Planets

This image made available by NASA on Thursday, May 25, 2017, and made from data captured by the Juno spacecraft shows Jupiter's south pole. The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. The cyclones are separate from Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot, a raging hurricane-like storm south of the equator. The composite, enhanced color image was made from data on three separate orbits. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles via AP)
May 25, 2017 - 5:41 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now a largely unexplored region that is more turbulent than scientists expected. NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather at the top and bottom of Jupiter once it began skimming the cloud tops last...
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May 25, 2017 - 2:22 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now a largely unexplored region. NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather once it began skimming the giant gas planet's cloud tops last year. Scientists released their first major findings Thursday. "...
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FILE In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, a model of Schiaparelli· the mars landing device , is on display at the European Space Agency, ESA, in Darmstadt, Germany. An independent report on Wednesday May 24, 2017 concludes Europe’s Schiaparelli probe crash-landed on Mars last year because its systems couldn’t cope with a brief, wild rotation during its descent. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP,File)
May 24, 2017 - 11:47 am
BERLIN (AP) — An independent report has concluded that Europe's Schiaparelli probe crash-landed on Mars last year because its systems couldn't cope with a brief, wild rotation during its descent. The report commissioned by the European Space Agency says the sudden spin — lasting only one second —...
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This combination of April 26, 2017 images show features in Saturn's atmosphere from closer than ever before. The view was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as it became the first spacecraft to venture between Saturn and its rings. (JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/NASA via AP)
April 27, 2017 - 1:04 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it. Flight controllers regained contact with Cassini on Thursday, a day after it became the first craft to cross this hazardous region. The...
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FILE - in This Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, the moon rises over a logo for AVIC or Aviation Industry Corp in Beijing, China. China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human outpost on the moon. The chief engineer for China’s space agency disclosed the talks Wednesday in Chinese state media. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File )
April 26, 2017 - 7:00 am
BEIJING (AP) — Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports. The secretary general for China's space agency...
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April 26, 2017 - 1:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human outpost on the moon. The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, disclosed the talks Wednesday in Chinese state media. Further details on what the collaboration could entail were not...
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This image made available by NASA in April 2017 shows a still from the short film "Cassini's Grand Finale," with the spacecraft diving between Saturn and the planet's innermost ring. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached Saturn in 2004 and has been exploring it from orbit ever since. Cassini’s fuel tank is almost empty, so NASA has opted for a risky, but science-rich grand finale. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
April 21, 2017 - 1:11 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn. Cassini swings past Saturn's mega moon Titan early Saturday for a gravity-assisted, orbit-tweaking nudge. "That last kiss goodbye," as project manager Earl Maize calls it, will push Cassini onto a...
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December 22, 2015 - 3:15 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Marc D Rayman, NASA (THE CONVERSATION) More than a thousand times farther from Earth than the moon, farther even than the sun, an extraordinary extraterrestrial expedition is taking...
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December 23, 2014 - 2:04 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) David A Weintraub, Vanderbilt University (THE CONVERSATION) Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder”...
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November 05, 2014 - 6:10 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) David A Weintraub, Vanderbilt University (THE CONVERSATION) How will humankind react after astronomers hand over rock-solid scientific evidence for the existence of life beyond the...
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