As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

Running low on fuel, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn.

After using a final flyby of the moon Titan on Friday to boost its speed, Cassini was flung by the moon’s gravity to a trajectory that sent it diving through the 1,200-mile (1,930 kilometers) gap between the planet’s upper atmosphere and innermost rings, NASA officials said.

Cassini completed the first crossing of the ring plane at about 2 a.m. PDT (5 a.m. EDT, or 0900 GMT) Wednesday, the space agency said in a statement.

http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=91ac0f6dcbdf466c84659dbc54039487&ec=NxcXR1YTE6pxR0LB9tIlI_zwo3eIXCXF

Source: As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

Read more "As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain"

Exotic states materialize with supercomputers

Originally posted on The Next Generation:
Exotic states materialize with supercomputers. Materials with novel electrical properties discovered using XSEDE computational resources Stampede and Lonestar supercomputers of TACC The science team included Ju Li, Liang Fu, Xiaofeng Qian, and Junwei Liu, experts in topological phases of matter and two-dimensional materials research at the Massachusetts Institute of…

Read more "Exotic states materialize with supercomputers"