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Hot 'Super-Earths' Provide Clues to Water in Exoplanet Atmospheres

Artist’s conception of super-Earth 55 Cancri e, one of the few exoplanets so far which astronomers are able to study the atmosphere of. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Some of the most interesting exoplanets discovered so far are the “super-Earths,” rocky worlds which are significantly larger and more massive than Earth but still smaller than the […]

Super-Hot Venus May Have Heavy Metal Frost

Radar image of bright areas and dark patches in a swath of terrain in Ovda Regio going from lower to higher elevations. Image Credit: The Geological Society of America/Elise Harrington, Simon Fraser Univ. (LPI undergraduate intern)/Allan Treiman, LPI.

Venus is one of the most inhospitable places in the Solar System, with temperatures hot enough […]

Exploring Uncharted Territory: ESA's Venus Express Spacecraft Completes Aerobraking Campaign, Raises Orbit Prior to End of Mission

An artist’s concept of Venus Express during the aerobraking manoeuvre, which saw the spacecraft orbiting Venus at an altitude of approximately 130 km from 18 June to 11 July. These low passes through the atmosphere of Venus allowed the spacecraft to conduct scientific observations that weren’t possible from higher altitudes. Image Credit: ESA–C. Carreau

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Hazy Sunsets on Titan Provide Clues to Atmospheres on Alien Exoplanets

Artist’s conception of the Cassini spacecraft observing a sunset on Titan. Such studies can also help astronomers understand the atmospheres of exoplanets. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the murkiest places in the Solar System; its thick smog-like hydrocarbon haze in the upper atmosphere shrouds the entire moon, much like Venus’ perpetual cloud […]

ESA's Venus Express Spacecraft Concludes Its Science Mission, Gets Ready to Plunge Into Venus' Infernal Atmosphere

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has recently completed its eight-year mission in orbit around Venus and is currently scheduled to conduct a series of aerobraking manoeuvres at the upper layers of the Venusian atmosphere, from 18 June to 11 July. Eventually, the spacecraft will plunge into the atmosphere and the mission will end. Image Credit: […]

Cassini Reveals Saturn in Stunning 400,000-Mile-Wide Natural-Color Panoramic Mosaic

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took this natural-color portrait on July 19, 2013, which is the first image to show Saturn, its moons, and rings, plus Earth, Venus, and Mars, all together. Image and Caption Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

For nearly 10 years NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been delivering a wealth of valuable science about Saturn, exploring the […]

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 […]

New Launch Day Information for Epsilon-1 with SPRINT-A Onboard

Photo Credit: JAXA/ISAS

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to postpone the launch of the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard on August 27 from the Uchinoura Space Center.

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Launch Cancellation of Epsilon-1 with SPRINT-A Onboard

Image Credit: JAXA

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cancelled today’s launch of the first Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-1) with the Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere (SPRINT-A) onboard from the Uchinoura Space Center, because an automatic stop alarm was issued as an attitude abnormality was detected approximately 19 seconds prior […]