipped

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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



Curiosity watches Martian clouds pass over Gale Crater
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five years ago this month about five degrees south of Mars' equator. Clouds moving in the Martian sky have been observed previously by Curiosity and oth ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Opportunity takes in the panoramic view while crossing some rocky terrain
Xining, China (XNA) Aug 09, 2017
China to build first Mars simulation base
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
Preserving the stress of volcanic uprise on Mars
Lunar dynamo's lifetime extended by at least 1 billion years
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
New evidence from ancient lunar rocks suggests that an active dynamo once churned within the molten metallic core of the moon, generating a magnetic field that lasted at least 1 billion years longer than previously thought. Dynamos are natural generators of magnetic fields around terrestrial bodies, and are powered by the churning of conducting fluids within many stars and planets. In a pa ... more
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
NASA studies tethered CubeSat mission to study Lunar swirls
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been near enough to tweak Cassini's orbit, causing the spacecraft to approach Saturn a bit closer or a bit farther away. A couple of those distant passes even pushed Cassini in ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on T ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
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Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Scientists have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of Neptune - the most distant planet in our solar system. A new study sheds light on the chemical make-up of the planet, which lies around 4.5 billion kilometres from the sun. Extremely low temperatures on planets like Neptune - called ice giants - mean that chemicals on these distant worlds exist in a frozen s ... more
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
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Scientists find four Earth-like exoplanets orbiting closest sun-like star
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Scientists have found four Earth-like exoplanets orbiting a star system just 12 light-years away. The four planets are the closest Earth-like worlds yet discovered. And at just 1.7 Earth masses, they're also the smallest nearby Earth-like planets. Astronomers detected the presence of the four exoplanets by analyzing slight wobbles in the movement of tau Ceti, the closest known su ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
TRAPPIST-1 twice as old as our solar system
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
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Teledyne Brown Engineering and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. to partner on MUSES Platform
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
centered on the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) which was launched on June 3, 2017 and is currently operating aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This platform was developed as part of a cooperative agreement with Teledyne Brown Engineering and NASA and will provide opportunities for imaging, technology demonstration, and space qualification payloads supporting commer ... more
Toulouse, France (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Airbus completes MetOp-C platform/payload coupling
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
NASA airborne mission returns to Africa to study smoke, clouds
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Successful filming of fastest aurora flickering
UCI celestial census indicates that black holes pervade the universe
Irvine CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
After conducting a cosmic inventory of sorts to calculate and categorize stellar-remnant black holes, astronomers from the University of California, Irvine have concluded that there are probably tens of millions of the enigmatic, dark objects in the Milky Way - far more than expected. "We think we've shown that there are as many as 100 million black holes in our galaxy," said UCI chair and ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers set record for fastest light pulse
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
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Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA
Paris (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon's orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers said Thursday. The space rock will zoom by harmlessly at a distance of about 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) - an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon, according to the European Space Agency, This is just far enough to miss our geostationa ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
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Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
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Extreme melt season leads to decade-long ecosystem changes in Antarctic polar desert
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade, new research led by the University of Colorado Boulder shows. The findings suggest that even abrupt, short-lived climate events can cause long-term alterations in polar regions that unfold over the ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Not all glaciers in Antarctica have been affected by climate change
Newcastle UK (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers crack the 'Karakoram anomaly'
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Chinese scientists have become the first to realize quantum key distribution from a satellite to the ground, laying the foundation for building a hack-proof global quantum communication network. The achievement based on experiments conducted with the world' s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), was published in the authoritative academic journal Nature on T ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
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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Extreme melt season leads to decade-long ecosystem changes in Antarctic polar desert
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade, new research led by the University of Colorado Boulder shows. The findings suggest that even abrupt, short-lived climate events can cause long-term alterations in polar regions that unfold over the ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Not all glaciers in Antarctica have been affected by climate change
Newcastle UK (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers crack the 'Karakoram anomaly'
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been near enough to tweak Cassini's orbit, causing the spacecraft to approach Saturn a bit closer or a bit farther away. A couple of those distant passes even pushed Cassini in ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
ALMA confirms complex chemistry in Titan's atmosphere


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