Episode #638

News Items

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  • International Moon Mission
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              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Observations of Saturn’s rings show the possible formation of a new moon from the outer edge. This suggests that ring material may not only rain inward onto Saturn, but move outward forming new moons. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/2514/nasa-cassini-images-may-reveal-birth-of-a-saturn-moon/

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  Cassini’s long term observations were used to calculate the length of Saturn’s day for the first time. https://www.space.com/37605-cassini-grand-finale-at-saturn-new-science.html

                • Item #3 Science

                  Saturn’s moon Titan has hundreds of times as much hydrocarbons on its surface than all the oil and gas reserves on Earth. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/2413/titans-surface-organics-surpass-oil-reserves-on-earth/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. There will come with the greater love of science greater love to one another.’ Maria Mitchell