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InSight Spacecraft

InSight...

Jun 1 - InSight’s primary mission is to study Mars’ geology to learn more about the planet’s formation and current condition. The pressure sensor’s job is to “clean up” the data from the...   Read more ›

Methane ice dunes found on Pluto by NASA spacecraft

Methane ice dunes found on Pluto by NASA spacecraft

Scientists say they have found evidence of dunes of frozen methane on Pluto.

NASA's Juno Jupiter Probe Exceeds Expectations

NASA's Juno Jupiter Probe Exceeds Expectations

Juno is soaking up as much data as it can about the planet’s gravity, magnetic fields, deep atmosphere and core. [Forbes/Science]

Mars is suddenly more interesting

Mars is suddenly more interesting

Prof. Jonathan Lunine discusses recent discoveries on Mars in this CNN Online story. (Photo: JPL-NASA)

Cornell researchers build telescopes to measure universe's earliest light

Cornell researchers build telescopes to measure universe's earliest light

Professor Michael Niemack, left, and Cornell graduate student Nicholas Cothard at 18,400 feet elevation in Chile near the future locations of the Simons Observatory and CCAT-prime telescopes.

Titan's "magic islands" aren't islands, or bubbles

Titan's "magic islands" aren't islands, or bubbles

Image courtesy of JPL-Caltech/NASA, Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Idaho

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Fact #8: Cosmic Combat

Antares (think anti-Ares) is known as the rival of Mars because Mars passes by this bright red star, "challenging" the planet as it nears.