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Gigantic Storm on Saturn: Cassini Spacecraft Catches the Action!

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn has imaged a huge storm – a raging event on the massive planet. “Just down on the ground today … our cameras on Cassini have captured sight of a gigantic storm recently erupted in the northern hemisphere of Saturn,” reported Carolyn Porco, Cassini Imaging Team Leader and Director of the […]

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CSExtra – Monday, December 27, 2010

To subscribe to CSExtra via RSS feed click here. If you would prefer to receive CSExtra in e-mail format, e-mail us at with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Monday’s CSExtra offers a roundup of the latest reporting and commentary on space-related activities over the Christmas weekend. In Washington, Congress failed to reach agreement […]

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Rim Shots! Mars Rover Examines Fresh Crater

NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover is busy examining Santa Maria crater within Meridiani Planum. The wheeled robot is inspecting the relatively fresh and large crater that’s about 312 feet (95 meters) in diameter. “We’ve been doing a lot of imaging of it from a set of points around the rim so that we can use the […]

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Book Review: Confronting Space Debris – Strategies and Warnings from Comparable Examples Including Deepwater Horizon

Confronting Space Debris – Strategies and Warnings from Comparable Examples Including Deepwater Horizon by Dave Baiocchi and William Welser IV; RAND Corporation; Santa Monica, California; $21.60 (paperback/special web discount); 2010. This is an absorbing and thought-provoking look at the on-going and growing threat of orbital debris. Space junk represents a human-caused issue, one that’s been […]

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Japan’s Next Asteroid Mission Receives Financial Green-light

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has received financial backing to proceed on development of Hayabusa 2 – a spacecraft designed to collect samples of asteroid 1999JU3. The Hayabusa 2 is a follow-on probe to Hayabusa 1 that surveyed asteroid Itokowa in 2005 – successfully returning to Earth tiny grains of the space rock in […]

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