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NASA's Cassini Probe Will Collide With Saturn This Friday

NASA's Cassini Probe Will Collide With Saturn This Friday We’re mere days away from the end of NASA’s Cassini mission.The spacecraft has been exploring Saturn and its entourage of moons for more than a decade, but the time has come to execute the “Grand Finale.

How Cassini quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system

How Cassini quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system For the past 13 years, a bus-sized spacecraft named Cassini has quietly transformed our understanding of the solar system.The Cassini mission — a $3.

Little boy walking dog in astronaut costume sparks cosmic Photoshop battle

Little boy walking dog in astronaut costume sparks cosmic Photoshop battle There are some images that seem destined for Photoshop battle greatness.Adorable children and dogs both work well, but when you combine the two and add in an astronaut costume you're positively golden.

Behold, Elon Musk's spectacular SpaceX blooper reel

Behold, Elon Musk's spectacular SpaceX blooper reel When you've piled up as many successes as Elon Musk has, you can afford to take a little time to laugh at yourself and the failures that led to all the good stuff.Such is the case with SpaceX, as Musk has made good on his promise to drop a "blooper reel" of SpaceX failures and, hoo boy, it does not disappoint.

Radiative Cooling Tosses Heat Into Space, Could Reinvent A/C

Radiative Cooling Tosses Heat Into Space, Could Reinvent A/C But what if we were able to take that heat and toss it out into space?Depending upon conditions, energy savings could be north of 70%, dramatically cutting into a building’s carbon footprint, and knocking climate change on two fronts.

The Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn to save its moons

The Cassini spacecraft will crash into Saturn to save its moons But as with all things involving spaceflight, the reason for Cassini's collision course with Saturn is nothing if not practical.This means that the probe could smash into one of the planet's potentially habitable moons.

We won't know about Cassini's death at Saturn until 83 minutes after it happens

We won't know about Cassini's death at Saturn until 83 minutes after it happens One minute after the Cassini spacecraft plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere, it will die, but we won't know it until 83 minutes later.The final signal NASA scientists receive from Cassini will be a ghostly cry from a long-gone spacecraft.

Cassini sent back its final Saturn photos, and we're not crying, you are

Cassini sent back its final Saturn photos, and we're not crying, you are The Cassini spacecraft is now feeling the inexorable tug of Saturn's gravity as the bus-sized spacecraft is being pulled down into the giant planet's cloud tops.Other photos show Titan's hazy atmosphere for the last time from close range.

Cassini, one of humanity's best spacecraft, is officially dead at Saturn

Cassini, one of humanity's best spacecraft, is officially dead at Saturn "We have loss of signal," the flight director for the mission said, as Cassini's final dispatch from Saturn ended.Scientists have been planning to send Cassini into Saturn's atmosphere for some time.

Mission controllers reacting to the end of the Cassini mission at Saturn will make you emotional

Mission controllers reacting to the end of the Cassini mission at Saturn will make you emotional Scientists aren't exactly known for their public displays of emotion, but sometimes, that's what a moment calls for.On Friday, as the long-running Cassini mission at Saturn came to a close, mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California couldn't help but get a little teary as they said goodbye to a spacecraft that had been in space for two decades.

How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System

How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System To-date, this has been the only successful probe landing in the outer solar system.But we weren’t necessarily counting on all the surprise beauty shots that Cassini captured of Saturn and its surroundings.

Earth sends Cassini a whole lot of love after the mission comes to a bittersweet end

Earth sends Cassini a whole lot of love after the mission comes to a bittersweet end After 13 years of exploration, the Cassini spacecraft finally met its demise, hurtling itself into Saturn's atmosphere and burning up early Friday morning.And as was expected, people everywhere are mourning the loss of the iconic mission.

NASA's New Horizons Probe Wakes Up to Study Kuiper Belt

NASA's New Horizons Probe Wakes Up to Study Kuiper Belt More than three and a half billion miles away, NASA’s New Horizons probe has woken up from its long slumber, ready to take on a new mission in the outer reaches of the solar system.Now it’s on toward other Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), which could tell us even more about the solar system than Pluto did.

Cassini's final image of Saturn shows the spot where it was doomed to die

Cassini's final image of Saturn shows the spot where it was doomed to die Just before Cassini was vaporized while falling through the extreme pressure of Saturn's clouds, the bus-sized spacecraft beamed home an image of the spot where it would meet its fate.Another gif also shows the exact spot where Cassini was expected to fall into Saturn.

This pitch-black 'hot Jupiter' orbits an alien star and is darker than asphalt

This pitch-black 'hot Jupiter' orbits an alien star and is darker than asphalt A planet orbiting a star 1,400 light-years from Earth is darker than asphalt.New data from the Hubble Space Telescope shows that WASP-12b, which has a radius twice as large as Jupiter's, is an incredibly hot planet with a very low albedo—meaning that it's incredibly dark.