NASA's Juno Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Jupiter, the 'King of Planets'

Artist’s conception of Juno approaching Jupiter. Image Credit: NASA

Jupiter has often been referred to as the King of Planets, and for good reason, as it is a massive gas giant, much larger than Earth and the largest planet in our Solar System. It is more than 2.5 times as massive as all the […]

More Voyages To Jupiter: As Juno Inches Closer To Gas Giant, JUICE Comes Closer To Reality

Artist’s impression of the JUICE mission. Image cropped for publication. Image Credit: ESA/AOES

While one NASA/JPL spacecraft is less than a year out from its rendezvous with our Solar System’s largest gas giant, another Jupiter-bound spacecraft is making its way from the drawing board to becoming science reality. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the European […]

'Ocean Worlds Exploration Program': New Budget Proposal Calls for Missions to Europa, Enceladus and Titan

Artist’s conception of Europa’s interior, with water rising through cracks in the surface, depositing salts similar to sea salt on Earth. The ocean below may be a habitable environment for some kind of life. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The exploration of the outer Solar System has revealed a plethora of amazing worlds, the likes of […]

ESA's JUICE Mission Receives Approval to Advance Toward Implementation

Artist’s concept of the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer mission, or JUICE, which is scheduled for launch in 2022. The mission recently passed a major milestone in its development, by being granted approval by ESA to advance towards implementation. Image Credit: ESA/AOES

The detailed study of Jupiter’s fascinating large, icy moons got a step closer […]

Solar System's Largest Moon Ganymede May Have 'Club Sandwich' Oceans

Illustration depicting the “club sandwich” layers of oceans and ice in Ganymede’s interior. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

Europa and Enceladus, for good reason, have captured the attention and imagination of those searching for evidence of life elsewhere in our Solar System. Both moons are now thought to have subsurface oceans with conditions where […]

Juno Mission Passes Halfway Mark to Jupiter

Spectators crowd the shoreline as an Atlas 5 rocket launches NASA’s Juno spacecraft to Jupiter in August 2011, as photographed from Playalinda Beach. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Twenty-four months since its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., NASA’s Juno mission officially passed the halfway point in a five-year journey to Jupiter yesterday […]

Missions to the Icy Moons

It turns out that the moons of the outer solar system are shaping up to be some of the most dynamic destinations in terms of planetary exploration. Image Credit: NASA / JPL

Far from the warm inner regions of the solar system, in orbit around the great gas giants are moons full of surprises. […]

Alien Life Around Distant Stars? Study of Outer Solar System's Moons Suggests We Look Closer

Recent reports have shown that Europa could be a bastion for life in the outer solar system. Image Credit: NASA

While there have been more than a few predictions made as to when we will discover life on a planet orbiting some far-flung star, what is only occasionally predicted is whether or not we […]

NASA to Provide European Space Agency Ingredients for its JUICE

NASA will be contributing to the European Space Agency’s JUICE mission to the icy worlds of Jupiter. Image Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission will gain three key contributions from NASA. The mission, slated to launch in 2022, is set to explore the gas giant as well […]

The Search for Alien Life Part 2: In the Realm of the Gas Giants

The trailing hemisphere of Jupiter’s moon Europa as imaged by Galileo. Photo Credit: NASA

Beyond the main asteroid belt lie the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn and their impressive retinues of moons. What chances for life are out here in the frozen wastes of the solar system? At first glance, you’d imagine none. The […]