21 Jan 2019

Saturn's short day

Using new data from Cassini spacecraft, researchers believe they have solved a longstanding mystery of solar system science: the length of a day on Saturn. It’s 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds
The figure has eluded planetary scientists for decades, because the gas giant has no solid surface with landmarks to track as it rotates, and it has an unusual magnetic field that hides the planet’s rotation rate. The answer, it turned out, was hidden in the rings. 

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17 Jan 2019

Titan, rainfalls at the north pole

An image from the Nasa-Esa-Asi Cassini spacecraft provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn‘s moons. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon’s northern hemisphere. 

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04 Dec 2018

Phoebe's heavy water

By developing a new method for measuring isotopic ratios of water and carbon dioxide remotely, scientists have found that the water in Saturn’s rings and satellites is unexpectedly like water on the Earth, except on Saturn’s moon Phoebe, where the water is more unusual than on any other object so far studied in the Solar System. 

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31 Oct 2018
22 Oct 2018

Genoa Science Festival

From 25 Oct. to 4 Nov. 2018 Genoa will host the Science Festival, 16th Edition. 
“Change” is the main theme for the Festival 2018 edition. The event has been organized since 2003 and its aim is to make science comprehensible in a charming and innovative way for a large audience, especially for young people

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09 Oct 2018

Space4Culture: satellite services for historical and creative cities

With one week to go to our “Space4Culture: satellite services for historical and creative cities” event, we are looking forward to welcome you in the beautiful setting of Palazzo Lanfranchi, in Matera, Italy – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.  
The event will include two days of rich exchanges on uses of satellite-based services to: 
– Manage historical cities
– Safeguard, promote and value cultural heritage

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03 Oct 2018
03 Oct 2018

ISS4Mars

ASI will host the “ISS4Mars” workshop on Monday October 15th 2018.
The workshop will address opportunities to use the International Space Station (ISS) as analog for exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit in particular with respect to human health and performance as well as operations aspects, and will discuss possibilities to enhance the ISS so that it can even better serve as such an analogue capacity. 

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02 Oct 2018
27 Sep 2018

JunoCam looks at the Great Red Spot

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, an exceptionally long-lived storm churning south of Jupiter’s equator, has been observed continuously for nearly two centuries. Though this atmospheric vortex is the largest and longest-lived of any planet in our solar system, our observations suggest that the Great Red Spot is gradually shrinking: the major axis of the ellipse was ~21° in longitude 40 years ago, and only ~14° in the last few years. 

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