The Raw Materials for Life Were Found on Enceladus

A team of German scientists recently examined data gathered by the Cassini orbiter around Enceladus’ southern polar region and found was evidence of organic signatures that could be the building blocks for amino acids.

Moon-forming disk discovered around distant planet

Using Earth's most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter.

Mass anomaly detected under the moon's largest crater

A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system - the Moon's South Pole - Aitken basin and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater.

Mars Odyssey Reveals Phobos Using THEMIS

NASA’s aging 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter recently snapped some unique views of the twin moons Phobos and Deimos.

Meet Neptune's new moon, Hippocamp

Neptune has a new moon, and it’s also the gas giant’s smallest to date — only a little over 20 miles across. It was discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope combined with a new method to track dim objects as they orbit.

Saturn's largest moon may hold key to cleaner engines

Researchers determined hydrocarbons can form the type of complex chains that create Titan's orange-brown haze layers at temperatures as low as 330 degrees below freezing on Earth.

Icy warning for space missions to Jupiter's moon

Scientists suggest fields of 15 metre-high shards of ice could exist on Europa's surface, posing a threat to future landing missions.

Ice confirmed at the moon's poles

Using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument, scientists have identified three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the surface of the Moon.

Dazzling Views Show Saturn Moon Titan Like Never Before

The mysterious surface of Saturn's huge moon Titan comes into gloriously sharp focus in newly released photos captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Jupiter's Moons: 12 More Found, 79 Known

Over the past 18 months, astronomers have painstakingly tracked a dozen tiny moons that they found circling the giant planet Jupiter.

Europa or Enceladus to be searched for signs of life

In its quest to find extant life in the Solar System, NASA has focused its gaze on the Jovian moon Europa. But scientists believe it is Enceladus that stands the greatest chance of making that next big step.

121 giant planets that may have habitable moons

US Researchers have identified more than 100 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life. Their work will guide the design of future telescopes that can detect these potential moons.

NASA just announced new evidence for water plumes on Europa

Citing data collected by NASA's Galileo probe more than two decades ago, scientists report that giant jets of water are spouting more than 100 miles off Jupiter moon Eupora's surface.

We now have a complete map of Titan's surface

It's Surprisingly Like Earth. Saturn moon's three biggest puddles have a common equipotential surface – a sea level, just like our own oceans.

Saturn's moon Titan sports Earth-like features

Using the now-complete Cassini data set, astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Titan.