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Cassini Finds Monstrous Ice Cloud in Titan’s South Polar Region

Using Cassini’s infrared spectrometer, scientists detected a monstrous new ice cloud in stratosphere near Titan’s south pole, adding to the evidence that winter comes in like a lion on this moon.

Mars’ Moon Phobos is Slowly Falling Apart

New modeling indicates that some of the long grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the tidal forces and structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon of Mars.

Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

New Horizons found that soot-like particles give Pluto’s atmosphere a striking blue tint, and regions with exposed water ice were detected by the Ralph instrument’s spectral composition mapper, LEISA.
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Goddard Scientist to Discuss Dawn Mission at Library of Congress

Goddard researcher Lucy McFadden will speak in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 11:30 a.m. The title of her talk is “Dawn: A Journey to the Beginning of the Solar System.”
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Full View of Asteroid Vesta

As the Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Two Generations of Windblown Sediments on Mars

This colorful scene is situated in the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system.

Stormy Saturn

Saturn's northern storm marches through the planet's atmosphere in the top right of this false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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