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Wed Jun 29



Rosettas First Peek at the Comets Dark Side
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
Using the Microwave for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) instrument aboard Rosetta, scientists have studied the southern polar regions of its target comet at the end of their long winter season. [...]




Wed Jun 29



NASA Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our solar system. [...]




Wed Jun 29



Dawn Snaps Its Best-Yet Image of Dwarf Planet Ceres
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
The Dawn spacecraft has delivered a glimpse of Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, in a new image taken 740,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from the dwarf planet. [...]




Wed Jun 29



Asteroid Will Safely Pass Closer Than Moon Wednesday
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth Wednesday closer than the distance from Earth to the moon. [...]




Wed Jun 29



Very Large Telescope Images Of Jupiter Prepare Us For Juno Arrival
Universetoday [JUPITER]
Launching back in 2011, NASAs Juno mission has spent the past five years traversing the gulf that lies between Earth and Jupiter. When it arrives (in just a few days time!), it will be the second long-term mission to the gas giant in history. And in the process, it will obtain information about its composition, weather patterns, magnetic and gravitational fields, and history of formation. With just days to go before this historic rendezvous takes place, the European Southern Observatory is taki [...]




Wed Jun 29



The Canadian Space Community Has an Opportunity to Influence the 2017 Federal Budget
SpacerefCanada [SPACE]
With a new government in place that appears to be open to a new dialogue with the space community, there is an opportunity to influence Budget 2017. On June 3rd, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched its pre-budget consultation process. This consultation process is a direct opportunity for interested groups and individuals across the country to potentially influence the budget process. [...]




Wed Jun 29



Tethys: Saturns Icy Moon
Space [MOON]
Numerous craters on Saturns moon Tethys shine brightly, suggesting the presence of water-ice. [...]




Tue Jun 28



Mysterious Dark Hydrogen May Lurk Within Giant Planets
Space [DARK]
A strange form of hydrogen likely lies between the gaseous hydrogen in the clouds of gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter and the liquid-metal hydrogen found in these planets cores, according to a new study. [...]




Wed Jun 29



Rosetta Instrument Reignites Debate on Earths Oceans
jpl.nasa.gov [ROSETTA]
A Rosetta spacecraft instrument has found that the composition of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenkos water vapor is significantly different from that found on Earth. [...]




Wed Jun 29



Mars Atmosphere Was Likely More Oxygen-Rich Long Ago
Space [MARS]
NASAs Curiosity rover has detected high concentrations of manganese oxide minerals in Red Planet rocks, suggesting that the Martian atmosphere contained more oxygen billions of years ago than it does today, researchers said. [...]

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