Cool NASA Concept Envisions a Shapeshifting Robot to Explore Saturn’s Moon Titan

Why send one robot to explore a world when you can send a whole load all at once? Such is the thinking behind NASA’s highly conceptual Shapeshifter – a modular, morphing, self-assembling robot capable of deploying several smaller machines. Read More >>

The Biggest Volcano on Jupiter’s Molten Moon Io is Likely to Erupt at Any Moment

Observational data collected over the years suggests the largest volcano on Jupiter’s moon Io – the most geologically active object in the Solar System – will erupt in mid-September, which is pretty much any moment now. Read More >>

Water Vapour Detected in the Atmosphere of a Potentially Habitable Super-Earth

For the first time ever, astronomers have detected water vapour in the atmosphere of a rocky exoplanet. Intriguingly, the planet is in the so-called habitable zone of its star, making it one of the most promising places in the galaxy to look for signs of extraterrestrial life. Read More >>

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Stumbles Upon a Strangely Complicated Martian Rock

The Curiosity team is calling it “Strathdon”—a boulder-sized Martian rock comprised of dozens of sedimentary layers. Its discovery suggests the area being explored by the NASA rover is more geologically complex than is typically appreciated. Read More >>

This Rugby Ball-Shaped Planet is Leaking Heavy Metal

This hot Jupiter is so close to its host star that gravitational forces are squeezing it into a rugby ball-like shape. Not only that, its temperatures are so extreme that heavy metal gases are escaping into space from the exoplanet’s atmosphere – a phenomenon never seen before until now. Read More >>

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The Weird Ways NASA Thought Moon Dust Might Kill Apollo Astronauts

Prior to the first Moon landing, scientists had good reason to believe the lunar surface was covered in a fine layer of dust. While this might not sound like a big deal, it presented a host of concerns to the Apollo mission planners. Read More >>

The European Space Agency Has a Plan to Intercept a ‘Pristine’ Comet

With the historic Rosetta mission now firmly in the rear view mirror, the European Space Agency has set its sights on a different kind of comet, that is, a comet that’s never visited the inner reaches of the solar system. Called Comet Interceptor, the mission will include a mothership and two 'daughter' spacecraft. Read More >>

Behold: Scientists Get Great View of Uranus’ Glowing Rings

Astronomers captured a first look at radiation emitted directly by Uranus’ rings. Read More >>

This Could Be the Most Earth-Like Exoplanet Discovered Yet

Scientists have discovered a pair of temperate, Earth-sized exoplanet candidates around a nearby star, according to a new paper. What makes this planetary system stand out from all the others discovered in recent years is just how similar one of its planets may be to Earth. Read More >>

The Hidden Ocean Beneath Europa’s Frozen Crust May Contain Basic Table Salt

Observations from the Hubble Space Telescope point to the presence of sodium chloride on the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. This is potential evidence that sodium chloride, otherwise known as table salt, exists within Europa’s subsurface ocean – yet another indication of this moon’s potential to support alien life. Read More >>

Take a Moment to Admire These Passing Clouds on Mars

Life can be stressful and full of toil. To ease your tortured mind, we present to you some stunning photographs of clouds on Mars, recently taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Read More >>

A Neptune-Like Planet Has Been Spotted in a Place Where It’s Not Supposed to Exist

An international team of astronomers is reporting the discovery of a Neptune-like planet located some 920 light-years from Earth. Dubbed the “Forbidden Planet” by the researchers, this celestial object is locked in a freakishly close orbit with it host star in a configuration rarely seen. Read More >>

With Time Running Out, Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Fails to Drop Target Marker on Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe aborted an attempt to drop a highly reflective target marker on the surface of Ryugu in preparation for its second sample extraction mission. But with surface temperatures rising steadily on the asteroid, the probe is running out of time. Read More >>

Possible Marsquake Detected by NASA’s InSight Lander

Using its ultra-sensitive seismometer, NASA’s InSight lander has waited patiently to detect its first marsquake. Scientists now have good reason to believe it finally happened. Read More >>

Curiosity Rover Detected Methane on Mars in 2013, a New Analysis Confirms

NASA’s Curiosity rover shook the science community six years ago when it apparently detected traces of methane—an important chemical linked to life—on Mars. Researchers failed to confirm these results in the years that followed, but that’s now changed thanks to a re-analysis of data collected from orbit. Read More >>