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Cassini finds interstellar dust during its Solstice flyby of Enceladus

Cassini finds interstellar dust during its Solstice flyby of Enceladus As part of the extended Solstice mission, NASA and the ESA sent Cassini diving through the plumes of these cryovolcanoes on a recent flyby of Enceladus.Far from just boring old water, Cassini found complex organic molecules, CO2, and even bits of Enceladus’ seafloor in the vaporous plumes.

New data from Cassini reveals Titan has canyons filled with liquid methane

New data from Cassini reveals Titan has canyons filled with liquid methane It’s hard to describe Titan without getting a little breathless — the place is a little like Earth’s “upside down.As hydrocarbon rain turns into rivers and carve through the surface, canyons proportionate to our Grand Canyon run with flowing methane.

This Week In Space: Lost spacecraft found, Curiosity 360 camera, and a new neighbor orbiting Proxima Centauri

This Week In Space: Lost spacecraft found, Curiosity 360 camera, and a new neighbor orbiting Proxima Centauri Planetary science has made some fun advances this week via NASA, too: Curiosity and Cassini have both been acting like rock stars.Radar measurements and specular analysis confirm it: Titan has surface features just like Earth, but it has a methane cycle where Earth has a water cycle.

NASA’s big announcement was worth the wait: confirmed cryovolcanoes on Europa

NASA’s big announcement was worth the wait: confirmed cryovolcanoes on Europa After much anticipation, NASA held a press conference on Monday to detail new findings from images of Jupiter’s moon Europa.These plumes of water ice, sometimes referred to as “cryovolcanoes,” are exciting targets for further scientific study.

Science in motion: NASA has a new giphy channel and it's fabulous

Science in motion: NASA has a new giphy channel and it's fabulous ) Home schoolers and STEM educators in particular could use this page as an engaging jumping-off point for teaching little zerglings about space.We think of orbits as if every pass occurs along the same line in space, like a train on a track.

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants The Great Observatory is still going strong after its 2009 tuneup, and now the Space Telescope Science Institute has a little bit more scratch to keep the Hubble project running until 2021.This year, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit around our planet.

New photos from venerable spacecraft show off incredible details in Saturn’s rings

New photos from venerable spacecraft show off incredible details in Saturn’s rings New images beamed back from the Cassini spacecraft show Saturn's distinctive rings in unprecedented detail.The photos reveal waves in the outer rings caused by the motions of some of Saturn's moons and clumps of material within the rings.

What even is this weird little moon?

What even is this weird little moon? The little moon, which has been compared to a ravioli, President Donald Trump and a UFO, seems to have a rocky ridge growing out of its middle section.8-mile-wide moon, was formed by the strange interplay of gravity in Pan's part of space.

This week in space: SpaceX, Blue Origin, and still no aliens

This week in space: SpaceX, Blue Origin, and still no aliens SpaceX just announced that its Falcon 9 rocket will carry EchoStar 23 into space next week.Blue Origin unveiled their new reusable heavy-lift rocket, christened the New Glenn.

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.

This week in space: Enceladus entices, SpaceX succeeds, and Mars is a bad vacation spot right now

This week in space: Enceladus entices, SpaceX succeeds, and Mars is a bad vacation spot right now DSCOVR, the jointly NASA- and NOAA-operated climate satellite, was launched by a SpaceX rocket in 2015.In other rocket news, SpaceX managed to launch their rocket, after a two-day delay because of high winds.