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  1. Planetary Science

    NASA will be heading back to Venus for the first time in decades

    Two newly selected missions, VERITAS and DAVINCI+, will explore the history of the planet's water and habitability.

  2. Astronomy

    The discovery of the Kuiper Belt revamped our view of the solar system

    Thirty years ago, astronomers found the Kuiper Belt, a region of space home to Pluto and other icy worlds that helped show how the solar system evolved.

  3. Physics

    Diamond holds up at pressures more than five times those in Earth’s core

    Even when pummeled with lasers, diamond retains its structure, which could reveal how carbon behaves in the cores of some exoplanets.

  4. Astronomy

    This is the first picture of a sunlike star with multiple exoplanets

    A first family portrait reveals a weird cousin of the solar system: a star about the mass of the sun orbited — distantly — by two massive gas giants.

  5. Space

    Spacecraft in 2021 set their sights on Mars, asteroids and beyond

    This year, a bevy of new missions got under way on Mars and spacecraft prepared to visit asteroids.

  6. Other worlds

    The past century of astronomy has been a series of revolutions, each one kicking Earth a bit farther to the margins of the universe.

  7. Readers ask about the James Webb Space Telescope and cosmic cannibalism

  8. Space

    A newfound exoplanet may be the exposed core of a gas giant

    A planet about 734 light-years away could be a former gas giant that lost its atmosphere or a failed giant that never finished growing.

  9. Space

    Planets with many neighbors may be the best places to look for life

    Solar systems with many planets in circular orbits suggest a calm life-nurturing past, while single exoplanets with eccentric orbits hint at chaos.

  10. Planetary Science

    Some exoplanets may be covered in weird water that’s between liquid and gas

    “Supercritical” water, a corrosive substance used to break down toxic waste on Earth, coats some small worlds around other stars, simulations suggest.

  11. Astronomy

    How radio astronomy put new eyes on the cosmos

    A century ago, radio astronomy didn’t exist. But since the 1930s, it has uncovered cosmic secrets from planets next door and the faint glow of the universe’s beginnings.

  12. Readers ask about exoplanet heating sources, combating climate change and COVID-19