Space Exploration

Cassini Sees Methane Clouds in Titan’s Summer Skies

On June 9, 2017, NASA’s Cassini orbiter captured an image of methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn’s moon Titan. Titan’s summer skies. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute. Compared to earlier in Cassini’s mission, most of the surface in Titan’s northern high latitudes is …

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NASA-Funded Startup to Build Fusion-Powered Rockets

Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the sun, but closer to home scientists are trying to develop fusion reactors that could provide immense amounts of energy. These reactors are big and (currently) inefficient, but a NASA-funded startup called Princeton Satellite Systems is working on a small-scale fusion reactor that …

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Cassini Beams Back New Image of Saturn’s Moon Iapetus

A new image of Saturn’s yin-yang moon, Iapetus, was recently captured by NASA’s Cassini probe, currently in its ‘Grand Finale’ phase. This image of Iapetus was taken with Cassini’s narrow-angle camera on March 11, 2017. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute. Iapetus, also known as Saturn VIII, …

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