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MAVEN Begins 490-Million-Mile Journey to Reveal Secrets About Mars' Ancient History

The workhorse ULA Atlas-V rocket thunders into overcast skies with NASA’s $670 million MAVEN mission Monday afternoon, beginning a 10-month, half-billion mile journey to Mars. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alex Menendez (www.instinctfilms.com)

After a decade of work from a team spread across the country, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is on its way to Mars, beginning [...]

Mars-Bound MAVEN Spacecraft Performing Final Testing Ahead Of November Launch

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in pre-launch processing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credit: John Studwell

NASA’s next spacecraft destined for Mars, MAVEN, is in its final month of pre-launch processing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After a decade of work from people across the country, and having passed some 270 reviews, MAVEN [...]

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 [...]

NASA Official Clarifies Voyager 1 Announcement

The Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered into a region of space known as the “magnetic highway.” It is one step closer to reaching interstellar space; but it still has a ways to go. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

With a topic as complex as space exploration, confusion sometimes follows. Such has been the case [...]

A View of Mercury From Afar

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

This image of Mercury, acquired by the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) aboard NASA’s MESSENGER mission on April 23, 2013, allows us to take a step back to view the planet. Prior to the MESSENGER mission, Mercury’s surface was often compared to the [...]

'Mr. O' (NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) Makes Remarkable New Discoveries From Mars Orbit

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is depicted in orbit above Mars with its large solar arrays and Earth communications dish at top. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Much talk of Mars these days seems to focus almost exclusively upon the multi-faceted Curiosity rover, as it unravels the mysterious geological past of Gale Crater, or upon the Opportunity [...]

Where Are the Best Windows Into Europa's Interior?

This graphic of Jupiter’s moon Europa maps a relationship between the amount of energy deposited onto the moon from charged-particle bombardment and the chemical contents of ice deposits on the surface in five areas of the moon (labeled A through E). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Ariz./JHUAPL/Univ. of Colo.

The surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa [...]

Blame it on the Rain (from Saturn's Rings)

This artist’s concept illustrates how charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet’s rings, causing a reduction in atmospheric brightness. The observations were made with the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, with NASA funding. The analysis was led by the University of Leicester, England. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/University [...]

Strange New Worlds: Exoplanets Abound in the Cosmos (Part 2)

A comparison of the sizes of the three known planets of the star Kepler-37 with some of the worlds of the solar system. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Astronomers have been dazzled by the sheer number of planets there seem to be in the galaxy. According to a recent estimate, there’s on average at least one [...]

Planets, Planets Everywhere: Exoplanets Abound in the Cosmos

Illustration depicting a system of three rocky planets, each smaller than the Earth, found in orbit around the red dwarf KOI-961. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

It has been only about 20 years since the first planets were found outside our solar system. Today, almost a thousand exoplanets have been confirmed, and the rate of discovery [...]