Unique volcanic complex discovered on Moon's far side
(PhysOrg.com) -- Analysis of new images of a curious hot spot on the far side of the Moon reveal it to be a small volcanic province created by the upwelling of silicic magma. The unusual location ...
MESSENGER finds new evidence for water ice, organic material at Mercury's poles
(Phys.org)—New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently ...
Rock appears mysteriously in front of Mars Opportunity rover
Fingernail-sized satellites depart on Endeavor's last run
(PhysOrg.com) -- A group of Cornell-developed, fingernail-sized satellites may travel to Saturn within the next decade, and as they flutter down through its atmosphere, they will collect data about chemistry, ...
Massive asteroid with moon to pass Earth today
An asteroid nearly two miles (three kilometers) wide is set to pass by Earth Friday with no risk of impact, offering scientists a rare chance to study a massive flying object with its own moon.
Japan's Pocari Sweat bound for the moon: maker
Japan's curiously-named Pocari Sweat is to be sent to the moon, its Japanese maker has said, in what the firm claims will make it the first sports drink on the celestial body.
The shape-shifting southern vortex of Venus
(PhysOrg.com) -- New analysis of images taken by ESA's Venus Express orbiter has revealed surprising details about the remarkable, shape-shifting collar of clouds that swirls around the planet's South Pole. ...
Russia pulls huge 'Chelyabinsk meteor chunk' from lake (Update 2)
Russian divers Wednesday pulled from a murky lake in the Urals a half-tonne suspected meteorite said to have been part of a meteor whose ground-shaking shockwave hurt 1,200 people in February.
Japan to launch 'space yacht' propelled by solar particles (Update)
Japan is to launch a "space yacht" propelled by solar particles that bounce off its kite-shaped sails, the country's space agency said Tuesday.
Missing sunspots: Solar mystery solved
The Sun has been in the news a lot lately because it's beginning to send out more flares and solar storms. Its recent turmoil is particularly newsworthy because the Sun was very quiet for an unusually long ...
Looking deep into a violent storm on Saturn
(PhysOrg.com) -- ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT) has teamed up with NASAs Cassini spacecraft to study a rare storm in the atmosphere of the planet Saturn in more detail than has ever been possible ...
Paleontologist presents origin of life theory
It has baffled humans for millennia: how did life begin on planet Earth? Now, new research from a Texas Tech University paleontologist suggests it may have rained from the skies and started in the bowels ...
Mexican astronomers suggest Bonilla sighting might have been a very close comet breaking up
Microbial life on Mars: Could saltwater make it possible?
(PhysOrg.com) -- How common are droplets of saltwater on Mars? Could microbial life survive and reproduce in them? A new million-dollar NASA project led by the University of Michigan aims to answer those questions.