planetary science

Mars

NASA Successfully Landed Its Digging Robot on Mars

InSight is the first Mars mission to focus on the red planet’s interior, and will drill a hole five meters into its surface.
Becky Ferreira
11.26.18
Motherboard

Scientists Discover ‘Super-Earth’ That’s Only Six Light Years Away

Astronomers have been looking for exoplanets around Barnard’s Star for decades. Now, they’ve finally spotted one.
Becky Ferreira
11.14.18
Mars

What's That Weird Cloud That's Been Looming Over Mars for Weeks?

A 930-mile-long cloud is suspended over one of Mars' volcanoes.
Becky Ferreira
10.26.18
Motherboard

Scientists Think Europa’s Equator Might Be Covered in 45-Foot-Tall Ice Spears

Sharp spikes called penitentes may be waiting to impale any spacecraft that lands in the moon's low latitudes.
Becky Ferreira
10.9.18
Insight

NASA's Launching a Lander That Will Dig on Mars

Mars InSight will be the first interplanetary mission to lift off from the West Coast.
Becky Ferreira
5.4.18
Space

Pluto Has Towers of Ice 1,600 Feet Tall

The only other planet in the solar system to have such structures, called 'penitentes', is Earth.
Samantha Cole
1.8.17
Metal

Earth's Core Is Squirting a 'Jet Stream' of Liquid Metal Under the Surface

Scientists found it by taking a satellite “x-ray” of the globe.
Grennan Milliken
12.21.16
Space

Scientists Discovered a New Dwarf Planet at the Edge of Our Solar System

Giving Pluto some more company.
Madison Margolin
10.11.16
waves

Mars Was Once Home to 400-Foot-High Waves Caused by Meteor Impacts

Mars had some pretty epic surfing conditions back in the day.
Becky Ferreira
5.19.16
nasa

NASA Deciding Between Saving Earth From Asteroids or Studying Gases on Venus

Choose wisely.
Jason Koebler
10.1.15
nasa

A Collision Between Mini-Moons May Have Formed One of Saturn's Outer Rings

A new paper reveals that Saturn’s F ring is probably the fallout of a moonlet fight.
Becky Ferreira
8.17.15
Motherboard Blog

Is There Any Hope for Planetary Big-Science Beyond Curiosity? Maybe Not

You'd think we'd never sent a multi-billion dollar rover to Mars before. Or sent a spacecraft there, or even _seen_ the Red Planet up close for that matter. The PR push behind NASA's latest big-ticket endevour was astounding. Times Square! It's almost...
Michael Byrne
8.10.12