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September 04, 2017
SPACE TRAVEL
Voyager Spacecraft: 40 Years of Solar System Discoveries



Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
In 1977, two NASA space probes destined to forever upend our view of the solar system launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The identical spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, took off in August and September 40 years ago and were programmed to pass by Jupiter and Saturn on different paths. Voyager 2 went on to visit Uranus and Neptune, completing NASA's "Grand Tour of the Solar System," perhaps the most exhilarating interplanetary mission ever flown. University of Colorado Boulder scientist ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA's Webb Telescope will study our solar system's ocean worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will use its infrared capabilities to study the "ocean worlds" of Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus, adding to observations previously made by NASA' ... more
SATURN DAILY
Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Its fateful plunge on Sept. 15 is a foregone conclusion - an April 22 gravitational kick from Saturn' ... more
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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 ... 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
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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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
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
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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



New mini tool has massive implications
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Brigham Young University researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars' atmosphere - and that's just one of its myriad possible uses. For decades mass spectrometers have offered a relatively fast and highly sensitive way to analyze and detect chemical compounds. But their bulky size has been a hindrance, limiting their in-field potential. ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2017
Opportunity seeks energy-favorable locations to recharge during winter
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
Citizen scientists spot Martian 'spiders' in unexpected places
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
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
Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Its fateful plunge on Sept. 15 is a foregone conclusion - an April 22 gravitational kick from Saturn's moon Titan placed the two-and-a-half ton vehicle on its path for impending destruction. Yet several mission milestones have to occur over the coming two-plus weeks to prepare the vehicle for one las ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities
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
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Beijing and Moscow may sign an agreement this October on joint space exploration, to be carried out in 2018-2022, Chinese media reported. The deal would cover five areas, including lunar and deep space exploration, satellite systems, space debris research and Earth remote sensing, CGTN broadcaster reported on Sunday. Xu Yansong, the head of the International Cooperation Department of ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
To Pluto and beyond
Cincinnati, OH (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's successful mission to Pluto in 2015 was spurred by a graduate student with a big idea. Alan Stern was finishing his astrophysics degree at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1989 when he approached NASA with the notion of sending a spacecraft to Pluto. Pluto is the farthest planet (some prefer dwarf planet) from the sun in our solar system. After NASA's Voyager 2 probe sent back ... 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
Ultraviolet Light May Be Ultra Important in Search for Life
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
In everyday life, ultraviolet, or UV, light earns a bad reputation for being responsible for sunburns and other harmful effects on humans. However, research suggests that UV light may have played a critical role in the emergence of life on Earth and could be a key for where to look for life elsewhere in the universe. A new study by Sukrit Ranjan of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrop ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
15 Fast Radio Bursts Detected from Distant Universe
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
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Teledyne e2v sensors will play a vital role in ESA's FLEX satellite mission to study plant health and stress from space
Essex, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
eledyne e2v has been awarded a multimillion euro contract by OHB System AG to supply customised Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission, under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The FLEX mission, which is the eighth in ESA's Earth Explorer programme, is scheduled to launch in 2022. For the first time, it wi ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
Russian scientists invent device allowing them to sense kilometers into Earth
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Rochester NY (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Man-made fossil methane emission levels larger than previously believed
Record-breaking galaxy 5 billion light-years away shows we live in a magnetic universe
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
A team of astronomers has observed the magnetic field of a galaxy five billion light-years from Earth. The galaxy is the most distant in which a coherent magnetic field has been observed and provides important insight into how magnetism in the Universe formed and evolved. The observation shows a magnetic field of a similar strength and configuration to that seen in our own Milky Way Galaxy ... more
Iowa City IA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers propose how the universe became filled with light
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Black hole models contradicted by hands-on tests at Sandia's Z machine
Birmingham UK (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Scientists 'excited' by observations suggesting formation scenarios
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NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security - Regolith Explorer), will pass about 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) above Earth just before 12:52 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 22. Using Earth as a slingshot, the spacecraft will receive an assist to complete its journey to the asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx is undertaking ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Close encounters of the stellar kind
Tucson AZ (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
House-Sized Near-Earth Objects Rarer Than We Thought
Miami (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Largest asteroid in a century to whiz by Sept 1
Warming the Antarctic 1 C vastly changes seabed life
Miami (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Human-driven climate change may substantially alter the seabed ecosystem in the already fragile Antarctic, slashing the diversity of some species and allowing other populations to explode, researchers warned Thursday. The findings of a field study designed to mimic real-world conditions in a warming ocean were published in the journal Current Biology. The experiments, undertaken in marin ... more
Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
New findings on the past and future of sea ice cover in the Arctic
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Climate change pushed songbirds from Bahamas in the wake of the last ice age
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Satellite photos reveal gigantic outburst floods
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Beijing and Moscow may sign an agreement this October on joint space exploration, to be carried out in 2018-2022, Chinese media reported. The deal would cover five areas, including lunar and deep space exploration, satellite systems, space debris research and Earth remote sensing, CGTN broadcaster reported on Sunday. Xu Yansong, the head of the International Cooperation Department of ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
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Warming the Antarctic 1 C vastly changes seabed life
Miami (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Human-driven climate change may substantially alter the seabed ecosystem in the already fragile Antarctic, slashing the diversity of some species and allowing other populations to explode, researchers warned Thursday. The findings of a field study designed to mimic real-world conditions in a warming ocean were published in the journal Current Biology. The experiments, undertaken in marin ... more
Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
New findings on the past and future of sea ice cover in the Arctic
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Climate change pushed songbirds from Bahamas in the wake of the last ice age
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Satellite photos reveal gigantic outburst floods
Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Its fateful plunge on Sept. 15 is a foregone conclusion - an April 22 gravitational kick from Saturn's moon Titan placed the two-and-a-half ton vehicle on its path for impending destruction. Yet several mission milestones have to occur over the coming two-plus weeks to prepare the vehicle for one las ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Activities
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


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