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Space Probes News
June 16, 2019

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Researchers have shown that Mimas, one of Saturn's moons, acted as a kind of remote snowplough, pushing apart the ice particles that make up ... read more
A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the ... read more
It's one of the greatest and longest-running mysteries surrounding, quite literally, our sun: Why is its outer atmosphere hotter than its ... read more
Newly discovered layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars' north pole are the remnants of ancient polar ice sheets and could be one of the largest water reservoirs on the ... read more
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Mercury Has a Solid Inner Core: New Evidence

Scientists have long known that Earth and Mercury have metallic cores. Like Earth, Mercury's outer core is composed of liquid metal, but there have only been hints that Mercury's innermost ... read more

NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises With Titan's Lakes

On its final flyby of Saturn's largest moon in 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere are surprisingly ... read more

Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water from Moon

Streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor, according to researchers using data from NASA's LADEE spacecraft. The findings will help ... read more

NASA's Landmark Twins Study Reveals Resilience of Human Body in Space

Newly published research reveals some interesting, surprising and reassuring data about how one human body adapted to -- and recovered from -- the extreme environment of ... read more

New Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather

A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth's outer radiation ... read more

All Microbes and Fungi on the International Space Station Catalogued

A comprehensive catalogue of the bacteria and fungi found on surfaces inside the International Space Station (ISS) is being presented in a study published in the open-access journal ... read more

Solar Wind: And the Blobs Just Keep on Coming

Scientists re-inspected 45-year-old Helios data, finding long trains of massive blobs -- like lava lamp's otherworldly bubbles, but 50 to 500 times the size of Earth -- that ooze from the sun ... read more

Saturn's Rings Coat Tiny Moons

New findings have emerged about five tiny moons nestled in and near Saturn's rings. The closest-ever flybys by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal that the surfaces of these unusual moons are ... read more

Deep Groundwater May Generate Surface Streams on Mars

New research suggests that deep groundwater could still be active on Mars and could originate surface streams in some near-equatorial areas on ... read more

Data Flows from NASA's TESS Mission, Leads to Discovery of Saturn-Sized Planet

Astronomers who study stars have contributed to the analysis of a planet discovered by NASA's new TESS Mission. It's the first planet identified by TESS for which the oscillations -- ... read more

Traveling-Wave Tubes: The Unsung Heroes of Space Exploration

What do televisions and space exploration have in common? No, we're not talking about a cheesy physics joke; rather, this is the story of an often-overlooked piece of equipment that deserves a ... read more

Hubble Captures Birth of Giant Storm on Neptune

Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope document the formation of a Great Dark Spot on Neptune for the first time, report researchers in a new ... read more

Jupiter's Unknown Journey Revealed

The giant planet Jupiter was formed four times further from the sun than its current orbit, and migrated inwards in the solar system over a period of 700,000 years. Researchers found proof of this ... read more

Weird, Wild Gravity of Asteroid Bennu

New research is revealing the Alice in Wonderland-like physics that govern gravity near the surface of the asteroid ... read more

Water-Bearing Minerals on Asteroid Bennu

Astronomers have discovered evidence of abundant water-bearing minerals on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu. Using early spectral data from NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft ... read more

Hayabusa2 Probes Asteroid Ryugu for Secrets

The first data received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft in orbit of asteroid Ryugu helps space scientists explore conditions in the early solar system. The space probe gathered vast amounts of images ... read more

Superbugs Have Colonized the International Space Station -- But There's a Silver Lining

Researchers have taken another small step towards deep space exploration, by testing a new silver- and ruthenium-based antimicrobial coating aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Their study ... read more

Dormant Viruses Activate During Spaceflight

Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase ... read more

Bernese Mars Camera CaSSIS Returns Spectacular Images

Three years ago, on March 14 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the 'ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter' spacecraft. The camera system has been observing Mars from ... read more

What Scientists Found After Sifting Through Dust in the Solar System

Two recent studies report discoveries of dust rings in the inner solar system: a dust ring at Mercury's orbit, and a group of never-before-detected asteroids co-orbiting with Venus, supplying ... read more

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