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The Top 10 Space and Physics Stories of 2014

From humanity’s first, flawed foray to the surface of a comet to the celebrated discovery of (and less celebrated skepticism about) primordial gravitational waves, 2014 has brought some historic successes and failures in space science and physics.

December 22, 2014 — Lee Billings

The Austere Beauty of Other Worlds

In the northern winter months we are surrounded by the stark beauty of chilled landscapes. From the darkness of the far north, broken perhaps only by starlight and the glow of aurora, to the brisk grey streets of Manhattan and its now skeletal trees with their claw-like limbs and knobbly stubs pressed to the skies, [...]

December 30, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
A little perspective on our place in the universe

A little perspective on our place in the universe

Here are some things that will give whatever might be on your mind at the moment a little perspective. You’ve probably seen these images plastered all over the Internet already.

July 27, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

Cassini Confirms a Global Ocean on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Ever since 2005, when NASA’s Cassini orbiter found plumes of water vapor spilling out of cracks in the south pole of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, researchers have sought to learn more about the moon’s mysterious interior as a possible abode for extraterrestrial life.Repeated flybys of Enceladus have revealed wonders, including organic molecules and salts in the vaporous plumes that hint at hydrothermal activity deep within the moon, beneath what must be a sizeable reservoir of water.Despite these discoveries, researchers have struggled to determine the dimensions of Enceladus’s watery depths.

September 16, 2015 — Lee Billings
Titan Loses its Speckles

Titan Loses its Speckles

Some of the most stunning images of Saturn’s moon Titan are made using a synthetic aperture radar to penetrate the thick atmosphere to see the frigid surface.

February 16, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Philae's Real-Time Descent and Enceladus's Global Ocean [Video]

This week brings a video reconstructed from images of the Philae lander's approach to a comet, and a major new analysis of data from the Cassini mission that bolsters the case for a global, not just local, ocean beneath the icy crust of Enceladus

September 16, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Water Erupts Across the Solar System

Reading the scientific headlines recently one would be forgiven for thinking that we’re experiencing a bout of interplanetary gastrointestinal distress.

January 27, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Earth Waves To Saturn: The Pictures

Earth Waves To Saturn: The Pictures

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, or in this case 1,400 pictures are worth a few words. Here is the collage of images uploaded by people across the planet for NASA’s Cassini ‘Wave at Saturn’ event on July 19th 2013, while Cassini snapped Earth in turn, as a teeny, tiny dot of [...]

August 22, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Walking on Enceladus

Newly released images from the Cassini mission's final close flyby of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus reveal further exquisite details of the surface terrain

January 19, 2016 — Caleb A. Scharf

Summer Shorts: 101 Geysers Point To Enceladus’ Deep Ocean

It's summer in the northern hemisphere of a small, damp, planet orbiting a middle-aged star in a spiral galaxy of matter enjoying a brief heyday before colliding with another galaxy in some 4 billion orbits of the same small, damp, planet.

July 29, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

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