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  1. New Horizons Probe Wakes from 5-Month SlumberRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 21, 2017 |

    New Horizons woke from a five-month hibernation period - its first stretch of rest since before its epic Pluto flyby in July 2015 - last week, right on schedule, mission team members said. The probe is in good health and ready to resume studying the dark, frigid depths of the Kuiper Belt, the ring of bodies beyond Neptune's orbit, they added.


  2. Mars' Raindrops May Once Have Been Bigger Than Earth'sRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2017 |

    Billions of years ago, rain on Mars was heavy enough to shape the planet's surface, carving channels into the red dirt and washing away parts of impact craters, new research suggests. Some of the Red Planet raindrops falling in the ancient past were likely even bigger than the ones we're used to here on Earth, according to the study.


  3. NASA's Pluto Probe New Horizons Begins 5-Month NapRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 12, 2017 |

    Artist's illustration of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flying by the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019. The spacecraft, which performed the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015, entered hibernation Monday afternoon for the first time in nearly 2.5 years, mission team members said.


  4. Planetary Scientists Decry Trump's Proposed Earth-Science CutsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 21, 2017 |

    Planetary scientists expressed their displeasure this week with President Trump's recently proposed federal budget , despite the increase of funding it would provide their field. NASA's Planetary Science Division Director Jim Green described his program's proposed 16 percent budget bump as "incredibly good" during a talk Monday at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference in The Woodlands, Texas.


  5. Saturn's Moon Titan May Offer a Glimpse of Life as We Don't Know ItRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 12, 2017 |

    Next month, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its 126th and final pass around Saturn's large moon Titan, leaving scientists with a rich picture of a geologically active world with liquid hydrocarbon lakes, complex atmospheric chemistry, and likely even a salty ocean buried beneath its icy crust.


  6. Discovery of Earth's Oldest Fossils Could Spur the Search for Life on Other PlanetsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 7, 2017 |

    Researchers this week announced the discovery of fossilized remnants that may be the oldest sign of life on Earth, a finding that has implications in the search for life on other planets as well. Analysis of rock fragments from a rare, primitive piece of Earth's oceanic crust revealed micrometer-sized tubes and filaments believed to be the remains of iron-eating bacteria that lived between 3.8 billion and 4.3 billion years ago.


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