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Ready for some -- literally -- out of this world plastic? A chemical commonly used to make everything from food-storage containers to car bumpers has been detected on one of Saturn's moons.
NASA revealed Monday that the Cassini spacecraft detected propylene, a chemical ingredient of plastic, on Saturn's moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the chemical on any planet or moon, other than Earth, NASA said.… Read more
If you stepped outside and snapped a photo of yourself waving to space on July 19, you might be famous. NASA on Wednesday released a collage of photos of people around the world who greeted the Cassini spacecraft.
NASA encouraged people to submit photos of themselves waving at the spacecraft from Earth on the same day Cassini took dramatic photos of Earth through Saturn's rings. The space agency has compiled those photos in a collage the depicts the planet from space.
"While Earth is too small in the images Cassini obtained to distinguish any individual human beings, the … Read more
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The Incredible Hulk (aka Lou Ferrigno) wants your best computer destruction video -- and you could win some cash for it. A man builds a quadcopter out of a dead ostrich...um, gross! And the inventors of the Firefly Guitar Pick swing by the CNET studios to give us a live demo of the first smart guitar pick. All that and more on this week's Crave podcast. … Read more
Thanks to my 5-year-old daughter (and, strangely enough, to "Game of Thrones"), I'm getting reacquainted with a place that seemed like magic when I first learned of it as a child myself -- Saturn's largest moon, the fascinating Earth-like satellite Titan.
Turns out that in the intervening two decades or so, scientists have learned quite a bit about this fascinating world covered with a fully developed atmosphere shielding a sheen of methane lakes on the surface below. Unlike the dead, dry rocks that pass for most other moons, Titan also hosts thunderstorms, running rivers, and perhaps … Read more
Most all of us have seen photographs in which Earth looks like a big, blue marble, but what about a tiny, blue one?
That's basically what you'll see in new, stunning images NASA released on Monday.
Taken with cameras from two interplanetary spacecrafts that are located near Saturn and Mercury, the images show what Earth looks like from hundreds of millions of miles away.
One color photograph taken from the Cassini spacecraft on July 19 shows the beige rings of Saturn hovering above a tiny, bluish dot, which is Earth. In this image, Earth is nearly 900 million miles away. … Read more
NASA released the most detailed images ever seen of a gigantic hurricane that scientists believe has existed at Saturn's north pole for years.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped the spectacular pictures this past November from a vantage point approximately 261,000 miles from Saturn -- a distance so extreme that the above picture has an image scale of about 1 mile per pixel.… Read more
Forget Mars! NASA has discovered signs of video gaming on a moon of Saturn. Recently released images from the Cassini mission show features on the icy moon of Thethys that look suspiciously like a famous '80s arcade creation.
The Pac-Man image was discovered in thermal data provided by Cassini's composite infrared spectrometer. You can read up on the nifty high-energy electrons bombardment theory for the shape over at NASA. The findings were published in the journal Icarus.… Read more
NEW YORK--If you want to see what outer space looks like, there may be no better way to do so than to have Carter Emmart take you on a ride there.
As part of my Road Trip 2010 project, I got a chance to go on that journey, and I can say with high confidence that there are probably few people on Earth better equipped for such a voyage than Emmart.
In his role as director of visualization at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space, Emmart is the leading force behind the programming … Read more