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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:24:39 +0000
Despite the apparent loss of the Schiaparelli lander, the other half of the ExoMars 2016 mission, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), has successfully entered the Red Planet’s orbit and will continue to function as expected, officials from the European Space Agency (ESA) have confirmed. According to Gizmodo and The Verge, ESA officials believe that the […]
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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:12:31 +0000
Two pictures taken with natural light from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have shown a shifting color of the atmosphere around Saturn’s north polar area between 2012 and 2016. Researchers are looking into possible causes for the difference in color. The color change is thought to be a result of Saturn’s seasons. Specifically, the shift from a […]
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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:12:59 +0000
Six years after originally finding evidence suggesting that Venus was geologically active, new research presented earlier this week at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences meeting indicates that lava may be flowing from one of its volcanoes. According to ScienceNews and Astronomy Magazine, a team of planetary researchers from the German Aerospace […]
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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:44:01 +0000
The NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered the landing site of the ESA ExoMars mission’s Schiaparelli lander, which lost contact with ground control personnel moments before it was scheduled to touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet late Wednesday morning. Schiaparelli entered the Martian atmosphere shortly before 11am EDT on Oct. 19, after which […]
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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:55:26 +0000
On Wednesday, NASA’s Juno spacecraft went into safe mode, apparently due to a performance program triggering a reboot of the craft’s onboard computer. The spacecraft, which has been tasked with studying Jupiter, behaved as expected throughout the changeover, restarted effectively and appears to be functioning normally. NASA said high-speed data capabilities have been restored, and […]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:40 +0000
While a spacecraft designed to detect atmospheric gasses has successfully entered orbit around Mars, the status of a lander that it transported to the Red Planet remains unknown after officials with the European Space Agency (ESA) revealed that they had lost contact with it. According to Space.com, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), one of the […]
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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:16:04 +0000
The existence of Planet Nine, the massive unconfirmed world located at the outer edge of the solar system, may be causing the sun to become tilted slightly, forcing its entire planetary system to “wobble” out of alignment, according to a soon-to-be-published new study. While all of the currently confirmed planets in the solar system orbit […]
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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:31:58 +0000
Having just departed the reddish-looking dwarf planet Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is en route to another object that is similarly colored, officials at the US space agency announced earlier this week at an American Astronomical Society conference in Pasadena, California. In fact, 2014 MU69 – one of 11 Kuiper Belt objects that the probe […]
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:14:21 +0000
Scientists have identified dozens of planets outside our solar system so far, and while we may be able to find them – we still know very little about how there got there. To learn more about planet formation, researchers have trained powerful telescopes on a young star system known as TW Hydrae and found evidence […]
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:48:32 +0000
The ExoMars 2016’s Schiaparelli lander successfully separated from its mothership on Sunday morning, and is currently en route to the surface of the Red Planet as it looks to become the first European Space Agency (ESA) probe to make contact with Mars in nearly 15 years. According to BBC News, the lander separated from the […]