Planets and moons

Image of the Moon, from NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL

Moon may harbour alien minerals

Monday, 27 May 2013

Minerals found in craters on the Moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the Moon’s innards exposed by such impacts, according to a new study.

Europa Spring cropped

Europa Spring

Monday, 20 May 2013 - 1 comment

The Margarita Sushi Bar is expensive. I hook my prosthetic fins over the mooring bar as I wait and order beer; the green stuff is delivered in a sachet.

Four images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory of an X3.2-class flare from late at night on May 13, 2013. Credit: NASA/SDO/em>

Sun unleashes four potent solar flares

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Sun has unleashed four potent solar flares this week, marking the most intense activity yet this year and causing limited interruptions to high-frequency radio communications.

Composite image of Earth and Mars created to show the relative sizes of the two planets. Credit: NASA / JPL

Mars exploration achievable, experts say

Monday, 6 May 2013

NASA and private sector experts now agree that a man or woman could be sent on a mission to Mars over the next 20 years, despite huge challenges.

Relative sizes of the newly discovered habitable-zone planets and Earth. Left to right: Kepler-69c, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Earth (except for Earth, these are artists' renditions). Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech

Kepler spots most Earth-like planets yet

Friday, 19 April 2013 - 1 comment

Using a powerful NASA space telescope to scan the skies for planets like ours where life might exist, astronomers said they have found the most Earth-like candidates yet.

The planet next door

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought

Thursday, 7 February 2013

An Earth-size planet could be orbiting a red dwarf as near as 13 light-years away.

Kepler 22b (Artist's Concept)

In search of new Earths

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Astronomers have discovered hundreds of bizarre planets in distant solar systems, but the search for somewhere just like home continues.

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Gamma-ray burst blasted Earth in 8th century

Monday, 21 January 2013 - 1 comment

A mystery wave of cosmic radiation that smashed into Earth in the eighth century may have come from two black holes that collided, according to a new study.

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Ancient Martian lake fed by groundwater

Sunday, 20 January 2013

A U.S. spacecraft orbiting Mars has provided evidence of an ancient crater lake fed by groundwater, adding further support to theories that the Red Planet may once have hosted life, said NASA.

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Mars rover readies first rock drilling

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Mars rover Curiosity will soon begin to drill into the Red Planet for the first time, mission officials said ahead of the highly anticipated endeavor.

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