Space Exploration

Cassini Image: Saturn’s Clouds Up Close

NASA’s Cassini mission has shared an amazing close-up portrait of Saturn taken from the Cassini robotic probe. This is a false color image of Saturn, with exaggerated colors to enhance subtle variations in color to bring out details of the cloud structure. The view is centered on 46 degrees north …

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NASA May Use Atomic Rockets to Reach Mars

Engineers have developed some truly impressive rockets over the decades, including the Saturn V that sent men to the moon. However, they’ve all been chemical rockets, which need an enormous amount of fuel just to slip the bonds of gravity and reach orbit. As NASA sets its sights on more …

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New Study Sheds Light on Chemical Make-Up of Ice Giants

An international team of planetary researchers from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and Jilin University, China, has used computer simulations to attempt to solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surfaces of Uranus, Neptune, and extrasolar ‘ice giants.’ Artist’s impression of an extrasolar ‘ice giant.’ Inside our Solar System, …

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Juno Sees Jupiter’s ‘Little Red Spot’

A stunning new image of Jupiter captured by NASA’s Juno robotic orbiter shows a huge storm called the North North Temperate Little Red Spot 1 (NN-LRS-1), the third largest anticyclonic storm on the gas giant. The North North Temperate Little Red Spot 1. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI …

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