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Scientists working with data from NASA’s Cassini mission have confirmed the presence of a population of complex hydrocarbons in the upper atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, that later evolve into the components that give the moon a distinctive orange-brown haze. The presence of these complex, ringed hydrocarbons, known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), explains the origin of the aerosol particles found in the lowest haze layer that blankets Titan’s surface. Scientists think these PAH compounds aggregate into larger particles as they drift downward. (From NASA press Release)

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New video about Lutetia from Rosetta

April 30th, 2013 | Posted by admin in all news | rosetta - (0 Comments)
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Published a new video showing asteroid Lutetia, made with the images captured by the ESA spacecraft Rosetta during its flyby in the year 2010.
The italian article is published at: Link
The webcast from ESA is online at: Link
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New study about Saturn’s rings

March 28th, 2013 | Posted by admin in all news | cassini - (0 Comments)
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The results of a study by Gianrico Filacchione (INAF) with VIMS data, about Saturn’s rings.
Link to Media INAF article (in italian)