Planets
NASA restores Voyager’s historic footage of Neptune’s strange moon Triton
NASA restores Voyager’s historic footage of Neptune’s strange moon Triton

NASA has "restored" Voyager's historic footage of Triton, obtained in 1989, and utilized it to produce an excellent global color map of Neptune's unusual moon...

   
Pluto-bound probe crosses orbit of Neptune
Pluto-bound probe crosses orbit of Neptune

Speeding toward a new planetary frontier, NASA's New Horizons probe crossed the orbit of Neptune on Monday, 25 years to the day Voyager 2's flew by Neptune and its large moon Triton...

   
Hubble detects little water vapor in exoplanet atmospheres
Hubble detects little water vapor in exoplanet atmospheres

According to a NASA statement, efforts to find water vapor in the atmospheres of three exoplanets have obtained an interesting result: no water vapor...

   
Oceans are vital for alien life, a new study shows
Oceans are vital for alien life, a new study shows

Although Mars lies within the habitable zone of our sun, the Red Planet can experience 180 degree temperature changes within a single day. Scientists have created a computer simulation to show that planets need more than a habitable location and atmosphere to support life...

   
Scientists demolish diamonds in hopes of learning about Jupiter and Saturn
Scientists demolish diamonds in hopes of learning about Jupiter and Saturn

It has been said that diamonds are forever, and scientists at the U.S. National Ignition Facility may have found a way to actually put that maxim to the test...

   
NASA astronomers optimistic about finding life on other planets
NASA astronomers optimistic about finding life on other planets

NASA’s Kevin Hand, the deputy chief scientist of the Solar System Exploration Directorate, believes that there is extraterrestrial intelligent life somewhere in the universe...

   
Alien life may only be found with unimplemented telescope technology
Alien life may only be found with unimplemented telescope technology

In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch in an effort to discover alien life forms. However, astronomers say a much larger, technologically progressive telescope might be required for such a discovery...

   
Is Pluto a planet after all? New Horizons probe visit could offer new insights
Is Pluto a planet after all? New Horizons probe visit could offer new insights

Although it was recently demoted to dwarf plant status, Pluto is still the most mystifying world in our solar system. But one year from now, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will be in prime position to plumb the depths of the planet’s mysteries...

   
Buzz Aldrin’s UFO was not an alien spacecraft
Buzz Aldrin’s UFO was not an alien spacecraft

The Apollo 11 mission of 1969 was a momentous one for Buzz Aldrin. At that time, he became the second man to set foot upon the surface of the Moon, but he also claimed to have spotted something odd out of the crew module’s window...

   
Hit-and-run collisions determined the fate of Mercury
Hit-and-run collisions determined the fate of Mercury

After several failed attempts to make sense of Mercury’s formation, scientists are confident in a new hypothesis published in Nature Geoscience. The planet closest to our sun has confused researchers with its disproportionate iron core and missing mantle, an anomaly which is made more perplexing by Mercury’s high levels of volatiles...