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Saturn’s rippling rings point to massive, soupy core hidden inside

The findings might challenge established models of the formation of gas giants. The rings of Saturn, seen here in an archival photo from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, may hold clues into the planet’s soupy, mushy core, scientists say. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute) Saturn’s rings aren’t just a beautiful adornment — scientists can use the feature


Russia launches Nauka module to International Space Station

A Russian Proton-M rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 10:58 a.m. Eastern carrying the Multipurpose Laboratory Module, or Nauka. The module separated from the rocket’s upper stage about nine and a half minutes after launch. Both Roscosmos and NASA said that Nauka deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas shortly after separation.


Scientists want to build a new, very different Arecibo Telescope to replace fallen icon

Arecibo Observatory’s massive radio dish was many things to many people: pulsar finder, broadcaster to aliens, asteroid mapper, Bond villain’s hidden satellite dish, Puerto Rican icon, birthplace of future scientists. Until seven months ago, that is, when gravity got the best of an engineering marvel that had endured everything thrown its way for decades and the entire platform crashed down.