Planets

NASA's Cassini probe bids farewell to Saturn with epic image

NASA's Cassini spacecraft was always destined to be a doomed hero. After two decades in space, diligently exploring Saturn and its many strange and beautiful moons, operators deliberately crashed the spacecraft into the planet to make sure the moons remain pristine and unaffected by debris. But not …

Scientific Research

A Russian billionaire could beat NASA in search for alien life near Saturn

A Russian billionaire plans to scour one of the solar system’s mysterious moons for alien life and he could end up getting there faster than NASA, …

Space Exploration

Saturn in natural colours

The ring swirling around Saturn consists of chunks of ice and dust. Saturn itself is made of ammonia ice and methane gas. The little dark spot on …

Astronomy

Scientists discover evidence of recent water flows on Mars

A team of scientists led by The Open University has discovered evidence of recent glacial meltwater on Mars, despite the widely-held view that the …

Physical Geography

Russian billionaire wants to beat NASA in the search for alien life, and he’s moving forward with his plan

If you’ve been paying attention to the scientific search for extraterrestrial life you’ll already know that in recent months the frosty Saturn moon …

Enceladus

Something very weird is happening on Saturn’s moon Titan

Thanks to the efforts of NASA and its incredibly reliable Cassini spacecraft, we now know more about Saturn and its moons than ever before, but it …

Science

Scientists were wrong about discovering water on Mars

In 2015, scientists announced something incredible: They had strong evidence that there was liquid water flowing on Mars today. The implications were huge for the possibility of alien life and resources for future crewed missions to the Martian surface. Now, all of those hopes have been put on hold …

Science

'Water on Mars' re-classified as just 'sand on Mars'

Scientists have revisited a 2015 sighting of water on the surface of Mars and revised the theory to suggest what we saw was sand, and probably not …

Mars Orbiter

Armed with tough computer chips, scientists are ready to return to the hell of Venus

<b>CLEVELAND, OHIO—</b>In an underdog city, at an underdog NASA lab, researchers are thinking hard about an undeservedly neglected planet. Venus is Earth's …

Space Exploration

NASA's Next Mars Lander Passes Big Test Ahead of May 2018 Launch

LITTLETON, Colo. — NASA's next Mars lander just passed a big test ahead of its planned May 2018 launch.<p>The spacecraft, known as InSight (short for …

Exploration

Stunning image of Saturn stitched together from final Cassini flyby

On September 15th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its hall of fame mission to Saturn with a dramatic plunge into the gas giant's atmosphere. NASA …

Space

Cassini Swan Song Image Of Saturn Left Me Speechless

Planets and robots lack hearts and minds, but they're especially good at impacting ours. In its last days before ending itself, human-built Cassini …

Technology (Australia)

NASA Finds Comet 45P's Interior Has Both Carbon Monoxide, Methane

Comet 45P zoomed by Earth in early 2017, and researchers using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) in Hawaii helped study this cyclic visitor …

World News

NASA shows off Mars rover tires that bounce back into shape

The next Mars rover could ride across the alien planet on a new kind of tire that remembers its shape after running over rocks.<p>NASA's Curiosity rover has tender feet. The Mars exploration vehicle is suffering tire damage from the rocky terrain, so NASA is looking for ways to improve the tires for …

Brutal

Cassini Data Reveals New Mystery About Saturn's Moon Titan

By<p>Filed Under Science, NASA & Space Science<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, a truly inspiring hellscape. With methane …

Moon

How Did This Weird, Super-Salty Pond Form in Antarctica?

At the bottom of the world, in a frigid Antarctic desert, sits a weird pond only a few inches deep that is so salty, it stays liquid even at …

Science

We Were Wrong About This Water on Mars

By<p>Filed Under Science<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Mars is covered with spooky little grooves, some of which have been attributed to flowing …

NASA's Curiosity rover takes a selfie on Mars

Selfies are so frequent that it’s not easy for them to capture our attention any longer. But when a Curiosity rover takes a selfie… on Mars… well, …

Mars Rover

Ocean-covered planets may not be the places to search for life

Although water worlds are awash with one of the key ingredients for life, surprisingly, they might not be the best places to find it.<p>Tessa Fisher, a …

Exoplanets

New paper makes the case that Mars is dry | Ars Technica

We're still not sure what's causing seasonal changes on some Martian slopes.<p>Mars clearly had extensive water in the past, and there's still plenty of …

Mars Orbiter

There might not be flowing water on Mars

Hopes of flowing water on Mars are evaporating. In 2015, scientists announced they had found dark streaks on mountains on Mars. At the time, they …

NASA Joins Japanese Mission to Martian Moons

<b>NASA is developing a key instrument for a daring mission to the Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, including a sample return from Phobos.</b> <br>An artist's …

Space

It'd Be Way Easier To Cook Thanksgiving Dinner On Venus

There are countless opinions about how to cook the best turkey. Some suggest slow roasting it for hours, while others prefer cooking at high heat. Some even dare to deep fry it in peanut oil. Of course all of these cooking suggestions are Earth-based, which is a bit limiting. Suppose you wanted to …

Thanksgiving

NASA’s Cassini is dead, but you can still enjoy its last gorgeous photo of Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was an incredibly reliable machine, providing an incredible amount of data and relaying countless observations from its …

Science

ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar on partnerships with private industries, manned missions, and colonising other planets

The world is moving in the direction where human beings can well become <b>inter-planetary species</b> with the Moon becoming an intermediary <b>base for manned</b> …

Exploration

Meet 'Oumuamua, the first observed interstellar visitor to our solar system

<b>(CNN) —</b> On October 19, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii spotted something strange zooming through our solar system. It turned out to be a visitor from beyond our solar system, and it's unlike anything astronomers have seen before.<p>It is the first observed object from outside our solar system, …

Astronomy

Space dust can transport living organisms between planets: Study

Life on Earth may have originated from biological particles brought to our planet in streams of space dust, according to scientists, including one of …

Universe

A Mars Mystery: How Did Land Form Without Much Water?

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.</i><p>The …

Periodic Table of Planets Categorizes Thousands of Alien Worlds

MIT/Carnegie Institution for Science<p>We’ve been discovering planets at a pretty ridiculous rate since we brought the latest generation of telescopes …

Exoplanets

NASA's Photos of Pluto Show a Breathtaking Landscape

<i>NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute</i><p>Way back in August 2006, scientists decided that Pluto should no …

Space Exploration