NASA image: Tethys 'eyes' Saturn
The two large craters on Tethys, near the line where day fades to night, almost resemble two giant eyes observing Saturn.
ESA's Venus Express climbs to new orbit following aerobraking experiment
ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months.
Lichens can survive space conditions for extended periods
A new study shows that a large percentage of hardy lichens exposed to space conditions for one and a half years remain viable after returning to Earth. The lichen Xanthoria elegans was part of the lichen ...
Image: Backbone of ExoMars
To explore requires a strong backbone – and that goes double for space exploration.
Solar Orbiter launch delayed to 2018
The launch of Solar Orbiter, an ESA mission to explore the Sun in unprecedented detail, is now planned to take place in October 2018. The launch was previously targeted for July 2017.
What percent of Earth is water?
The Earth is often compared to a majestic blue marble, especially by those privileged few who have gazed upon it from orbit. This is due to the prevalence of water on the planet's surface. While water itself ...
The search for alien life could get a boost from NASA's next-generation rocket
In three years, NASA is planning to light the fuse on a huge rocket designed to bring humans further out into the solar system.
Venturing into the upper atmosphere of Venus
As the end of its eight-year adventure at Venus edges ever closer, ESA scientists have been taking a calculated risk with the Venus Express spacecraft in order to carry out unique observations of the planet's ...
Student science projects explode with rocket
Eighteen groups of students have lost science projects that were onboard an unmanned rocket that exploded in Virginia after taking off for the International Space Station.
Fly over Ceres in new video
A new animated video of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, provides a unique perspective of this heavily cratered, mysterious world.
Space station supply ship exits, now packing trash
A commercial cargo ship has ended its month-long space station visit.
Long-lived Mars Opportunity rover sets off-world driving record
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the ...
New 'knobs' can dial in control of materials
Designing or exploring new materials is all about controlling their properties. In a new study, Cornell scientists offer insight on how different "knobs" can change material properties in ways that were previously ...
MESSENGER completes 4,000th orbit of Mercury
On March 25, the MESSENGER spacecraft completed its 4,000th orbit of Mercury, and the lowest point in its orbit continues to move closer to the planet than ever before. The orbital phase of the MESSENGER ...