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September 13, 2017
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Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan



Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan. The spacecraft made its closest approach to Titan Sep 10 at 12:04 p.m. PDT (3:04 p.m. EDT), at an altitude of 73,974 miles (119,049 kilometers) above the moon's surface. The spacecraft is scheduled to make contact with Earth on Sept. 12 at about 6:19 p.m. PDT (9:19 p.m. EDT). Images and other science data taken during the encounter are expected to beg ... read more

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Europe's Science Highlights With Cassini
Paris (ESA) Sep 11, 2017
The international Cassini-Huygens mission has explored Saturn and its rings and moons for 13 years, and will conclude by plunging into the planet's atmosphere next week. This article highlights some ... more
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Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy After Cassini
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 11, 2017
As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration. In revealing that Satur ... more
EXO WORLDS
Could TRAPPIST-1's Seven Earth-size Planets Have Gas Giant Siblings
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
New work from a team of Carnegie scientists (and one Carnegie alumnus) asked whether any gas giant planets could potentially orbit TRAPPIST-1 at distances greater than that of the star's seven known ... more
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Cassini's 21st dive is over
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 05, 2017
The heavens often seem vast and unchanging as seen from Earth, but movement in the skies is the norm. The relative motions of both Cassini and Enceladus over a 15-minute period create the movement s ... more
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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 Augu ... more
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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
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
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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


NASA finds moon of Saturn has chemical that could form 'membranes'

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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



45 Kilometers on the Odometry for Opportunity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has the rover doing "hops" (drives) from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. (These lily pads are locations where the terrain is tilted sufficiently to the north to maximize the Sun illumination on the rover's so ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Life on Mars: Let's Try Oman Desert First for Space Mission
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
Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy After Cassini
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 11, 2017
As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration. In revealing that Saturn's moon Enceladus has many of the ingredients needed for life, the mission has inspired a pivot to the exploration of "ocean worlds" that has been sweeping planetary science over the past decade. ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan
Paris (ESA) Sep 11, 2017
Europe's Science Highlights With Cassini
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 05, 2017
Cassini's 21st dive is over
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the ultraviolet spectrograph and energetic-particle detector instruments aboard the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft, a team led by Barry Mauk of the Jo ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 06, 2017
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby
Climate change for aliens
Rochester NY (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
In February NASA astronomers discovered - seven Earth-like planets, potentially harboring life, orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1, not too far from Earth. Scientists have yet to discover life, or evidence of civilizations, on these or other planets. But in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, they often categorize hypothetical worlds according to the amount of energy their inhabitants ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
X-Rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-Hosting Stars
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Does the Organic Material of Comets Predate our Solar System?
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
X-rays Reveal Temperament of Possible Planet-hosting Stars
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have found evidence that near-ground biogenic emissions of organics suppress cloud formation in cool-temperate forests in autumn, providing clues to how global warming will affect cloud formation and the overall climate. Submicron atmospheric aerosols, although they are not so visible, play a pivotal role in the climate system. They cause temperature variations by scattering or ... more
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
High Resolution Smallsats Built by SSL Arrive at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Toulouse, France (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus to reshape Earth observation market with its Pleiades Neo constellation
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
First neutron beam produced: A great milestone for CSNS
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A neutron beam was produced at the China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) for the first time on August 28. The achievement is a milestone for the CSNS project as it marks the completion of main construction and the start of the test operation phase. The national CSNS facility, located in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, should be fully completed and open to domestic and international users by 2018, ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
UCLA physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Aussie quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
Iowa City IA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers propose how the universe became filled with light
Sling-shot show for NASA spacecraft over Australia
Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Using Earth's gravity to give it an orbital boost, OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018. The Earth flyby will give astronomers and those with high-end cameras a chance to view this rare encounter. OSIRIS-REx is on an extraordinary journey to bring back to Earth a sample from the surface of the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu that could potentially record the early history ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 07, 2017
Radar Reveals Two Moons Orbiting Asteroid Florence
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft to Slingshot Past Earth
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Close encounters of the stellar kind
Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists
Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
A secret world of animals and plants - including unknown species - may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday. The caves, hollowed out by steam from active volcanoes, are light and could reach temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), researchers said, raising the possibility of a whole ecosystem of flora and fauna deep beneath the frozen surface. ... more
Birmingham, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems
Reno NV (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate changes
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Ancient tree exposes cause of hike in Arctic temperature
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
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Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists
Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
A secret world of animals and plants - including unknown species - may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday. The caves, hollowed out by steam from active volcanoes, are light and could reach temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), researchers said, raising the possibility of a whole ecosystem of flora and fauna deep beneath the frozen surface. ... more
Birmingham, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems
Reno NV (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate changes
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Ancient tree exposes cause of hike in Arctic temperature
Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy After Cassini
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 11, 2017
As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration. In revealing that Saturn's moon Enceladus has many of the ingredients needed for life, the mission has inspired a pivot to the exploration of "ocean worlds" that has been sweeping planetary science over the past decade. ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan
Paris (ESA) Sep 11, 2017
Europe's Science Highlights With Cassini
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 05, 2017
Cassini's 21st dive is over


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