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JunoCam breaks com silence with its first shots of Jupiter

JunoCam breaks com silence with its first shots of Jupiter During its tenure around Jupiter, Juno will make some 37 orbits, collecting data on Jupiter’s origins, structure, atmosphere, and magnetosphere.That puts the spacecraft close enough to peer hundreds of miles deep into the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter.

Where are all the large impact craters on Ceres?

Where are all the large impact craters on Ceres? Astronomers agree with you — most of the rocks in our asteroid belt look pretty careworn.So they expected that when NASA’s Dawn spacecraft got to Ceres, they would see similarly many large impact craters marring the dwarf planet’s surface, just like every other rocky thing in our entire solar system.

Curiosity offers new 360-degree panoramic views of strangely familiar rock formations on Mars

Curiosity offers new 360-degree panoramic views of strangely familiar rock formations on Mars gif, but for the best experience, you really should check out this click-to-pan 3D widget that NASA put out.Just like on Earth, sandstone subjected to wind erosion creates formations like arches, mesas and buttes, and the age of the formations can be discerned by their layers.

This week in space: all stuff from inside the solar system, for once

This week in space: all stuff from inside the solar system, for once We don’t have direct access to the core — the best we can do is boreholes and, sometimes, magma.For some years, scientists have been pretty sure that the inner core of the Earth is made of 85% iron and 10% nickel.

NASA scientist says border agents made him turn over his phone and pin code

NASA scientist says border agents made him turn over his phone and pin code -born NASA scientist was apparently one of the thousands of people ensnarled in the Trump administration's now-suspended travel ban.Sidd Bikkannavar, a natural-born American citizen, said he was detained at Houston's international airport on Jan.

NASA's Juno will stay in its 53-day orbit around Jupiter after engine troubles

NASA's Juno will stay in its 53-day orbit around Jupiter after engine troubles In light of engine troubles, NASA scientists have determined Juno should remain in its current 53-day orbit around Jupiter.Radiation hardening was one of the main mission considerations when building Juno, as Jupiter’s ludicrous magnetic field is enough to fry even the boldest of spacecraft.

Cassini readings from Enceladus show a thin icy crust and surprising heat below

Cassini readings from Enceladus show a thin icy crust and surprising heat below These jets originate from the “tiger stripes,” four warm fractures in the moon’s icy surface.“During this flyby, we obtained the first and, unfortunately, only high-resolution observations of Enceladus’ south pole at microwave wavelengths,” said lead author Alice Le Gall in a statement.

NASA Reinvents Chain Mail, Makes it Even More Badass

NASA Reinvents Chain Mail, Makes it Even More Badass NASA (also known as the overachiever of the science world), has developed a system of 3D printed chainmail for spacecraft and astronauts.Yes, I said chainmail.

NASA Debuts 3D-Printed Space Chain Mail

NASA Debuts 3D-Printed Space Chain Mail So, in a reductionist sense, this new metal fabric is like chain mail, except with stuff attached to it.One side has little square metal plates on all the rings, to provide an almost unbroken surface of metal armor.

Cassini's First Grand Finale Images of Saturn Are In, and They're Stunning

Cassini's First Grand Finale Images of Saturn Are In, and They're Stunning The first images from the Grand Finale have been sent back to NASA, and they’re stunning.They’re also just the start — Cassini has 21 more close orbits planned.

This Week in Space: Cassini, the James Webb Space Telescope, and Bricks

This Week in Space: Cassini, the James Webb Space Telescope, and Bricks NASA finally unfurled the James Webb Space Telescope!There, mission techs and scientists will test and calibrate the telescope’s instruments.

In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science

In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science “I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape.While the gas giant’s north pole was in shadow for the first part of the Cassini mission, it’s now in full sunlight, which enables Cassini scientists to directly image it in reflected light.