Planetary Science

  1. Planetary Science

    Mars Views Hint at Early Land of Lakes

    New, high-resolution images unveiled this week not only offer supporting evidence that parts of ancient Mars resembled a land of lakes but also point out prime locations to look for fossils if life ever existed on the Red Planet.

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    An early cosmic wallop for life on Earth?

    New evidence from lunar meteorites suggests that debris bombarded the moon some 3.9 billion years ago, about the same time that life may have formed on Earth.

  3. Planetary Science

    Mars Rovers: New evidence of past water

    Twin rovers on opposite sides of the Red Planet have found additional evidence that liquid water once flowed there.

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    Martian water everywhere

    Combining data taken from two craft orbiting Mars with images and spectra collected by one of the Mars rovers, a scientist has found evidence that a body of water greater in area than all the Great Lakes combined once covered the Red Planet.

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    Tiny scope spies distant planet

    Using a telescope not much bigger than Galileo's, astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth.

  6. Planetary Science

    Exploring Mars

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    A really cool map

    A new infrared image of Saturn's rings provides the most detailed temperature map ever taken of these icy particles.

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    Martian ice could be sculpting surface patterns

    Images taken by the Mars Global Surveyor suggest that most areas with geological features known as patterned ground appear at high latitudes.

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    Saturn Watch: Cassini finds two new moons and lightning

    The Cassini spacecraft has detected two moons that may be the smallest ever found around Saturn as well as changes in the character of lightning first detected in Saturn's atmosphere in the early 1980s.

  10. Planetary Science

    Finding a lunar meteorite’s home

    Scientists have for the first time pinpointed the source of a meteorite that came from the moon.

  11. Planetary Science

    The sound of rings

    When Cassini reached Saturn on June 30, it twice dashed through a gap in the planet's rings, and onboard science instruments recorded a flurry of ring dust harmlessly striking the spacecraft.

  12. Planetary Science

    Meteorites quickly reach Earth

    Fragments from collisions between large bodies in the asteroid belt can reach Earth in as little as 100,000 years.