Heat wave on Jupiter, from its aurora

Researchers had discovered a “heat wave” extending across 10 Earth-diameters in the atmosphere of our solar system’s biggest planet, Jupiter. In other words, Jupiter’s atmosphere is hundreds of degrees hotter than previously thought.

DART Mission Hits Asteroid in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test

After 10 months flying in space, NASA's DART mission successfully impacted its asteroid target last week - the agency's first attempt to move an asteroid in space.

We Have Our First Look at Neptune's Rings in 33 Years

The first picture of Neptune to be taken by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope reveals the latest, greatest details of the ice giant's atmosphere, moons, and rings in infrared wavelengths.

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover finds hints of microbial life

NASA scientists said Thursday the Mars Perseverance rover found biologically-interesting rocks in an ancient lake bed that could indicate microbial life existed on the red planet billions of years ago.

Lost Moon Could Solve Saturn's Mystery

An icy moon torn apart in Saturn’s gravitational field some 150 million years ago could explain why the planet’s rings are so young and a host of other puzzles.

NASA Can Now Reliably Produce a Tree's Worth of Oxygen on Mars

A machine called MOXIE, stowed away on NASA’s Perseverance rover, can reliably convert carbon dioxide into a small tree’s worth of oxygen. During various tests, MOXIE steadily breathed in Martian atmosphere and breathed out at least six grams of oxygen an hour.

Grains of dust from asteroid Ryugu older than our solar system

An international team of researchers studying dust samples retrieved by the Hayabusa-2 space probe, has found that some of its dust grains are older than the solar system. 

A Compelling New Hypothesis Could Finally Explain How Earth Formed

The planets in our Solar System formed progressively. Small grains grew over time into kilometer-​sized planetesimals by accumulating more and more material through their gravitational pull.

Saturn's Moon Titan Has Yet Another Strange Similarity to Earth

Compared to most places you might wander in the Solar System, Titan, the giant moon of Saturn, is in many ways strangely familiar to Earth.

Jupiter's Moon Europa Has Signs of Liquid Water

Strange double ridges on the surface of Jupiter's ice moon Europa could be signposts to shallow reservoirs of water. 

Building Blocks of Life Found on an Asteroid For The Very First Time

 Japanese researchers have discovered more than 20 amino acids on the space rock Ryugu, which is more than 200 million miles (320 million kilometers) from Earth.

NASA's InSight Records Monster Quake on Mars

Estimated to be magnitude 5, the quake is the biggest ever detected on another planet. This adds to the catalog of more than 1,313 quakes InSight has detected since landing on Mars in 2018.

Europa Could Be Pulling Oxygen Down Below the Ice To Feed Life

Jupiter's moon Europa is a prime candidate in the search for life. The frozen moon has a subsurface ocean and the new research shows that the moon is pulling oxygen down below its icy shell.

Water At The Bottom of Valles Marineris on Mars

According to new evidence obtained by the orbiter element of the joint European-Russian ExoMars mission, there is plenty of water ice at the bottom of Valles Marineris mixed with Martian soil - regolith.

For the very first time, a spacecraft has "touched" the sun

NASA has sent a spacecraft, the Parker Solar Probe to the outer reaches of the sun’s atmosphere – the corona – where it spent five hours. This is the first time a spacecraft has come so close to the sun.