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The plan to send 50 small spacecraft to tour 300 asteroids

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Asteroids have a lot to teach us about the early days of the Solar System, but their nomadic nature makes them hard to study. To observe a wide range of space rocks, a European team is proposing a mission called the Asteroid TouringShow More Summary

Scorching hot Mercury looks icier than previously thought

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

With blistering daytime temperatures of up to 800° F (427° C), Mercury isn't the first planet in the solar system you'd think to look for ice. But its slow spin, thin atmosphere and perpetually dark poles mean that on the night side, the mercury (pun intended) can plummet to -290° F (-180° C), creating the perfect conditions for icy deposits. Show More Summary

Solar system artwork featuring the precise locations of the planets on the day of your birth

4 days agoHumor / odd :

Spacetime Coordinates sells prints, metal mementos, and t-shirts that feature the planets of the solar system in the exact locations they were in on the date of your birth (or other significant date). For their new Kickstarter campaign,...Show More Summary

More Good News About Solar Energy: Scientists Create Real Fuel With “Fake” Photosynthesis

A new artificial photosynthesis system captures carbon dioxide and converts it directly into ethanol and ethylene with the help of solar energy More Good News About Solar Energy: Scientists Create Real Fuel With “Fake” Photosynthesis...Show More Summary

What do we need to know to mine an asteroid?

The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our Solar System. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible Near Earth Asteroids (NEA). Show More Summary

Florida Power and Light lobbyists made it illegal to use solar during outages

5 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Florida Power and Light's grid did not fare well under Hurricane Irma, despite the company's assurances that it had spent billions hardening its systems after 90% of its customers lost power to 2005's Hurricane Wilma. (more…)

Solar shines on US heat wave, near-record peakload

The California Independent System Operator was expected to break a more than decade-long peakload record September 1 as a heat wave sat over the region. However, the ISO never had to enter emergency stages and prices were half of what...Show More Summary

Vermont regulators investigate solar energy company

The Vermont Public Utility Commission is investigating the business practices of a California company that installs rooftop solar energy systems. The Rutland Herald reports ( that the state Public Service … Click to Continue »

Trilobites: Three Planets Will Slide Behind the Moon in an Occultation

The moon will momentarily block Venus, then Mars and then Mercury, offering a vivid reminder of the cosmic clockwork in our solar system.

Cassini takes last look at the ring patterns made by mini moons

These unusual patterns in Saturn's rings give us clues to what happens when planets are born, and may help us understand how our solar system formed

Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey

Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. CoreyFor generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. A massive alien gate has appeared that may lead to the stars or to destruction.JimShow More Summary

As NASA’s Cassini mission flames out over Saturn, scientists mark bittersweet end of mission

In the dark of the early morning, planetary scientist Andy Ingersoll stood alone and slightly stooped at a coffee cart at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More than 900 million miles across the solar system, the 2-ton Cassini spacecraft that he worked on for more than 20 years was being ripped...

How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System

After thirteen years of sometimes bootstrapped and often surprising science, Cassini has reached the end of its mission, and NASA deborbited the satellite into Saturn this morning. Check out our galleries of all the best science and scenery from Cassini's camera roll. The post How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Cassini satellite to make fiery grand finale in Saturn's atmosphere

The only satellite ever to orbit Saturn is about to be destroyed. The Cassini spacecraft has made countless discoveries about the second-largest planet in the solar system. NASA will now send it crashing into Saturn's atmosphere on purpose. Jamie Yuucas reports.

Astronomers bid farewell to $3.9 billion Saturn spacecraft

Global astronomers bid farewell Friday to NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft, which launched 20 years ago to circle Saturn and transformed the way we think about life elsewhere in the solar system.

Astronomers discover a pitch black planet that reflects almost zero sunlight

When you imagine planets outside of our solar system you might dream up ocean worlds, thick plains of ice, or boiling seas of molten rock. Worlds like those certainly do exist out there somewhere, but the exoplanet known as WASP-12b most definitely doesn't fall into any of those categories. Show More Summary

Saying Goodbye to Cassini, the NASA Mission That Transformed Our Understanding of the Solar System

Alan Burdick discusses the end, on September 15, 2017, of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn, which expanded humanity’s understanding of where life might be found in the solar system.

NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.

Cassini’s best images: Here’s a look back at the NASA spacecraft’s most stunning photos

One of the greatest photographers in the solar system is about to hang up its camera. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has taken nearly 400,000 images during its slow sojourn to Saturn, documenting its 53 or so moons and stunning rings, resulting in a collection of humbling, jaw-dropping, and completely spectacular images. Show More Summary

NASA's Hubble captures blistering pitch-black planet

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt.

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