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JUICE Missione, radar sounder chosen

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:17
JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency’s “2015-25 Cosmic Vision” program has been conceived to study Jupiter’s icy moons.  Language English

String of pearls on Jupiter’s surface

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:15
The color-enhanced view captures one of the white ovals in the “String of Pearls,” one of eight massive rotating storms at 40 degrees south latitude on the gas giant planet.   The image was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 as Juno performed its ninth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was 33,115 kilometers from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a latitude of minus 52.96 degrees. The spatial scale in this image is 22.3 kilometers/pixel.   Language English

What's hiding into the core of Enceladus

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:57
Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling study by European and U.S. researchers working on NASA's Cassini mission.   The study, published today in the journal Nature Astronomy, helps resolve a question scientists have grappled with for a decade:  Where does the energy to power the extraordinary geologic activity on Enceladus come from? Language English

Cosmic rays in the eye of CALET

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:27
The CALET Cosmic Ray experiment, has successfully carried out the high-precision measurement of cosmic-ray electron spectrum up to 3 tera electron volts (TeV) by using the CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) on the Japanese Experimental Module, the Exposed Facility on the International Space Station (ISS). This experiment is the first to make direct measurements of such high energy electrons in space. Language English

ISNCC Symposium

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:58
The International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC) will be held in Rome, from 19 to 21 June 2018, under the patronage of the Italian Space Agency, the NITEL Consortium and the APRE Agency.  Enrico Russo, ASI Technical Director has been appointed as ISNCC’s Honorary General Chair.  Language English

Juno aces eighth science pass of Jupiter

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:48
Data returned Tuesday, Oct. 31, indicate that NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully completed its eighth science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The confirmation was delayed by several days due to solar conjunction at Jupiter, which affected communications during the days prior to and after the flyby. Language English

Saturn, light on the north pole

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:43
Reflected sunlight is the source of the illumination for visible wavelength images such as the one above.  However, at longer infrared wavelengths, direct thermal emission from objects dominates over reflected sunlight.  This enabled instruments that can detect infrared radiation to observe the pole even in the dark days of winter when Cassini first arrived at Saturn and Saturn's northern hemisphere was shrouded in shadow.  Language English

Dawn finds possible ocean remnants at Ceres

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 14:53
Minerals containing water are widespread on Ceres, suggesting the dwarf planet may have had a global ocean in the past. What became of that ocean? Could Ceres still have liquid today? Two new studies from NASA's Dawn mission shed light on these questions. Language English

From Cassini's collection

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 15:00
Saturn's graceful lanes of orbiting ice -- its iconic rings -- wind their way around the planet to pass beyond the horizon in this view from  Cassini spacecraft.  And diminutive Pandora, scarcely larger than a pixel here, can be seen orbiting just beyond the F ring in this image.   Language English

Dawn mission extended

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:57
NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower altitudes than ever before at the dwarf planet, which it has been orbiting since March 2015. The spacecraft will continue at Ceres for the remainder of its science investigation and will remain in a stable orbit indefinitely after its hydrazine fuel runs out. Language English

One-Year Observations by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:39
The Italian Space Agency invites you to attend the seminar "Mission Juno to Jupiter: One-Year Observations by the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper", on November 9, 2017, at ASI Headquarters, starting at 11.00 a.m.  The seminar will feature a talk by Dr. Alberto Adriani, Senior Researcher in INAF-IAPS and Responsible for the JIRAM instrument on board the NASA/JUNO spacecraft, on the latest achievements by the Italian instrument.  Language English

Latest news from Cassini

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:16
Cassini spacecraft ended its journey on Sept. 15 with an intentional plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, but analysis continues on the mountain of data the spacecraft sent during its long life. Some of the Cassini team's freshest insights were presented during a news conference yesterday at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Science meeting in Provo, Utah. Among the findings being shared: Language English

SITAEL, green light for STRIVING

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:41
With the endorsement of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and in the frame of ESA’s ARTES Pioneer Initiative, SITAEL signed today a PPP contract to provide a new integrated service for the In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) and In Orbit Validation (IOV) of new technologies. Language English

'Geometric' Saturn

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:01
Saturn's cloud belts generally move around the planet in a circular path, but one feature is slightly different. The planet's wandering, hexagon-shaped polar jet stream breaks the mold -- a reminder that surprises lurk everywhere in the solar system.  Language English

In the beginning there was the Sputnik, next stop Mars

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:06
“Beep…beep…beep”. The signal emitted by Sputnik 1 launched by the Soviet Union sixty years ago during the night between 4 and 5 October marked the beginning of the race to space and of the use of satellites. But that's not all. From the Oval Office at the White House to the Pentagon, from Congress to the Department of State, that “beep” repeated three times every second announced that Moscow had achieved strategic superiority: it was the demonstration that Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles could hit the United States whenever and however they wanted. Language English

Jupiter, from south to north

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:30
Once every 53 days, Juno swings close to Jupiter, speeding over its clouds. In just two hours, the spacecraft travels from a perch over Jupiter’s north pole through its closest approach (perijove), then passes over the south pole on its way back out. This sequence shows 11 color-enhanced images from Perijove 8 (Sept. 1, 2017) with the south pole on the left (11th image in the sequence) and the north pole on the right (first image in the sequence).   Language English

A 'space' birthday for Dawn

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:03
Ten years ago, NASA's Dawn spacecraft set sail for the two most massive bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. The mission was designed to deliver new knowledge about these small but intricate worlds, which hold clues to the formation of planets in our solar system.  Language English

ASITV: Roscosmos straight ahead to the moon

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:25
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Cassini, a meteor in Saturn's atmosphere

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:02
The increase in ring-grazing orbits have caused the Cassini probe to fall into Saturn's atmosphere today, leaving a trail of light behind it, like a shooting star. This is the end of the 20-year-long adventure of one of the most important and ambitious missions in the history of the conquest of space, with Italy's joint participation, through the Italian Space Agency, with NASA and the ESA. Language English