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Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July

A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar...

Physicists explain what kind of auroras form on Mars

Physicists led by the University of Iowa have learned how a type of aurora on Mars is formed. They have studied discrete aurora which...

Buildup of solar heat likely contributes to Mars’ dust storms

A seasonal imbalance in the amount of solar energy absorbed and released by the planet Mars is a likely cause of the dust storms...

New study indicates limited water circulation late in the history of Mars

A research team led by Lund University in Sweden has investigated a meteorite from Mars using neutron and X-ray tomography. The technology will probably...

Study reveals new way to reconstruct past climate on Mars

A study led by a Monash University geologist has provided fresh evidence for when high rates of erosion occurred throughout the history of Mars....

Chinese rover finds evidence that water was present on Mars more recently than thought

A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has found evidence that water was present on Mars more recently than has been...

Planetary scientists suggest a solution to the Fermi paradox

A pair of researchers have developed a possible solution to the Fermi Paradox. The study has been published in Journal of the Royal Society...

NASA’s InSight records monster quake on Mars

NASA's InSight Mars lander has detected the largest quake ever observed on another planet. It is an estimated magnitude 5 temblor that occurred on...

Dynamics of ocean worlds likely controlled by their rotation

Discovering that many of the large moons in the outer solar system may host significant subsurface oceans of liquid water has been a key...

NASA’s Psyche spacecraft starts processing at Kennedy Space Center

Bound for an asteroid of the same name, the orbiter is undergoing final preparations for its August launch. Since its arrival on April 29,...

NASA’s Mars Helicopter scout’s ridgeline for Perseverance science team

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently surveyed an intriguing ridgeline near the ancient river delta in Jezero Crater. The images were captured during the tiny...

Discovery of 30 exocomets in a young planetary system

The star β Pictoris has fascinated astronomers because it enables them to observe a planetary system in the process of formation. It is made...

A new explanation for why Jupiter’s moon has splendid dunes

Scientists have long wondered how Jupiter's innermost moon which is Io, has meandering ridges as grand as any that can be seen in movies...

Satellite payloads soar into space with liftoff of Long March-4C rocket

An atmospheric environment monitoring satellite was sent into space by the Long March-4C rocket lifting off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi...

Ground-based telescopes can study exoplanet atmospheres

The next step to understand exoplanets is to understand their atmospheres better. Astronomers can determine a planet's mass, density and other physical characteristics. But...