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09/15/2017 01:21 AM
NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet. "This is the final chapter of an amazing mission, but it’s also a new beginning,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for...

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09/14/2017 12:30 AM
Cassini’s Grand Finale

The international Cassini mission reaches its dramatic finale this Friday (Sept. 15, 2017) by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, concluding 13-years of exploration around the ringed planet. Here are some upcoming news conferences about the mission... 13 Sept 1PM EST / 5:00 PM GMT / 6:00 PM BST / 19:00 CEST: News conference with a detailed preview...

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09/07/2017 01:07 AM
ESA’s BepiColombo Prepares for Mercury

The ESA’s first mission to Mercury, BepiColombo, is now set for final thermal tests before launching to the hottest planet in our Solar System in October 2018. Europe said farewell to the spacecraft in July when it was at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in its launch configuration....

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09/07/2017 12:55 AM
To Celebrate Voyager’s 40th Anniversary, NASA Beams a Message to the Spacecraft

On Sept. 5, 2017 - the 40th anniversary of Voyager 1’s launch — NASA revealed the winning Message To Voyager and beamed it into space. "Message to Voyager" is a social media campaign inspired by the messages of goodwill carried on the Golden Record aboard each Voyager spacecraft. NASA invited the public to submit short,...

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09/07/2017 12:43 AM
Massive Amounts of Energy Swirl Over Jupiter’s Polar Regions

Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the ultraviolet spectrograph and energetic-particle detector instruments aboard the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft, a team led by Barry Mauk of...

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09/01/2017 12:19 AM
Want to Become a Solar System Ambassador for NASA?

Could you be one a NASA Solar System Ambassador? If you want to share your passion of space with the public, being one is the perfect platform to do so. The annual Solar System Ambassadors application period begins on Sept. 1 and ends on Sept. 30. Chosen applicants will begin a one-year, renewable term on...

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09/01/2017 12:06 AM
Mission Controller Hipster Fashion

Maybe you're familiar with the Mowhawk Hair Guy who was part of the mission controller staff for the Mars Curiosity Rover mission? Distinctive hairstyles in space circles are nothing new! The 1970s are known for being a fashion disaster, and to go with the awful clothes were awful hairstyles. Think hipster hairdos are cool? People...

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08/31/2017 11:48 PM
Stellar Close Encounters

The movements of more than 300,000 stars surveyed by ESA’s Gaia satellite reveal that rare close encounters with our Sun might disturb the cloud of comets at the far reaches of our Solar System, sending some towards Earth in the distant future. As the Solar System moves through the Galaxy, and as other stars move...

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08/29/2017 02:28 AM
The Wonder of Saturn as Demonstrated by the Cassini Mission

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has explored the Saturn system since 2004, re-writing our understanding of the giant planet, its rings, moons and magnetosphere. For 13 years the spacecraft’s incredible, truly otherworldly images have revealed the wonder of Saturn in surprising, often awe-inspiring ways. Cassini is planetary exploration at its finest, proving that to truly reveal the...

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08/23/2017 04:03 AM
First Look at Elon Musk’s Official SpaceX Spacesuit

Earlier today, Elon Musk released the first image of the official SpaceX Spacesuit on Instagram. Here's What he said: . First picture of SpaceX spacesuit. More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to...

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