NASA Concept: A Clockwork Rover for Venus

August 25, 2017

By Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California A good watch can take a beating and keep on ticking. With the right parts, can a rover do the same on a planet like Venus? A concept […]

NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland

May 25, 2017

Written by Carol Rasmussen (NASA Earth Science News Team), Alan Buis (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) A new NASA study finds that during Greenland’s hottest summers on record, 2010 and 2012, the ice in Rink Glacier on the […]

NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

May 24, 2017

By D.C. Agle (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Karin Valentine (Arizona State University-School of Earth and Space Exploration), Laurie Cantillo (NASA HQ), and Dwayne Brown (NASA HQ) Psyche, NASA’s Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved […]

“Warm Neptune” Has Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere

May 12, 2017

By Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA A study combining observations from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveals that the distant planet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. Located about 437 light […]

JPL Tests Robotics in Ice Caves Near Active Volcano

February 13, 2017

Descent into a Frozen Underworld By Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mt. Erebus is at the end of our world — and offers a portal to another. It’s our planet’s southernmost active volcano, reaching 12,448 […]