Planets

Juno mission to Jupiter delivers first science results

NASA's Juno mission, led by Southwest Research Institute's Dr. Scott Bolton, is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter …

Space Exploration

Celebrating Phoenix: One of the Most Successful Mars Missions

On this day in 2008, the Phoenix spacecraft landed on Mars. It was the first mission to Mars led by a public university in NASA history and though it …

Space

NASA's Newest Mars Rover Will Focus on Finding Evidence of Ancient Martian Life

Rover’s New Tricks<p>NASA has released pictures of its newest robot scheduled to be sent to the Red Planet in 2020. The images show an artist’s concept …

The Future

36 Breathtaking Pics From Cassini's Journey to Saturn

• Home/<br>• Features/<br>• 36 Breathtaking Pics From Cassini's Journey to Saturn<p>36 Breathtaking Pics From Cassini's Journey to Saturn<p>Before Cassini goes out like …

Astronomy

Jupiter's Rings from the Inside! First-Ever View Captured by Juno

Humanity now has a new perspective on Jupiter's rings, thanks to NASA's Juno spacecraft.<p>During its initial data-collecting dive over Jupiter's poles …

Astronomy

Giant 'Styrofoam' Planet Could Help Scientists Find New Habitable Worlds

The huge, "puffy" planet has the same density as styrofoam.<p>We’re all pretty familiar with objects made from styrofoam. Our daily lives intersect with disposable items like coffee cups, insulation, hot and cold coolers and those seemingly millions of little cushioning styrofoam-y “things” that are …

Exoplanets

NASA releases new pictures of Jupiter

Beneath its heavy cloud cover, Jupiter has been able to keep its secrets from astronomers. Now, first results from NASA's Juno mission are challenging researchers' beliefs about the gas giant.

Jupiter

Here's What it Sounds Like On Jupiter

NASA’s Juno space probe is currently undergoing a multi-year orbit of Jupiter, and on Thursday the agency released a series of important discoveries …

Jupiter

Saturn’s stunning north pole actually changed colors

NASA’s Cassini orbiter was the first to deliver a really clear look at the eye-catching, hexagonal storm swirling on Saturn’s north pole, so it’s …

Saturn

ESA confirms cause of Schiaparelli spacecraft's Mars crash

After a seven-months investigation, ESA has released the results of its inquiry into the crash of its unmanned Schiaparelli lander on Mars last …

Mars Orbiter

Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe’s demise: report

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Europe's Schiaparelli spacecraft came very close to a successful landing on Mars last year, but engineers failed to realize how jarring the probe's parachute descent could be, dooming the touchdown, a report released on Wednesday said.<p>Schiaparelli flew to Mars with …

Mars Orbiter

NASA Rocket Launch Carries Mars Rover Designs Students Engineered For Space

NASA recently launched Mars rovers that students had designed, sending them into space for about 20 minutes to see how they would perform high above …

Mars Rover

Alien Solar System Gives Up More Secrets

The orbits of all seven Earth-size planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system are now known.<p>Astronomers have nailed down the path of TRAPPIST-1h, the outermost planet in the system, finding that this world takes just under 19 Earth days to complete one lap around its small, faint host star.<p>The new result …

Exoplanets

Alien life could already be in our solar system

Alien hunters may be one step closer to finding ET.<p>Several planets in our very own solar system may host alien life, astronomers have …

Paranormal

Nasa fast-tracks Psyche mission to explore a $10,000 quadrillion metal asteroid

Psyche is an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter and is made almost entirely out of iron.<p>Nasa may have pushed back launching manned …

Space Exploration

Saturn Solstice: Cassini Gets 'Ringside Seat' to Dramatic Seasonal Changes

The Cassini spacecraft at Saturn watched over the ringed planet's solstice yesterday (May 24), accomplishing the main goal of its second extended …

Astronomy

What is Neptune Made Of?

Since it’s discovery in the mid-19th century, Neptune has consistently been a planet of mystery. As the farthest planet from our Sun, it has only …

Neptune

NASA's Proposed 2018 Budget Could Push Europa Mission to Late 2020s

Congress will have to loosen the purse strings if it still wants NASA to launch a flyby mission to Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa by 2022, …

Space Exploration

Mars Rover explores eroded valley which could lead to clues on how it was formed

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has reached its next destination — a valley called Perseverance, where the long-lived robot will scour the surface for clues about how the vast crevice formed.<p>Opportunity arrived at Perseverance Valley — an ancient feature that extends about two football fields down …

Fleeting phase of planet formation discovered

These celestial bodies coalesce into objects shaped like giant red blood cells.<p>Rocky planets, including Earth, endure violent beginnings. Giant …

Astronomy

NASA probe on a fast track to reach metallic asteroid

While NASA's plans to put humans on Mars have suffered recent setbacks, its unmanned robotic programs are achieving milestones on a daily basis. Earlier this year, NASA announced that it had approved a mission, Psyche, to the asteroid belt. Today, the organization announced a shift in Psyche's …

Mars

Scientists Think Earth Was Once a Hot Donut-Shaped Planetary Mess Called "Synestia"

Earth as we know it today was a much different place a few billion years ago. In fact, chances are, it was a giant donut-shaped mess of spinning hot …

Universe

If Proxima b has an atmosphere like Earth's, it might be habitable

A second Earth may orbit our nearest neighboring star, and according to new simulations, it may be comfortable for life as we know it. Maybe.<p>Proxima …

Universe

Saturn's moon Titan evolved like Mars

A latest research reveals that the surface elevation of gas giant Saturn's largest moon Titan is similar to that of Mars than Earth.<p><b>Also Read:</b> <b>New detailed image of Spaghetti Nebula released</b><p>The river maps of Titan, Mars and Earth were analysed to compare them. No occurrence of active tectonic plates …

Moon

Detecting Life In Space: The Red Edge

The universe's "most interesting star" just started acting up again.<p>Known as KIC 8462852, or the WTF star (for "Where's The Flux"), this sun became famous a few years ago for its strange short-lived dips in light output. Its behavior was weird enough that astronomers added "alien megastructures" to …

Aliens

New Monster Mars Rover Looks a Little Scary

Mars is no ordinary terrain, so it’s fair to say that no ordinary vehicle would suffice while traveling around up there, but this new Mars rover …

Mars Rover

Meet 'The Mars Generation': In Documentary, It's Red Planet or Bust

A new featurette for the Netflix original documentary "The Mars Generation" — which explores the potential for today's teenagers to go to Mars in 20 …

Mars

The Oxyde would carry robots to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, opening up access to rare space metals

Our Prototypes column introduces new vehicle concepts and presents visuals from designers who illustrate the ideas. Some of them will be extensions …

Mars

Cassini's new image of Saturn's moon Enceladus shows fractures and furrows on its icy surface

The Cassini spacecraft captured the image at a distance of approximately 168,000 kms from Enceladus.<p>An image of Saturn's sixth-largest moon Enceladus …

Space Exploration

How the Indian space agency thrived despite the massive poaching during the IT boom

The Brahm Prakash Hall at SHAR (Sriharikota High Altitude Range) brims with engineers shuffling their data sheets and reports. They speak excitedly to each other about their subsystems. To a stranger, however technically advanced, their exchanges sound like Greek and Latin, riddled with acronyms …

ISRO