Dust storms may shed light on life on Mars

The chemical reactions that dust storms on Mars cause indicate that our quest to find life on the red planet may need to go beneath the surface.

Shawn Ballard-Wash. U. in St. Louis • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space planets mars weather alien-life science-and-technology dust

Mars: Green glow detected on the Red Planet

A joint European-Russian satellite observes a light in Mars’ atmosphere that's generated by oxygen.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
June 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: planets mars space-exploration european-space-agency

Wiggly ‘Mini Rover’ can handle otherworldly sand traps

A new kind of "mini rover" moves in could go places that other wheeled rovers couldn't, such as up a sandy hill.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: space planets robots mars movement featured science-and-technology

Fleets of ‘nanocardboard’ aircraft could explore Mars

Tiny nanocardboard probes that weigh less than a fruit fly could levitate through the Martian skies to gather data.

Evan Lerner-Pennsylvania • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space aircraft planets nanotechnology mars science-and-technology

Astronomers say exoplanet was actually a dust cloud

The exoplanet Fomalhaut-b likely never was, say astronomers. Their work suggests an expanding cloud of dust instead.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets stars science-and-technology dust

Europe's Cheops telescope begins study of far-off worlds

Europe's newest space telescope starts its study and characterisation of distant planets.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astronomy planets space-exploration european-space-agency

Team solves mystery of Saturn’s hot atmosphere

Saturn is far from the sun, so why is its upper atmosphere so hot? Astronomers may have finally solved "one of the great mysteries of planetary science."

U. Arizona • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space planets temperature saturn science-and-technology

‘Black Beauty’ meteorite spotlights watery past on Mars

New research digs into the red planet's past to figure out where water on Mars actually came from.

U. Arizona • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space planets water mars meteorites science-and-technology

Wasp-76b: The exotic inferno planet where it 'rains iron'

Astronomers study an exotic planet where they suspect iron droplets fall through the atmosphere.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
March 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: astronomy planets space-exploration

What exoplanets can tell us about Earth

"We don't only look at other planets to know what's out there. It's also a way for us to learn things about the planet that's under our own feet."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets water plate-tectonics earth alien-life science-and-technology magnetic-fields

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