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November 02, 2017
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Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind



Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
The radiation belts of Earth and Saturn differ more strongly than previously assumed. In these belts, very energetic particles, such as electrons and protons, move around the planet at high velocities - captured by its magnetic field. In the case of the Earth, the solar wind, a current of charged particles from the Sun varying in strength, controls the intensity of the radiation belt both directly and indirectly. The radiation belts of Saturn, however, develop completely independently of the solar ... read more

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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, ... 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
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


Cassini readies final plunge into Saturn

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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
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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



Winters leave marks on Mars' sand dunes
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
New lab experiments suggest the sublimation of carbon dioxide - which freezes in the winter and thaws in the spring - is leaving unique marks on Mars' sand dunes. Much science has been devoted to the events and processes that shaped the Martian surface millions of years ago, but a team of scientists at the University of Dublin, in Ireland, wanted to better understand how the Red Plane ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 01, 2017
Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space. "We are the Ferrari of timers with the components of a tractor," says Nikolai Adamovitch of Eventech. "We provide extreme timing accuracy using re ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
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
Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
The radiation belts of Earth and Saturn differ more strongly than previously assumed. In these belts, very energetic particles, such as electrons and protons, move around the planet at high velocities - captured by its magnetic field. In the case of the Earth, the solar wind, a current of charged particles from the Sun varying in strength, controls the intensity of the radiation belt both ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united
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
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently
London UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Jupiter's intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new UCL-led research using ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray observatories. The study, published in Nature Astronomy, found that very high-energy X-ray emissions at Jupiter's south pole consistently pulse every 11 minutes. Meanwhile those at the north pole are erratic: increasing and decre ... more
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
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
One small doorstep for man: Cosmic mat welcomes aliens
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
It may look like an ordinary door mat, but its creators insist the conceptual art piece could encourage alien life to visit Earth - and help create a new kind of space archaeology. Dubbed the "Cosmic Welcome Mat" it features swirls of red, sky blue, and violet against a black border, and is meant to convey a warm reception to all sentient life in the universe. Experimental philosopher J ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien
London, UK (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Citizen scientist spots comet tails streaking past distant star
London, UK (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
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Orbital ATK Successfully Launches Minotaur C Rocket Carrying 10 Spacecraft to Orbit for Planet
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Orbital ATK reports its commercial Minotaur C rocket successfully launched 10 commercial spacecraft into orbit for Planet. The Minotaur C launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The rocket's first stage ignited at 2:37 p.m. (PDT), and just over 12 minutes later, Planet's six SkySat spacecraft began to deploy one at a time into their targeted sun synchronous orbit 310 miles (50 ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
OGC announces a new standard that improves the way information is referenced to the Earth
Hampton VA (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
First SAGE III Atmospheric Data Released for Public Use
Paris (ESA) Oct 26, 2017
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NuSTAR Probes Black Hole Jet Mystery
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 31, 2017
Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them. A small portion of material gets shot back out in powerful jets of hot gas, called plasma, that can wreak havoc on their surroundings. Along the way, this plasma somehow gets energized enough to strongly radiate light, forming two bright columns along the black hole's axis of rotation. Scient ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 31, 2017
Chinese scientists measure universe with "magic ruler"
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Monster colliding black holes might lurk on the edge of spiral galaxies
Southampton UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
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Rosetta finds comet plume powered from below
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
Last year, a fountain of dust was spotted streaming from Rosetta's comet, prompting the question: how was it powered? Scientists now suggest the outburst was driven from inside the comet, perhaps released from ancient gas vents or pockets of hidden ice. The plume was seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on 3 July 2016, just a few months before the end of the mission and as Comet 67P/Churyumov- ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
NASA Evaluates Use of a Coin-Sized Thermometer to Characterize Comets and Earthbound Asteroids
Paris (ESA) Oct 31, 2017
ROSINA Spectral Measurements Bring Comet's Chemistry to Life
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
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Canada caribou herds, habitat continue to decline: report
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Canada has failed boreal caribou herds that are at risk of disappearing, a government report concluded Tuesday. Their habitat stretches across nine provinces and territories, on mostly government lands. Governments in each of these regions were mandated in 2012 to come up with recovery strategies for the animals. But the Environment Canada report found that none of them met an Octobe ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
'Scars' left by icebergs record West Antarctic ice retreat
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Groundwater and tundra fires may work together to thaw permafrost
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
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Canada caribou herds, habitat continue to decline: report
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Canada has failed boreal caribou herds that are at risk of disappearing, a government report concluded Tuesday. Their habitat stretches across nine provinces and territories, on mostly government lands. Governments in each of these regions were mandated in 2012 to come up with recovery strategies for the animals. But the Environment Canada report found that none of them met an Octobe ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
'Scars' left by icebergs record West Antarctic ice retreat
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Groundwater and tundra fires may work together to thaw permafrost
Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
The radiation belts of Earth and Saturn differ more strongly than previously assumed. In these belts, very energetic particles, such as electrons and protons, move around the planet at high velocities - captured by its magnetic field. In the case of the Earth, the solar wind, a current of charged particles from the Sun varying in strength, controls the intensity of the radiation belt both ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united
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
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