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27 Aug 14 4:50:00 GMT
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The Sea of Enceladus: Cassini Confirms Underground Ocean on Saturn's Geyser Moon

Diagram of what the interior of Enceladus is now thought to look like, with the icy outer shell, liquid water ocean, and inner rocky core. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

Coming just after the news of the ringed asteroid and new dwarf planet, some more exciting news from the outer Solar System was announced [...]

Hubble Spies Massive Black Hole-Fueled Space Slinky

Video courtesy of NASA

In an effort to understand how black holes shape the evolution of galaxies, astronomers spent eight months creating a series of time-lapse movies from 400 observations made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The movies, taken from observations conducted over a 13-year period from 1995-2008, show a 5,000-mile-long jet [...]

GRAIL Sheds Light on Old Lunar Mystery

NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft after acoustics testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company near Denver. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Even though the twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow, part of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission, crashed into the Moon’s surface December 17, 2012, scientists continue to pour over the massive amounts of data [...]

Planck Mission Brings Universe into Sharp Focus

This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by the Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old. It shows tiny temperature fluctuations that correspond to regions of slightly different densities, representing [...]

GRAIL Begins Extended Mission over the Moon

In this image, the mirror-image GRAIL spacecraft are readied for launch at the Astrotech facilities in Titusville, Florida. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

The GRAIL spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, have begun their extended mission, and are now mapping the gravity field of the Moon and at half the altitude they were during the main mission.

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