'Towering Hexagon' and Auroras: Saturn's North Polar Wonders

The already well-known hexagon at Saturn’s north pole is a massive jet stream in the atmosphere, similar to the Polar Jet Stream on Earth, but much larger. A new study shows that a “secondary” hexagon extends above this one for hundreds of miles. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn’s north pole is an incredibly […]

From Jupiter to the Universe: First Science Targets Chosen For James Webb Space Telescope

Artist’s conception of the James Webb Space Telescope in space. Image Credit: Northrop Grumman

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) may not be launching until 2019, but the first targets for the powerful new observatory have already been chosen, including Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe. JWST […]

Schedule Conflict May Delay Launch of James Webb Space Telescope to 2019

Arianespace Ariane 5 French Guiana ESA Ariane 5 rocket GSAT 1 image credit Arianespace posted on AmericaSpace

The massive Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, seen here in action, is contracted to launch the James Webb Space Telescope from ESA’s launch site in French Guiana. Photo Credit: ESA – CNES Arianespace Optique video du CSG JM Guillon

A time-sensitive mission to explore the planet Mercury, already delayed several times, may force the European […]

A Very Alien Moon: NASA Celebrates 12th Anniversary of Huygens Landing on Titan

Mosaic of images taken by Huygens during its descent to the surface of Titan, from an altitude of about 6 miles (10 kilometers). Riverbeds formed by liquid methane can be seen near the center of the image. Image Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Twelve years ago today, one of the most incredible space missions ever […]

NASA Engineers Complete First 'Center of Curvature' Test on James Webb Space Telescope

Engineers conducting a white light inspection of the James Webb Space Telescope, currently located in the clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Photo Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has completed another significant milestone toward becoming the most powerful space telescope ever built: the finished primary […]

Hubble Space Telescope Reveals 10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought

Hubble image of galaxies visible in the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS), one of the sources of data used in the new study. Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the […]

Astronomers Image Massive Exoplanet in Triple-Star System

Artist’s conception of the star system HD 131399, with the planet HD 131399Ab in the foreground. Image Credit:ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser

Over the past couple decades, astronomers have been discovering a seemingly endless variety of exoplanets orbiting other stars. Some are rather similar to planets in our own Solar System, while others are more like […]

James Webb’s Critical Science Component Completes Essential Tests, While Telescope Is “Optically Complete”

NASA engineer Ernie Wright looks on as the first six of eighteen flight ready James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror segments are prepped to begin final cryogenic testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (photo previously published). Photo Credit: NASA/MSFC/David Higginbotham

Less than 36 months from its launch, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), […]

Hubble Space Telescope Analyzes Atmosphere of Super-Earth Exoplanet for First Time

Artist’s conception of 55 Cancri e, a searingly hot, carbon-rich world. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

Exoplanets are now being discovered by the thousands, but most are so far away that determining anything specific about their composition or atmosphere is currently very difficult. But technology keeps advancing, and scientists are now starting to be […]

Goodnight, Sweet Philae: Bid to Reawaken Rosetta's Lander Near Impossible

From ESA, “Welcome to a Comet”: “Philae’s view of the cliffs at Abydos. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground.” Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

It would have been a heroic coda to an already ambitious, historic mission, but alas, it was not meant to be. For the past few months, […]