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New Saturn Moons
Make that a baker's dozen of new Saturn moons. On May 5, Carolyn Porco of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and leader of Cassini's imaging team, announced the discovery of another satellite - Astronomy
Saturnian Moon Is A Foreigner
Saturn's small, lumpy moon Phoebe isn't native to its home planet, scientists have confirmed. Instead the lump of rock was captured by Saturn's gravity from rubble left after the formation of the Solar System - Nature
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Mars Polar Lander Found At Last?
Only now, 5½ years later, do scientists think they may have finally located Mars Polar Lander's wreckage and confirmed what went wrong with the mission - Sky and Telescope
Rover Team Tests Mars Moves On Earth
Mars rover engineers are using a testing laboratory to simulate specific Mars surface conditions where NASA's rover Opportunity has spun its wheels in a small dune - NASA/JPL
Earthshine Sheds Light On Exoplanets
Astronomers are using earthshine — light from Earth reflected from the Moon's night side — to view our world as it would be seen through a distant telescope - Astronomy
NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Arrives In Florida For Final Checkout
A large spacecraft destined to be Earth's next robotic emissary to Mars has completed the first leg of its journey, a cargo- plane ride from Colorado to Florida in preparation for an August launch - NASA/JPL
Deployment Of Second MARSIS Boom Delayed
The deployment of the second antenna boom of the Mars Express Sub-Surface Sounding Radar Altimeter (MARSIS) science experiment has been delayed pending investigation of an anomaly found during deployment of the first antenna boom - ESA
Hats Off To Space Day From NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
NASA salutes Space Day, observed this year on May 5, with a new dramatic image of the Sombrero galaxy. Space Day, held the first Thursday each May, is designed to inspire the next generation of explorers - NASA/JPL
To Conquer Venus, Try A Plane With A Brain
Space scientists in the US believe a solar-powered aircraft could explore the atmosphere of the second rock from the sun, and carry a flying "brain" to control a toughened rover on the ground - New Scientist
Solar Myth
With solar minimum near, the sun continues to be surprisingly active. New data show that powerful explosions can happen even during the lowest ebb of the sunspot cycle - Science @ NASA
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