SoT 277: Stuck On Saturn Images

September 21, 2017

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Peter Miller

[00:01:00] Surprisingly, a lot of plants in the tropics tend to have large leaves. A team of scientists at Macquarie University in Sydney may have worked out why: and it’s a balancing act.

[00:08:42] After 13 years, the Cassini mission is coming to a fiery end. It’s been one of NASA’s most successful – and beautiful – missions.

[00:19:36] Data from the Juno spacecraft finds that Jupiter’s powerful auroras aren’t powered the same way that Earth’s are.

[00:30:28] Coffee County Soil Conservation District, in Tennessee, has found a new use for new underwear: testing soil. The degradation of the cotton underwear illustrates the abundance or shortage of microbes in the soil.


This episode contains traces of “NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Journey’s End” video produced by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.