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August 29, 2017
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NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities



Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space. News briefings, photo opportunities and other media events will be held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. NASA also will hold a media teleconference Tuesday, Aug. 29 to preview activities for Cassini during its final tw ... read more

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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 fi ... 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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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



Opportunity staying put for a bit to image valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
Opportunity is located in "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has been staying in place collecting extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) stereo panoramas. Now that we are in the valley, the objective is to extensively document the local morphology (how things look) at each location so that a 3D digital elevation model of the entire valley can be constru ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 29, 2017
NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Call For Ideas For Research On The Deep Space Gateway
Paris (ESA) Aug 22, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the science community in Europe to propose ideas for research that could be performed on the Deep Space Gateway, a crewed spaceship in lunar vicinity. The Deep Space Gateway is a strategic platform that is being prepared by the International Space Station partner agencies to be humanity's next step beyond Low-Earth Orbit and out into the S ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Roscosmos Approves Luna-25 Space Station Model in Moon Exploration Project
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed
NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space. News briefings, photo opportunities and other media events will be held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. NAS ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal is for ESA to establish a long term cooperation with China and ESA astronauts to fly on China's space station. Returning from space, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality - includi ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 28, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
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
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy planets
Scientists take first snapshots of a molecular propeller that runs at 100 degrees Celsius
Exeter UK (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Scientists have made a crucial new discovery into how a group of ancient microbes that can survive in some of the world's harshest environments, propel themselves forward. An international team of experts, led by Dr Bertram Daum of the University of Exeter's Living System Institute, have revealed the structure of the unique whip-like appendage found on archaea, which rotates like a propell ... more
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Gulf of Mexico tube worm is one of the longest-living animals in the world
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
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NASA Mission to Study Atmospheric Disturbances from Marshall Islands
Keith Koehler for Wallops News
Wallops Island, VA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017 A NASA rocket mission to study disturbances in the upper atmosphere that interfere with communication and technology systems will form night-time white artificial clouds visible by residents of the Republic of the Marshall Islands during two rocket flights to occur between August 29 and September 9. The Waves and Instabilities from a Neutral Dynamo, o ... more
Rochester NY (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Man-made fossil methane emission levels larger than previously believed
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer
Black hole models contradicted by hands-on tests at Sandia's Z machine
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
A long-standing but unproven assumption about the X-ray spectra of black holes in space has been contradicted by hands-on experiments performed at Sandia National Laboratories' Z machine. Z, the most energetic laboratory X-ray source on Earth, can duplicate the X-rays surrounding black holes that otherwise can be watched only from a great distance and then theorized about. "Of course, em ... more
Birmingham UK (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Scientists 'excited' by observations suggesting formation scenarios
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
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Munich, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
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NASA's asteroid sample return mission successfully adjusts course
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its thrusters to position itself on the correct course for its upcoming Earth flyby. The spacecraft, which is on a two-year outbound journey to asteroid Bennu, successfully performed a precision course adjustment on Wednesday to prepare for the gravity slingshot on Sept. 22. This trajectory correction maneuver was the first to use the spacecraft's Attitud ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Phoenicid meteor shower from dead comet arises again after 58 years
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 21, 2017
Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on September 1
Satellite photos reveal gigantic outburst floods
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Researchers from Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, studied satellite photographs of Lake Catalina, an ice-dammed lake in East Greenland - and were truly amazed: Unnoticed by science as well as people living in the area, the lake has been the source of four major outburst floods over the last 50 years - each representing an astounding mass of energy, equaling up to 240 Hiro ... more
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Methane hydrate is not a smoking gun in the Arctic Ocean
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal is for ESA to establish a long term cooperation with China and ESA astronauts to fly on China's space station. Returning from space, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality - includi ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 28, 2017
To boldly go where no startup has gone before
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
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Satellite photos reveal gigantic outburst floods
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Researchers from Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, studied satellite photographs of Lake Catalina, an ice-dammed lake in East Greenland - and were truly amazed: Unnoticed by science as well as people living in the area, the lake has been the source of four major outburst floods over the last 50 years - each representing an astounding mass of energy, equaling up to 240 Hiro ... more
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Methane hydrate is not a smoking gun in the Arctic Ocean
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts
NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space. News briefings, photo opportunities and other media events will be held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. NAS ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'


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