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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Dec. 22, 2015 — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting data and images from the mission's final close flyby of Saturn's active moon Enceladus. Cassini passed Enceladus at a distance of 3,106 ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — NASA's Dawn spacecraft, cruising in its lowest and final orbit at dwarf planet Ceres, has delivered the first images from its best-ever viewpoint. The new images showcase details of the cratered ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — The discovery of hundreds of giant comets in the outer planetary system over the last two decades means that these objects pose a much greater hazard to life than asteroids, a team of astronomers ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Not since 1977 has a full moon dawned in the skies on Christmas. But this year, a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays. December's full moon, the last of the year, is called ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — The Ancient Egyptian papyrus Cairo 86637 calendar is the oldest preserved historical document of naked eye observations of a variable star, the eclipsing binary Algol -- a manifestation of Horus, a ... read more

Dec. 5, 2015 — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby -- and the best close-ups of Pluto that humans may see for ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — There was a time when you could find spacecraft clean rooms in two sizes -- -- big and bigger. After all, these harsh-white, sterile environments have to handle very large spacecraft, support ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — As astronomers continue to find more and more planets around stars beyond our own Sun, they are trying to discover patterns and features that indicate what types of planets are likely to form around ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Researchers have discovered how water ions escape from Saturn's environment. Water ions find a place to exhaust out of the magnetosphere at a reconnection point -- basically where magnetic ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — The Gemini Planet Imager and the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed details of an unusual exoplanet and its star that suggest the planetary system underwent a violent episode in its early history ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — Scientists have found the first direct evidence for explosive releases of energy in Saturn's magnetic bubble using data from the Cassini ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A researcher has successfully generated 3-D simulations of deep jet streams and storms on Jupiter and Saturn, helping to satiate our eternal quest for knowledge of planetary dynamics. The results ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — The lunar space environment is much more active than previously assumed. The solar wind is reflected from the surface and crustal magnetic fields of the moon which has effects on for instance lunar ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Scientists suggest that 3.8 billion years ago, Mars might have had only a moderately dense atmosphere. The scientists have identified a photochemical process that could have helped such an early ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Mars' largest moon -- one of only two in our solar system moving inward towards its planet -- will eventually be torn apart by tidal forces and distributed in a ring around the planet, a study ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Scientists have proposed a new type of gamma-ray spectroscope that has ideal properties for planetary exploration and asteroid ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — Winds of over 2km per second have been discovered flowing around planet outside of the Earth's solar system, new research has ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — An atmospheric haze around a faraway planet -- like the one which probably shrouded and cooled the young Earth -- could show that the world is potentially habitable, or even be a sign of life ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — New observations made near the south pole of Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft add to the evidence that winter comes in like a lion on this moon of ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — The collection of rocky planets orbiting distant stars has just grown by one, and the latest discovery is the most intriguing one to date. The newfound world, although hot as an oven, is cool enough ... read more

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