Did volcanoes turn Venus into a ‘hellish’ planet?

Some of the oldest terrain on Venus, known as tesserae, hint at past volcanic activity. Is that what made the planet the "hellish" place it is today?

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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Jupiter’s moons may keep each other toasty

Jupiter's moons are pretty hot, at least hotter than they should be, given how far away they are from the sun. A new study explains why that may be.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Was our planet always wet?

The building blocks of our planet may have been the source of water on Earth rather than comets or asteroids from faraway, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Team measures Mars from crust to core

Seismologists used data from NASA's InSight Lander to get measurements deep within Mars. What they learned might clarify planetary formation.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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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

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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