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New Photos of Saturn

Monday, March 5th, 2007

“The Cassini spacecraft has recently entered a highly-inclined orbit around Saturn, revealing some never-before-seen images of the planet’s ring system as seen from above and below the planet. ‘Sailing high above Saturn and seeing the rings spread out beneath us like a giant, copper medallion is like exploring an alien world we’ve never seen before. It just doesn’t look like the same place. It’s so utterly breath-taking, it almost gives you vertigo.’ The spacecraft will eventually return to its standard orbit parallel to the ring plane in late June.”

Venus Express gone into Orbit

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Accommodate Students writes “The BBC is reporting on the first space mission to Venus in a decade, which is about to reach its target. From the article: ‘On Tuesday morning, a European robotic craft will perform a 50-minute-long engine burn to slow its speed enough to be captured by Venus’ gravity. Venus Express will orbit our nearest planetary neighbour for about 500 Earth days to study its atmosphere, which has undergone runaway greenhouse warming.’ If all goes well, it could shed important light on climate change here on Earth.”

New Rings and Moons Around Uranus

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

(Dec 23, 2005) NASA‘s Hubble Space Telescope has helped discover new rings and two small moons orbiting Uranus. The largest ring is twice the size of the planet’s previously known rings, and went undiscovered until now because they’re so far away from the planet. Scientists think that particles in these rings are slowly spiraling away from Uranus, so there must be some source constantly replenishing them with new material.

Universe Today – New Rings and Moons Around Uranus

Precursor to Proteins, DNA Found in Stellar Disk

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Good news to all space geeks and SETI freaks! I say we send a probe immedately!

Lahuis Artist Concept MAUNA KEA (December 20, 2005) Astronomers at W. M. Keck Observatory have found – for the first time – some of the basic compounds necessary to build organic molecules and one of the bases found in DNA within the inner regions of a planet-forming disk. The object, known as “IRS 46,” is located in the Milky Way galaxy, about 375 light years from Earth, in the constellation Ophiuchus. The results will be published in an upcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

“We see prebiotic organic molecules in comets and the gas giant planets in our own solar system and wonder, where did these chemicals come from?â€? said Dr. Marc Kassis, support astronomer at the W. M. Keck Observatory. “The Spitzer Space Telescope is letting us study these young stellar objects in new and revealing ways, giving us exciting clues about where life may form in the universe.”

Lahuis Spectrum The two organic compounds found — acetylene and hydrogen cyanide — are commonly found in our own solar system, such as the atmospheres of the giant gas planets, the icy surfaces of comets, and the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Another carbon-containing species detected, carbon dioxide, is widespread in the atmospheres of Venus, the Earth, and Mars.

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Precursor to Proteins, DNA Found in Stellar Disk

Voyager at the Edge of our Solarsystem

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Yay! Send more probes!

dalmozian writes “NASA’s Latest News about the Voyager 1 is being run on Sci-Tech. The Voyager has passed into the border region at the edge of the solar system and now is sending back information about this never-before-explored area, say scientists at the University of Maryland. From the article: ‘Voyager 1 and its twin spacecraft Voyager 2 are now part of a NASA Interstellar Mission to explore the outermost edge of the sun’s domain and beyond. Both Voyagers are capable of returning scientific data from a full range of instruments, with adequate electrical power and attitude control propellant to keep operating until 2020.'” The proof of crossing the termination shock was covered earlier this year but now we can see the actual data.

Slashdot | Voyager 1 Sends Messages from the Edge