Space Exploration News

Aug 27, 2015 by Sci-News.com

In a new paper published in the journal Life, Prof Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University and his colleagues from Germany draw upon what is known about Earth’s most extreme lifeforms and the environments of Mars and Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, to paint a picture of what alien life could be like. The young Mars would have had enough water to cover its entire surface in a liquid layer about 140 m deep, but it is more likely that the...

Aug 25, 2015 by Sci-News.com

New close-up pics of Ceres show the dwarf planet’s features in detail, including tall, conical mountain; narrow, braided fractures and a large crater...

Aug 25, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Very small pieces of volcanic glass found on the surface of Moon by Apollo 15 and 17 astronauts are the products of volatile-rich, fire-fountain eruptions....

Aug 23, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Saturn’s F ring and its shepherd satellites, Prometheus and Pandora, are natural outcome of the final stage of formation of Saturn’s satellite system,...

Aug 21, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A virtual flight across the Atlantis basin reveals a broad variety of phenomena, etched into this landscape billions of years ago. The animation is based...

Aug 21, 2015 by Sci-News.com

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft returned new images of Saturn’s moon Dione during its flyby of 17 August 2015. The probe zoomed in as close as 295 miles...

Aug 18, 2015 by Sci-News.com

While planetary researchers have speculated on the presence of the noble gas neon in the Moon’s atmosphere (called a surface boundary exosphere) for...

Aug 17, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Cassini’s closest approach, within 295 miles (474 km) of Dione’s surface, will occur today, August 17. This flyby will be the fifth targeted encounter...

Aug 14, 2015 by Sci-News.com

ESA’s Rosetta orbiter yesterday witnessed 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko making its closest approach to the Sun. The comet and the spacecraft were 186 million...

Aug 12, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Researchers at Southwest Research Institute are studying the data collected by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to discover what is pumping up the nitrogen...

Aug 11, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A dramatic short-lived outburst from 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was captured by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera aboard ESA’s Rosetta orbiter on July 29,...

Aug 7, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of scientists – led by Dr Brian Hynek from the University of Colorado Boulder – has discovered evidence of an ancient lake that likely...

Aug 7, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Explore the craters, bright spots, mountains and other features of Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The data for this...

Aug 6, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new study using data from NASA’s NEOWISE space telescope has traced some dark Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) back to their likely source – a family...

Aug 6, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) – a four megapixel CCD camera aboard the DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) satellite –...

Aug 5, 2015 by Sci-News.com

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists have discovered that planetary rings, such as those orbiting Saturn,...

Aug 3, 2015 by Sci-News.com

NASA scientists have created the best-ever global map of Charon, using images taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager in July 2015. Global...

Jul 31, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A special issue of the journal Science highlights seven new studies that delve into the data that has been collected by ESA’s probe Philae on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This...

Jul 30, 2015 by Sci-News.com

This enhanced-color mosaic of Tethys shows a range of features including mysterious arc-shaped streaks. This mosaic of Tethys is an orthographic projection...

Jul 29, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Researchers at NASA have just released colorful new topographic maps of the dwarf planet Ceres, based on data gathered by the agency’s Dawn spacecraft. This...