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October 18, 2017
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Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons



(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Until recently, astronomers assumed Saturn's A ring was contained by a single moon, Janus, the gas giant's largest. But new research shows the A ring, the outermost of Saturn's large, bright rings, is confined by seven moons. The orbital resonances of the seven moons, new research shows, prevents the A ring from diffusing into nothingness. Without the seven moons, the ring's material would spread out and dissipate entirely over time. The revelation was made possible by observations recor ... read more

SATURN DAILY
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings ... more
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Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists. Although the storms are relativel ... more
IRON AND ICE
Hubble Observes the Farthest Active Inbound Comet Yet Seen
Baltimore MD (SPX) Sep 29, 2017
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at a whopping distance of 1.5 billion miles from the Sun (beyond Saturn's orbit). Slightly warmed by the r ... more
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NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Sat ... more
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Cassini Spacecraft Demise Is Bittersweet for PSI's Hansen
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
When the Cassini spacecraft ends its mission Friday morning, melting and breaking apart in Saturn's atmosphere, Candy Hansen will be filled with sadness as well as satisfaction. Hansen, a Seni ... more
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Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion guides Cassini to its Grand Finale at Saturn
Sacramento CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne played a vital role in the planned plunge of NASA's Cassini spacecraft into Saturn. As the spacecraft entered the atmosphere, Aerojet Rocketdyne's onboard Reaction Control Thruste ... more
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CU Boulder Scientists Ready for Cassini Mission to Saturn Grand Finale
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
University of Colorado Boulder Professor Larry Esposito has been eying the fabulous rings of Saturn for much of his career, beginning as a team scientist on NASA's Pioneer 11 mission when he discove ... more
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Cassini readies final plunge into Saturn
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
NASA's Cassini probe is counting its final hours before one last plunge into Saturn on Friday that will cap a fruitful 13-year mission that greatly expanded knowledge about the gas giant. ... more
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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 ... 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


Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy After Cassini

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 Augu ... 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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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



What NASA's simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law
Kent UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their "journey to Mars" involved being isolated below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in Hawaii (Mauna Loa), and was designed to better understand the psychological impacts of manned missions. NASA, which aims to send expeditions to Mars by the 2 ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Mimetic Martian water is highly pressurized, experiments show
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon's interior
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story. "The mantle of the earth is made mostly of a mineral called olivine, and the assumption is usually that all planets are like the Earth," said Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Scien ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
How bright is the moon, really?
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems. While analysis of science data from the final plunge will take some time, Cassini engineers already have a pretty clear understanding of how the spacecraft itsel ... more
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronome ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist. A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from the University of Exeter, has given a fascinating new insight into one of the most respected theories of how planets are formed. Young stars start out with a massive disk of gas and dust that o ... more
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
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Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit
Plesetsk, Russia (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Watching plant photosynthesis from space
Moscow (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere
Cardiff, UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Baltic clams and worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20,000 dairy cows
Filling the early universe with knots can explain why the world is three-dimensional
Nashville TN (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The next time you come across a knotted jumble of rope or wire or yarn, ponder this: The natural tendency for things to tangle may help explain the three-dimensional nature of the universe and how it formed. An international team of physicists has developed an out-of-the-box theory which proposes that shortly after it popped into existence 13.8 billion years ago the universe was filled wit ... more
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
'Find the Lady' in the quantum world
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Spotting the spin of the Majorana fermion under the microscope
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
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Earth's New Traveling Buddy Is an Asteroid, Not Space Junk
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
At the 49th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting in Provo, Utah, astronomers led by Vishnu Reddy at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory confirm the true nature of one of Earth's companions on its journey around the Sun. Was it a burned-out rocket booster, tumbling along a peculiar near-Earth orbit around the Sun, and only occasionally getting close enough to ... more
Provo, UT (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Number of Undiscovered Near-Earth Asteroids Revised Downward
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 Poses no Danger to Earth
As ice sheet melts, Greenland's fjords become less salty
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
New data suggests the water around Greenland is becoming less salty as the island's ice sheet melts. Researchers with Denmark's Aarhus University detailed the impact of melting ice on Greenland's coastal waters in a new paper published this week in the journal Scientific Reports. The loss of ice in Greenland is relatively well documented. Over the last two decades, the island's i ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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As ice sheet melts, Greenland's fjords become less salty
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
New data suggests the water around Greenland is becoming less salty as the island's ice sheet melts. Researchers with Denmark's Aarhus University detailed the impact of melting ice on Greenland's coastal waters in a new paper published this week in the journal Scientific Reports. The loss of ice in Greenland is relatively well documented. Over the last two decades, the island's i ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems. While analysis of science data from the final plunge will take some time, Cassini engineers already have a pretty clear understanding of how the spacecraft itsel ... more
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Tampa FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
NASA's $3.9 bn Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
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