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  • NASA's Dawn satellite has reached the asteroid belt. First stop: Vesta.

    Vesta and Ceres, the two largest objects in the asteroid belt, have mystified scientists for centuries. With NASA satellite Dawn on final approach to Vesta, the wait is almost over.
    06/23/2011 07:22 pm

  • Hidden sea on a Saturn moon? New evidence says yes.

    Satellite Cassini flew through geyser plumes spouting from Enceladus and gathered ice crystals. These crystals are salt-rich, suggesting that a hidden salty sea lurks beneath Enceladus's icy cap.
    06/22/2011 07:20 pm

  • How Mercury is like Saturn (and other surprises from NASA's orbiter)

    NASA's Messenger craft has been orbiting Mercury for 88 days. Among its findings: a Saturn-like magnetic field, high concentrations of sulfur, and some support for the notion there is water ice in shadowed craters.
    06/16/2011 08:00 pm

  • End of the world May 21st? About a billion years too soon, astronomers say.

    Beginning of the end of the world: May 21st is what a California minister (with a considerable following) predicts. Scientists, for their part, consider the sun's 'habitable zone' in calculating when Earth will become toast.
    05/20/2011 05:54 pm

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Uranus
  • Europa or bust? Maybe not. Top 9 priorities for planetary research missions

    The National Research Council has just unveiled planetary scientists' space-mission wish-list for the next 10 years. Tight federal budgets will provide the reality check. Here's a sampler of missions the panel recommends NASA undertake this decade.
    03/08/2011 02:55 pm

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Massive Storms
  • In Pictures Space Photos of the Day: Blast off
  • Cool Astronomy Scientists plan Uranus probe

    Proposed by British scientists as a joint effort of NASA and the European Space Agency, the mission would offer the first close-up view of Uranus in 25 years.
    01/07/2011 02:41 pm

  • What's new with Titan? Five intriguing findings about Saturn's moon

    Like many a robotic planetary mission, you've gotta love the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn – a joint effort between NASA and the European Space Agency. It launched in 1997 and for the past six years (yes, it took some time to get there), Cassini has been the gift that keeps on giving. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, continues to be one of Cassini's most intriguing targets. It's the only planetary satellite with a thick atmosphere – a hydrocarbon haze that makes a smoggy day in Los Angeles look crystal clear by comparison. And although it's a cold moon, with lakes of liquid methane, Titan has many of the compounds that on Earth were the building blocks for organic life. It's high on the list of "let's go back" destinations among astrobiologists. So far, Cassdini has performed 73 flybys of Titan, including eight this year. Here are some of this year's eye-popping discoveries associated with Cassini's observations of Titan.
    12/22/2010 05:10 pm

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