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Cassini Took One Last Look at a Mysterious Glitch in Saturn's Rings Before It Died Cassini Took One Last Look at a Mysterious Glitch in Saturn's Rings Before It Died

Peggy is something along the edge of Saturn’s ring, a glitch whose source we’ve never seen. Cassini took a last peek at Peggy during its Grand Finale destructive plunge, adding a final piece to the puzzle for future researchers to pore over when trying to understand this mysterious disturbance.

iomodo alumni never truly leave iomodo alumni never truly leave

I’m baaaackkkk! Only kinda, but you’ll see my byline sneaking into Gizmodo occasionally as a freelancer. I was at JPL for Cassini’s final moments on Friday, so I’m here to help you mourn the loss of a truly great robot.

The Cassini Team Reflects on How it Feels to Say Goodbye to Their Spacecraft The Cassini Team Reflects on How it Feels to Say Goodbye to Their Spacecraft

Yesterday morning, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft slammed into the day side of Saturn, the brief flash of its vaporization marking the end of a 13-year mission. But it took people to turn this hunk of aluminum and silicon into an extension of our curiosity.

Secret Projects, Revealed (part 1) Secret Projects, Revealed (part 1)

Remember those secret projects I hinted about? We’ve crossed those magical thresholds of silence for me to tell you about a few of them!

Chris Hadfield is Heading North, Wants Artists Chris Hadfield is Heading North, Wants Artists

Former-astronaut and io9 dreamguy Chris Hadfield is going on a cruise into the Arctic circle. He’s bringing an entire menagerie with him of scientists and entertainers, but now he’s looking for people to embed and report out on the experience. You know where this is going.

Tiny Updates: Unions! Dennis on WeatherBrains! Mika at the Movies! Tiny Updates: Unions! Dennis on WeatherBrains! Mika at the Movies!

Good news, everybody! Your favourite writers who survived the Great Culling are finally part of a union and will be treated like real-live humans. Fantastic!

iomodo Science Alumni -- Where They're Writing Now iomodo Science Alumni -- Where They're Writing Now

After the Great Rearranging following the iomodo merger and new Editor-in-Chief, our science subsites scattered to websites unknown. Here’s an update on where we’re publishing now.

What Would a Gravitational Wave Sound Like? What Would a Gravitational Wave Sound Like?

Physicists and physics fans imitating gravitational waves is my new favourite thing.

To Space, and Beyond! To Space, and Beyond!

Just under two years ago, I stumbled onto Kinja and muddled through my first, poorly-structured, nearly-unreadable story. Hundreds of stories and millions of clicks later, it’s time to move on. Thank you, and I’ll miss you.

The Sun's Magnetic Field Is a Beautifully Complicated Riddle The Sun's Magnetic Field Is a Beautifully Complicated Riddle

It’s taken half a century, but we’re finally getting a handle on our Sun’s complex magnetic field. A new model from NASA captures the strange surface interactions that create dramatic swirls of plasma and coronal mass ejections .If we can better understand the Sun’s magnetic field, we might one day be able to predict…

Sherlock Dumps Father, Honey in Latest Elementary Sherlock Dumps Father, Honey in Latest Elementary

Parent-child relationships are challenging. They just get more complicated when the pair is father Morland Holmes, a universally-feared manipulator of global markets, and his renowned detective of a son, Sherlock.

This Two-in-One Satellite Will Bring Us One Step Closer to Asteroid Mining This Two-in-One Satellite Will Bring Us One Step Closer to Asteroid Mining

Astronauts fired this small, rectangular hunk from the International Space Station today. The payload will separate into two autonomous satellites as part of a research program to take us one tiny step closer towards making asteroid mining a reality.

Savor the Snow from Far, Far Away Savor the Snow from Far, Far Away

It’s hard to remember the beauty of winter when constantly shovelling walkways, scraping ice off cars, and tromping through freezing slush. That’s why it’s nice to get a view from above, far away from the chilly realities of the season.

Wanted: Reusable Rockets for NASA Research Wanted: Reusable Rockets for NASA Research

Reusable rockets just went from a party trick to a research necessity. Have a rocket you can launch, land safely, and launch again? NASA wants you, now.

Curiosity Is Using Sweet New Tools to Explore Martian Sand Dunes Curiosity Is Using Sweet New Tools to Explore Martian Sand Dunes

Curiosity is busy poking and prodding the Bagnold Dunes, learning some new tricks in the first-ever interplanetary fieldwork on a sand dune. And of course it looks absolutely stunning while doing it in this latest sand dune selfie.

A Timeline of the Tragic Shuttle Launch That Changed NASA Forever A Timeline of the Tragic Shuttle Launch That Changed NASA Forever

Thirty years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The tragedy shocked a nation caught in launch fever, and reshaped how NASA thought about risk.

Cygnus Is the Cutest of the Space Station Cargo Craft Cygnus Is the Cutest of the Space Station Cargo Craft

The new Cygnus spacecraft is the cheeriest of the cargo tugs hauling gear to the International Space Station. Those new round solar panels are effective, efficient, and adorable!

This Robotic Arm Slips James Webb's Mirrors Exactly Where They Need to Be This Robotic Arm Slips James Webb's Mirrors Exactly Where They Need to Be

We’re openly obsessed with the assembly of the segmented origami mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope. A gorgeous photo released today reveals the secret of an enormous robotic arm used to place the mirror segments to within a paper’s width of perfection.

This Might Be the Prettiest Mine We've Ever Seen  This Might Be the Prettiest Mine We've Ever Seen 

All these rich greens usually mean vegetation, but this is an arid, salty land almost totally inhospitable to plants. Instead, those are the markers of a brine rich in minerals, concentrated as the water evaporates.

The Tragedy of Apollo 1 Reshaped the Future of NASA The Tragedy of Apollo 1 Reshaped the Future of NASA

Today was supposed to mark a step forward in human flights for the Apollo program. Instead, flames exploded inside the capsule during a pre-flight test. The fatal accident changed the nature of America’s space program.

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