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The Sea of Enceladus: Cassini Confirms Underground Ocean on Saturn's Geyser Moon

Diagram of what the interior of Enceladus is now thought to look like, with the icy outer shell, liquid water ocean, and inner rocky core. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

Coming just after the news of the ringed asteroid and new dwarf planet, some more exciting news from the outer Solar System was announced [...]

Surprise Discovery: Rings Around an Asteroid!

Artist’s conception of the asteroid Chariklo with its ring system. Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)

When it comes to planetary rings, what do you think of? Saturn is the first obvious thing that comes to mind, with its famous majestic ring system surrounding the gas giant planet. The other gas and ice [...]

Why NASA's Plans for an Early 2020s Mission to Europa Are Likely to Happen

Europa mission concepts under study by NASA. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

For years scientists and dreamers alike have looked toward Jupiter’s moon Europa with a keen interest, because decades of observations and research of the frozen world (thanks to spacecraft like Galileo and Voyager) have shown us that the Jovian satellite is easily one of [...]

Three new exoplanets discovered in star cluster

Artist’s conception of one of the newly-found planets in the Messier 67 star cluster. Image Credit: ESO

Three more exoplanets have just been found, adding to a long and rapidly growing list, but their location makes them a bit more unique - they orbit three different stars in a star cluster rather than other isolated stars [...]

Europa Erupts: Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Tantalising Evidence of Water Plumes on Jupiter's Moon

An artist’s concept of the water plumes on the south pole of Europa, discovered by recent ultraviolet observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI

“All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there.” — 2010: The Year We Make Contact

 

In the fictional universe of 2010, people on Earth [...]

That Friday Feelin': New Horizons to Pass Key Distance Milestone Today on Journey to Pluto

With 5 Astronomical Units of distance and just 90 weeks to go, New Horizons is primed and ready for its July 2015 rendezvous with Pluto. Image Credit: NASA

Friday is almost universally recognized as an indicator that the weekend draws inexorably closer … but for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, today will mark a milestone [...]

JUNO Returns to Earth Wednesday for Critical Gravitational Slingshot to Jupiter

An artist’s concept of JUNO’s approach to Earth for an Oct. 9 gravity-assist maneuver. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Aug. 5, 2011, United Launch Alliance sent NASA’s JUNO spacecraft on a five-year trip to visit our Solar System’s largest planet—Jupiter. Problem is, Jupiter is so far, and the 8,000-pound solar-powered JUNO is so heavy, that [...]

Epsilon-1 Flies: New Japanese Rocket Launches SPRINT-A Ultraviolet Observatory Into Orbit

Japan’s Epsilon vehicle represents a marriage of technology from the H-IIA and M-V rockets. Image Credit: JAXA

Good things come to those who wait, and success has finally visited the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with a rousing launch of its first Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. Liftoff of [...]

Japan's Epsilon Rocket Stands Ready for Maiden Launch on Saturday

Artist’s impression of Japan’s new Epsilon rocket, which marries H-IIA and M-V launch vehicle technology. The rocket will deliver the SPRINT-A ultraviolet observatory into low-Earth orbit on Saturday. Image Credit: JAXA

Three weeks after “an attitude abnormality” forced its first launch attempt to be scrubbed, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is ready to [...]

Ultimate Pathfinder: NASA's Voyager Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager spacecraft has entered interstellar space, marking the first active probe to do so. The announcement was made Sept. 12, 2013. Image Credit: NASA

NASA announced today under much fanfare that the agency’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station over three decades ago, has entered interstellar space, becoming the [...]