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  • WASP-12b: A Low Albedo Planetary Torch
    Sara Seager often describes the distribution of exoplanets as ?stochastic,? meaning subject to statistical analysis but hard to predict. A good thing, then, that Kepler has given us so much statistical data to work with, allowing us to see the range of possible outcomes when stars coalesce and planetary systems emerge around them. We?re not […]

  • Cassini: JPL Images at the End
    Image: A monitor shows the status of NASA’s Deep Space Network as it receives data from the Cassini spacecraft, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 in the Charles Elachi Mission Control Center in the Space Flight Operation Center at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky. Image: Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, […]

  • Thank You
    For reminding us what technology can do. And what people can become. Image: Members of the Cassini mission team. Cassini has benefited from the work of some 260 scientists at NASA, ESA and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), as well as several European academic and industrial contributors. Credit: JPL/Caltech.

  • Cassini on Final Approach
    Cassini mission engineers are referring to its final pass by Titan as ?the goodbye kiss,? a phrase that sounds like something from a Raymond Chandler novel. Maybe it?s the juxtaposition of intimacy and death that Chandler exploited so well. In any case, what counts in the last of Cassini?s hundreds of passes over Titan in […]

  • One Earth Message: A Digital Golden Record
    The recent reminder of spacecraft longevity that the Voyagers have given us on their 40th anniversary keeps the memory of their famous Golden Records fresh. After all, only the passage of time — and a lot of it — can degrade these human artifacts, and they carry sights and sounds of our planet specifically chosen […]


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