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NASA Rings Out 2015 With Close Looks At Ceres and Enceladus (examiner.com) 15

MarkWhittington writes: 2015 was a historical year for NASA with its close flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto last July. But the space agency rings out the year with some close looks at two divergent worlds thanks to its far-ranging space probes. The Dawn mission returned the closest images yet of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt. Also, the space agency released images of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, whose ice geysers have fascinated scientists, indicating a subsurface ocean similar to the one that resides beneath the ice moon of Jupiter, Europa.
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NASA Rings Out 2015 With Close Looks At Ceres and Enceladus

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  • I don't understand the entire thing with this whole gregorian-love where we put so much emphasis on an old and outdated date and time system. Seconds past 1970 should be the only time format we use.

    • Than you'll have to wait some 48 megaseconds before you get important milestone 1.5Gs. It is more than one and half turns of this little wet stone ball around the Sun away from now.

  • Yes this year NASA made history but don't for get achievement of Indian astronauts. cosmetica groothandel [salonartikelen.nl]
  • The early images [yimg.com] of Ceres' "bright spots," which generated a lot of excitement, had extremely high contrast.

    The latest images [sci-news.com], as expected, have much higher resolution. What's unexpected is, the contrast is not as striking.

    What do Slashdotters think... was the contrast of the early images exaggerated just to generate buzz for the Dawn mission?

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