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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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‘Marsquakes’ rock the red planet almost every day

NASA's Insight mission to Mars is giving researchers a closer look at the planet and its "marsquakes," researchers say.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Eureka! Planet Finder validates Neptune-sized exoplanet

The Habitable-zone Planet Finder has confirmed the existence of an exoplanet that is likely close in size to Neptune, only 100 light years from Earth.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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The proto-Earth formed in a cosmic minute and a half

The proto-Earth formed surprisingly quickly, new research shows. The finding ups the chance of finding water and life on other planets.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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A year on this planet is just 18 hours. Will it soon die?

Exoplanet NGTS-10b is either "in the last stages of its life, or somehow it's able to live here longer than it should."

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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