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Sharpest Yet Images of Phobos

by on Jul.30, 2008, under Around the Solar System, Newsflash

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Mars Express closed in on the intriguing Martian moon Phobos at 6:49 CEST on Jul. 23, flying past at 3 km/s, only 93 km from the moon.

The ESA spacecraft’s fly-bys of the moon have returned its most detailed full-disc images ever, also in 3-D, using the High Resolution Stereo Camera on board.

Image credit: ESA

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Liquid Lake on Titan

by on Jul.30, 2008, under Around the Solar System, Newsflash

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Using data from an instrument aboard the Cassini spacecraft, NASA scientists have concluded that at least one of the large lakes observed on Saturn’s moon Titan contains liquid hydrocarbons, and have positively identified the presence of ethane.

This makes Titan the only body in our solar system beyond Earth known to have liquid on its surface.

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Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Newest Dwarf Planet (and Plutoid) Named Makemake

by on Jul.20, 2008, under Around the Solar System, Newsflash

A Kuiper Belt Object discovered three years ago has been named Makemake, pronouced like “maki-maki.”

The third largest known trans-Neptunian object was formerly known as 2005 FY9, 136472 and unofficially – Easterbunny .The object was named after the creator god from Easter Island mythology.

It has also officially been classified as a dwarf planet, and plutoid as well, by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Read more on Universe Today…

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