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Saturn's "Death Star" moon Mimas

Much has been learned about Saturn's system of moons in recent decades, thanks to the Voyager missions and the more recent surveys conducted by the Cassini spaceprobe. Between its estimated 150 moons and moonlets (only 53 ...

dateOct 26, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Saturn's moon Tethys

Thanks the Voyager missions and the more recent flybys conducted by the Cassini space probe, Saturn's system of moons have become a major source of interest for scientists and astronomers. From water ice and interior oceans, ...

dateOct 26, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Jupiter's moon Ganymede

In 1610, Galileo Galilei looked up at the night sky through a telescope of his own design. Spotting Jupiter, he noted the presence of several "luminous objects" surrounding it, which he initially took for stars. In time, ...

dateOct 16, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: Pluto's blue sky

Pluto's haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by the New Horizons Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC). The high-altitude haze is thought to be similar in nature to that seen at Saturn's moon ...

dateOct 09, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Jellyfish venom capsule length association with pain

Since the PLOS San Francisco office is a quick car ride from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so many of us at PLOS have been captivated by jellyfish movements. They are simply mesmerizing to watch as they travel through the water. ...

dateOct 08, 2015 in Ecology
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Image: The lunar North Pole

The pockmarked landscape captured in this image from ESA's SMART-1 mission is the surface of our moon. Some of the many craters scattered across the lunar surface are clearly visible, records of the many impacts that have ...

dateOct 06, 2015 in Space Exploration
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