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To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united



Ithaca NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring - the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA's Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. Without forces to hold the A ring in check, the ring would keep spreading out and ultimately disappear. "Cassini provided detail on the mass of Saturn's moons and the physical characteristics of the rings, so ma ... read more

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NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of t ... more
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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. ... 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
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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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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


Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan

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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
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



Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old mission is still several months from the soonest possible resumption of drilling into Martian rocks. Managers are enthusiastic about successful Earth-based tests of techniques to work around a mechanical ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
Mine craft for Mars
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's second Exploration Mission (EM-2). EM-2 will be the first mission to launch astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft with the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) on top of the Space Launch System (SLS). ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Potential human habitat located on Moon
To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united
Ithaca NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring - the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA's Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. Without forces to hold the A ring in check, the ring would keep spreading out and ultimately disappea ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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
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
Comet mission reveals 'missing link' in our understanding of planet formation
London, UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
span class="NL"> a href="http://www.ras.org.uk/ras" class="highlight">Royal Astronomical Society /a> br> /span> in our understanding of planet formation has been revealed by the first ever spacecraft to orbit and land on a comet, say German scientists. The study is published in a recent edition of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A research team led by Jurgen ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
From Comets Come Planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
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OGC announces a new standard that improves the way information is referenced to the Earth
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS) as OGC Abstract Specification - Topic 21 [OGC 15-104r5]. The goal of DGGS is to enable rapid assembly of spatial data without the difficulties of working with projected coordinate reference systems. The OGC DGGS Abstract Specification standard defines the conceptual model and a set of ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 26, 2017
Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Google Earth helps researchers identify 400 ancient stone gates in Saudi Arabia
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
GOES-T Satellite "Brains" and "Body" Come Together
Chaos reigns even in simple electronics
Cracow, Poland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
It's really surprising: it turns out that among simple electronic circuits, built of just a few components, many of them behave chaotically, in an extremely complicated, practically unpredictable manner. Physicists from the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow have discovered, examined and described dozens of new, unusual circuits of this type. What is especially int ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Stronger Tests of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity with Binary Neutron Stars
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
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Swansea UK (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
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Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 27, 2017
Minerals containing water are widespread on Ceres, suggesting the dwarf planet may have had a global ocean in the past. What became of that ocean? Could Ceres still have liquid today? Two new studies from NASA's Dawn mission shed light on these questions. The Dawn team found that Ceres' crust is a mixture of ice, salts and hydrated materials that were subjected to past and possibly recent ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 27, 2017
Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Asteroid Luca
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Groundwater and tundra fires may work together to thaw permafrost
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Groundwater may play an unrecognized role in thawing Arctic permafrost following wildfires, according to new research. The new study reveals that, after wildfire burns off a portion of organic rich soil that normally insulates permafrost, summer warmth penetrates deeper into the frozen soils, allowing groundwater to flow downgradient and potentially contributing to greater release of green ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
New crew and new research in Antarctica
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Study links rapid ice sheet melting with distant volcanic eruptions
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Scientists surprised to find jellyfish under Arctic sea ice
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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
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Groundwater and tundra fires may work together to thaw permafrost
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Groundwater may play an unrecognized role in thawing Arctic permafrost following wildfires, according to new research. The new study reveals that, after wildfire burns off a portion of organic rich soil that normally insulates permafrost, summer warmth penetrates deeper into the frozen soils, allowing groundwater to flow downgradient and potentially contributing to greater release of green ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
New crew and new research in Antarctica
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Study links rapid ice sheet melting with distant volcanic eruptions
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Scientists surprised to find jellyfish under Arctic sea ice
To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united
Ithaca NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring - the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA's Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. Without forces to hold the A ring in check, the ring would keep spreading out and ultimately disappea ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Saturn's A ring contained by not one, but seven moons
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
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