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Is Saturn Losing Its Rings?

Many aspects of Saturn’s rings captivate human imagination like few others can, yet astronomers are discovering that their lifespan may be shorter than previously anticipated. Research published earlier this month in Science Advances and Icarus journals suggests that Saturn’s rings are relatively young compared to their cosmic peers; likely having existed for no more than

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Saturn Losing Its Rings

Imagine our solar system without Saturn and her spectacular rings; but unfortunately they won’t last forever. Studies conducted over the past three years show that Saturn’s iconic rings are rapidly disappearing into its core at an astonishingly rapid rate – enough water is being lost each half hour for this “ring rain” phenomenon to fill

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The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (X-37B) is Gearing Up For Its Seventh Mission

Since its debut launch in 2010, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has spent more than 224 days in space – becoming one of the only unmanned spaceplanes used by the Pentagon. As its presence has raised suspicion, including allegations that it’s being used to spy on Chinese space station residents or interfere with satellites in

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Spacecraft Architecture and Its Role in Exoplanet Exploration

Architecture now plays an increasingly vital role in outer space. From inflatable 3D-printed structures to entire space habitats, architecture’s presence is growing. But its challenges can be considerable: keeping residents comfortable while accommodating change while remaining functional at scale are just two major ones. Aerospace is developing strategies and processes to accelerate rapid development, quick

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A Spacecraft to Neptune and Triton Could Reveal More of What Neptune and Its Moon Triton Are All About

An international mission to Neptune and Triton has long been overdue; such an expedition could shed more light on what these ice giants represent. Like Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are ice giants; planets with only trace amounts of hydrogen or helium present. But unlike Jupiter, their orbital periods are short enough for missions to Uranus

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