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April 17, 2014
Saturn's rings reveal how to make a moon
London, UK (SPX) Apr 17, 2014
Writing in the journal Icarus this week, Professor Carl Murray from Queen Mary's Astronomy Unit reports that recently discovered disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's outer bright A ring result from a small icy object that formed within the ring and which may be in the process of migrating out of it. They have nicknamed the object, 'Peggy'. "We hadn't seen anything like this before," explained Professor Murray. "We may be looking at the act of birth, where this object is just leaving the rings ... read more
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Russia plans to get a foothold in the Moon
Russia plans to organize a permanent base on the moon rather than leave it after several successful missions, the Russian deputy defense minister in charge of defense and space industries said. "The ... more

Join in the Cassini Name Game
As NASA's Cassini mission approaches its 10th anniversary at Saturn, its team members back here on Earth are already looking ahead to an upcoming phase. Starting in late 2016, the Cassini spac ... more

NASA's LRO Mission and North America to Experience Total Lunar Eclipse
When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours of April 15, they can expect the moon to look a little different. A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenome ... more
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Russian Federal Space Agency is elaborating Moon exploration program
The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has created a team of specialists, which will elaborate the Moon program. The scientists plan to launch three spacecraft - two landing and one orbital - ... more


New Catalog Brings NASA Software Down to Earth
From the rudimentary but effective Apollo Guidance and Navigation System that landed the first humans on the lunar landscape to the code used to manage robotic missions to explore other planets, sof ... more
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CubeSats, SmallSats and MicroSats

The Importance of Planetary Plumes
The Hubble Space Telescope is famous for finding black holes. It can pick out thousands of galaxies in a patch of sky the size of a thumbprint. The most powerful space telescope ever built, the Hubb ... more

What's so hard about counting craters?
Providing a rare glimpse of the trade secrets of planetary scientists, the journal Icarus published a study this month that compared lunar crater counts by eight professionals with crowdsourced coun ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia should be ready for non-contact war

China's maritime area being carved up

Foes flex muscles in east Ukraine as NATO beefs up forces

Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

Lockheed to continue torpedo maintenance

US missile cruiser headed back to port after fire


Science, Discovery Channels to broadcast private race to the moon
Just a week after Google announced its Lunar X competition, teams of engineers and scientists are racing to build a robotic spacecraft that can successfully land on the moon. A prize of $30 million awaits the first to accomplish the feat - and so does television stardom. ... more

Take the Plunge: LADEE Impact Challenge
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon. LADEE will continue to make important science observations before i ... more

Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus
In 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent pictures back to Earth depicting an icy Saturnian moon spewing water vapor and ice from fractures, known as "tiger stripes," in its frozen surface. It w ... more
UAV Payloads 2014, 24 - 25 June - London, UK
International Conference on Protection of Materials and Structures From Space Environment
Nuclear Supply Chain Summit - April 28-29 Greenville SC
Training Space Professionals Since 1970

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Land a Lunar Laser Reflector Now!
As we consider the next spacecraft to land on the Moon, let's not overlook an increasing problem in scientific research. The laser reflectors already on the Moon are getting old, and need to be repl ... more

New research finds 'geologic clock' that helps determine moon's age
An international team of planetary scientists determined that the Moon formed nearly 100 million years after the start of the solar system, according to a paper to be published April 3 in Nature. Th ... more
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Nutrient-rich forests absorb more carbon

Plugging an ozone hole

Faithful allies since the Cretaceous

Pioneering findings on the dual role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis

Study finds recent wolf-dog hybridization in Caucasus region

Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian Peninsula

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of US Clean Air Act


Cassini reports sub-surface ocean on Enceladus
Enceladus-one of Saturn's smaller satellites-has joined the ranks of Titan and Europa as a moon that appears to have liquid water splashing around inside of it, researchers say. New gravity data fro ... more

Scientists date Moon at 4.470 billion years
The Moon was formed about 95 million years after the birth of our Solar System, in a collision that also settled the structure of Earth as we know it, according to the latest attempt at dating that impact. ... more

Misleading mineral may have resulted in overestimate of water in moon
The amount of water present in the moon may have been overestimated by scientists studying the mineral apatite, says a team of researchers led by Jeremy Boyce of the UCLA Department of Earth, Planet ... more
The Path to Mars

Meteorite studies suggest hidden water on Mars

Getting in Place for a Better View of Endeavour Crater

Saturn's rings reveal how to make a moon

Saturn's hexagon: An amazing phenomenon

NASA Cassini Images May Reveal Birth of a Saturn Moon

Dwarf planet 'Biden' identified in an unlikely region of our solar system

Planet X myth debunked

WISE Finds Thousands Of New Stars But No Planet X

Russia plans to get a foothold in the Moon

Russian Federal Space Agency is elaborating Moon exploration program

Science, Discovery Channels to broadcast private race to the moon


A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses
For people in the United States, an extraordinary series of lunar eclipses is about to begin. The action starts on April 15th when the full Moon passes through the amber shadow of Earth, producing a ... more

Unique camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction
The only camera to return from NASA's moon missions in 1969-1972 was sold at an auction in Vienna Saturday for 550,000 euros ($760,000), far outdoing its estimated price. ... more

A Wet Moon
The Moon's status as a "dry" rock in space has long been questioned. Competing theories abound as to the source of the H20 in the lunar soil, including delivery of water to the Moon by comets. ... more

ASU camera creates stunning mosaic of moon's polar region
the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), run by the Arizona State University-based team under professor Mark Robinson, released what very well may be the largest image mosaic available on the ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Fracking to thank for lower emissions, API says

12 U.S. states account for 80 percent of wind power

Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet

Problem wells source of greenhouse gas at unexpected stage of natural gas production

Scientists Capture Ultrafast Snapshots of Light-Driven Superconductivity

New 'switch' could power quantum computing

Study Says Renewables to Hit 16 percent by 2018


Expeditions to the Moon: beware of meteorites


China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover rouses from latest slumber


NASA Releases First Interactive Mosaic of Lunar North Pole


Study on lunar crater counting shows crowdsourcing effective, accurate tool


Spacesuits And Moon Notes Among The Stars At Bonhams NYC Auction


MIT team proposes storing extra rocket fuel in space for future missions


Robotic Exploration of Moon, Mars a Priority


Russia to launch three lunar rovers from 2016 to 2019


China has no plans for lunar base project


Feature: The "masters" behind China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit

Preparation for Chang'e-5 launch on schedule

China capable of exploring Mars

Control circuit malfunction troubles China's Yutu

China's Lunar Lander Still Operational

China Focus: Uneasy rest begins for China's troubled Yutu rover

Is Yutu Stuck?

Japan's Pocari Sweat bound for the moon: maker

NASA takes major step in hunt for asteroids

Lunar ownership laws: a future necessity?

Responding to Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission Targets

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