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New Full Ring View of Saturn

This portrait looking down on Saturn and its rings was created by Cassini fan Gordan Ugarkovic, from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Oct. 10, 2013. Read More »

Curiosity Rover Confirms It: Some Meteorites Are From Mars

NASA JPL October 17, 2013 NASA Rover Confirms Mars Origin of Some Meteorites PASADENA, Calif. — Examination of the Martian atmosphere by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover confirms that some meteorites that have dropped to Earth really are from the Red Planet. A key new measurement of the inert gas argon in Mars’ atmosphere by Curiosity’s laboratory provides the most definitive ... Read More »

Hubble Telescope Sees Comet ISON Intact

NASA October 17, 2013 NASA’s Hubble Sees Comet ISON Intact A new image of the sunward plunging comet ISON suggests that the comet is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus might disintegrate as the sun warms it. The comet will pass closest to the sun on Nov. 28. In this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image taken on ... Read More »

Asteroid 2013 TV135 – Earth Impact Fear May Be Overblown

NASA October 17, 2013 Asteroid 2013 TV135 – A Reality Check Newly discovered asteroid 2013 TV135 made a close approach to Earth on Sept. 16, when it came within about 4.2 million miles (6.7 million kilometers). The asteroid is initially estimated to be about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in size and its orbit carries it as far out as about ... Read More »

Future Spacecraft Will Use Solar-Electric Propulsion

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Cassini Finds Plastic on Titan

NASA JPL PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan’s lower atmosphere by Cassini’s composite ... Read More »

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