Cassini Spacecraft’s Ring Dive Yields Saturn Surprises – Space.com

The Cassini spacecraft spotted strange atmospheric structures during the first of its 22 dives between the rings and the gas body of Saturn — the planet it has studied up close since 2004. Cassini is in the last few months of its extended mission at the gas giant before making a suicidal […]

No Bones About It: Scientists Recover Ancient DNA From Cave Dirt – New York Times

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Mass Die-Off of Whales in Atlantic Is Being Investigated – New York Times

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NASA Won’t Have Any New Spacesuits For Years – And The Old Ones Are Running Out – Forbes

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NASA NASA Won’t Have Any New Spacesuits For Years – And The Old Ones Are Running Out – Forbes

New stamp celebrates upcoming solar eclipse with heat-reactive transformation – The Verge

On Monday, August 21st, the continental US will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979. And to get the country prepared, the Postal Service is releasing a heat-reactive commemorative stamp. The stamp is printed using thermochromic ink, and when rubbed using fingers or thumbs will react to body heat, changing from an image of […]

Cassini’s Journey into the Unknown: NASA Engineer Talks Saturn Risks & Rewards (Video) – Space.com

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has gone where no craft has ventured before: diving through the narrow gap between Saturn and its icy rings for the first of 22 planned plunges before it dives into Saturn’s atmosphere Sept. 15. Space.com talked with Joan Stupik, a guidance and control engineer for Cassini at NASA’s Jet Propulsion […]

Alien Planet with Earth’s Mass Discovered … But It’s an ‘Iceball’ – Space.com

A newfound alien world is quite Earth-like in some ways, but you wouldn’t want to live there. The exoplanet, known as OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, is about as massive as Earth and orbits its star at about the same distance Earth circles the sun. But OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb’s parent star is tiny and dim, meaning the alien […]

First Americans claim sparks controversy – BBC News

Image copyright San Diego Natural History Museum Image caption Purported stone tools can be seen alongside broken mastodon bones at the excavation site near San Diego A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago – much earlier than previously suggested – has run into controversy. Humans are thought to have arrived in […]

First live ultra-HD video from space features oohs, ahhs and zero-G ping pong – Yahoo News

NASA and AWS Elemental showed off something completely different from the International Space Station today: the first live video in ultra-high-definition 4K detail beamed down from space. The technical achievement was as important as what the audience at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual Las Vegas expo saw on the big screen – and what internet […]

NASA is running out of functional spacewalk suits – Engadget

Some astronauts said their eyes felt like they were burning inside the suit, while others found their gloves too easily damaged. One of the most serious incidents, though, happened in 2013, when one astronaut almost drowned during a spacewalk after the cooling system in his backpack flooded his helmet with water. That broken life-support backpack […]

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