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(Discovery News) Cassini to Get Final View of Saturn's Weird 'Spongy' Moon

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft enters the final phase of its epic mission around Saturn, mission scientists are planning the probe's final flyby of one of the strangest moons in the solar system.

(Space Fellowship) Messier Craters in Stereo

Many bright nebulae and star clusters in planet Earth's sky are associated with the name of astronomer Charles Messier, from his famous 18th century catalog. His name is also given to these two large and remarkable craters on the Moon. Standouts in the dark, smooth lunar Sea of Fertility or Mare Fecunditatis, Messier (left) and Messier A have dimensions of 15 by 8 and 16 by 11 kilometers respectively. Their elongated shapes are explained by an extremely shallow-angle trajectory followed by t [...]

(Discovery News) Amateur Astronomers Spy Mysterious Military Spaceplane

A global team of vigilant satellite watchers has caught the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane on camera as the craft circles Earth on its fourth mysterious mission.

(Discovery News) Colliding Galaxies May Erupt With Mega Jets

Powerful jets of material spewing from the edge of monster black holes may be more likely to arise where two galaxies have merged together.

(Space Fellowship) Station Crew Finalizes Module Remodeling Work

The Expedition 43 crew is wrapping up the remodeling of the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) at its new location on the forward port of the Tranquility module. The station residents also participated in maintenance and experiments exploring the long-term effects of living in space on the human body. Commander Terry Virts and One-Year crew member Scott Kelly are finalizing configuration tasks in the PMM after Wednesday’s relocation from the Harmony module. Italian astronaut Saman [...]

(Discovery News) DNews: A New Clue to Finding Life on Mars

Migrant laborers constructing the facilities for Qatar's 2022 World Cup reportedly suffer slum-like conditions and abuse.

(Discovery News) This Happened Here: A Selfie on the Edge of Space

What's it like to fly on a U2 spy plane, 70,000 feet in the air, at an altitude that reaches 70 degrees below zero? Watch one man capture his once-in-a-lifetime flight at the edge of space.

(ScienceDaily) Sharp-eyed Alma spots a gigantic flare on famous red giant star

Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest and most famous red giant stars in the sky. Activity like this in red giants - similar to what we see in the Sun -- comes as a surprise to astronomers. The discovery could help explain how winds from giant stars make their contribution to our galaxy's ecosystem.

(ScienceDaily) Microbes collected by citizen scientists and grown on the International Space Station

Do microbes grow differently on the International Space Station than they do on Earth? Results from the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists in Project MERCCURI indicate that most behave similarly in both places.

(Space Fellowship) Saturn at Opposition

Telescopic observers on Earth have been treated to spectacular views of Saturn lately as the ringed planet reached its 2015 opposition on May 23 at 0200 UT. Of course opposition means opposite the Sun in Earth's sky. So near opposition Saturn is up all night, at its closest and brightest for the year. These sharp images taken within hours of the Sun-Earth-Saturn alignment also show the strong brightening of Saturn's rings known as the opposition surge or the Seeliger Effect. Directly illumin [...]