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Space Probes News
December 12, 2019

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Since its 2018 launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe (record-holder for closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun) has finished three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored ... read more
Researchers report the spacecraft Voyager 2 has reached interstellar space, following Voyager 1's historic passage six years ago. In the study, the researchers note a jump in ... read more

Origin and Chemical Makeup of Saturn's Moon Titan's Dunes

Astronomers exposed acetylene ice -- a chemical that is used on Earth in welding torches and exists at Titan's equatorial regions -- at low temperatures to proxies of high-energy galactic cosmic ... read more

Lakes on Saturn's Moon Titan Are Explosion Craters, New Models Suggest

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft may help explain why some methane-filled lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are surrounded by steep rims that reach hundreds of feet high. The models suggests that ... read more
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Sun Corona in Unprecedented Clarity

Early returns from the US Naval Research Laboratory's camera on NASA's latest mission to study the Sun's corona revealed on Dec. 4 a star more complex than ever ... read more

Ice on Lunar South Pole May Have More Than One Source

New research sheds light on the ages of ice deposits reported in the area of the Moon's south pole -- information that could help identify the sources of the deposits and help in planning future ... read more

Could We Feed One Million People Living on Mars?

A provocative new study looks at the resource utilization and technological strategies that would be needed to make a Mars population of one million people food ... read more

Tripling Shelf Life of Macaroni and Cheese

Scientists have developed a way to triple the shelf life of ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese, a development that could have benefits for everything from space travel to military ... read more

Laser Prototype for Space-Based Gravitational Wave Detector

Researchers have announced a prototype for a laser at the heart of the first space-based gravitational wave observatory, known as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) ... read more

Saturn's Icy Rings Are as Old as the Solar System Itself, Study Suggests

No one knows for certain when Saturn's iconic rings formed, but a new study suggests that they are much older than some scientists ... read more

Saturn's Rings Shine in Hubble's Latest Portrait

Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth. These images, however, ... read more

The Dark Side of Extrasolar Planets Share Surprisingly Similar Temperatures

A new study by astronomers has found that the temperature on the nightsides of different hot Jupiters -- planets that are similar size in to Jupiter, but orbit other stars -- is surprisingly uniform, ... read more

Helping NASA Spacecraft Travel Faster and Farther With Math

By combining cutting-edge machine learning with 19th-century mathematics, a mathematician is working to make NASA spacecraft lighter and more damage tolerant by developing methods to detect ... read more

Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Confirmed

An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next ... read more

Enabling Longer Space Missions

The Hall thruster is a propulsion system that is often used by spacecraft engaged in longer missions. A recent study has shown how the operating lives of these systems can be further ... read more

Moon Glows Brighter Than Sun in Images from NASA's Fermi

If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space for the past ... read more

NASA's MMS Finds First Interplanetary Shock

NASA's MMS mission just made the first high-resolution measurements of an interplanetary shockwave launched from the ... read more

How Deep Space Travel Could Affect the Brain

Exposure to chronic, low dose radiation -- the conditions present in deep space -- causes neural and behavioral impairments in mice, researchers report. These results highlight the pressing need to ... read more

A New Lens for Life-Searching Space Telescopes

Researchers have designed a new kind of telescope that is a cheaper, lighter and more powerful option than creating telescopes using ever-larger mirrors. With a fleet of the new space telescopes, ... read more

Shining (Star)light on the Search for Life

In the hunt for life on other worlds, astronomers scour over planets that are light-years away. They need ways to identify life from afar -- but what counts as good evidence? To know a true sign when ... read more

Scientists Reproduce the Dynamics Behind Astrophysical Shocks

Article describes first laboratory measurement of the precursors to high-energy astronomical ... read more

Flying the Final Approach to Tranquility Base, the Moon

Why did Neil Armstrong take over and fly the first lunar landing manually? A stunning recreated video shows what he saw out his ... read more

Alternating Currents Cause Jupiter's Aurora

An international research team has measured the system of currents that generates Jupiter's aurora. The scientists found out that sulphur dioxide gas from the gas giant's Moon Io is the ... read more

Atmosphere of Midsize Planet Revealed by Hubble, Spitzer

Two NASA space telescopes have identified the detailed chemical 'fingerprint' of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. No planets like this can be found in our own solar system, ... read more

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