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Tiny Neptune Moon Spotted by Hubble May Have Broken from Larger Moon

February 21, 2019

Astronomers call it “the moon that shouldn’t be there.” After several years of analysis, a team of planetary…
Where is Earth’s submoon?

January 24, 2019

“Can moons have moons?” This simple question—asked by the four-year old son of Carnegie’s Juna Kollmeier—started it all.…
Does New Horizons’ Next Target Have a Moon?

December 13, 2017

Scientists were already excited to learn this summer that New Horizons’ next flyby target – a Kuiper Belt…
NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons

November 17, 2017

NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars…
Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber

November 7, 2017

As Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at…
Juno Observes Jupiter, Io and Europa

October 9, 2017

This color-enhanced image of Jupiter and two of its largest moons – Io and Europa – was captured…
Examining Mars’ Moon Phobos in a Different Light

October 5, 2017

NASA’s longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper…
ESA’s Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board

March 17, 2017

Demanding electric, magnetic and power requirements, harsh radiation, and strict planetary protection rules are some of the critical…
Dichotomy of Enceladus

March 7, 2017

Enceladus is a world divided. To the north, we see copious amounts of craters and evidence of the…
NASA Receives Science Report on Europa Lander Concept

February 9, 2017

A report on the potential science value of a lander on the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa…
Here’s Looking at You, Tethys

January 24, 2017

Tethys, one of Saturn’s larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view…
Mimas’ Mountain

January 10, 2017

Shadows cast across Mimas’ defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater’s towering…
Pandora Up Close

December 25, 2016

This image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn’s moon Pandora.…
Titan’s Mystery Clouds

December 23, 2016

This comparison of two views from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, taken fairly close together in time, illustrates a peculiar…
Crash Course

December 20, 2016

It may look as though Saturn’s moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by…
NASA Moon Mission Shares Insights into Giant Impacts

October 29, 2016

New results from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission are providing insights into the huge impacts…
Uranus May Have Two Undiscovered Moons

October 23, 2016

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Uranus 30 years ago, but researchers are still making discoveries from the…
New Research Reveals Fluctuating Atmosphere of Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon

August 3, 2016

Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io has a thin atmosphere that collapses in the shadow of Jupiter, condensing as ice,…
NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter

June 26, 2016

Today (6/24), at exactly 9:57 and 48 seconds a.m. PDT, NASA’s Juno spacecraft was 5.5 million miles (8.9…
Close encounters of a tidal kind could lead to cracks on icy moons

May 26, 2016

A new model developed by University of Rochester researchers could offer a new explanation as to how cracks…
Hard Knock Life

May 10, 2016

Life is hard for a little moon. Epimetheus, seen here with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and…
Hubble Discovers Moon Orbiting the Dwarf Planet Makemake

April 27, 2016

Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon…
Enceladus Dalmatian Terrain Close-up

January 15, 2016

During its final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft revisited a landscape, and a mystery,…
Mars to lose its largest moon, but gain a ring

November 25, 2015

Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet, but rather than smash into the surface, it…
Mars’ Moon Phobos is Slowly Falling Apart

November 11, 2015

The long, shallow grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the structural failure that…
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