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How binary stars' planets are born

A new mathematical simulation shows how gas and dust could swirl into planets in dual-star systems

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A map of Mars's ancient rivers unlocks new possibilities for learning about the Red Planet

The same tools scientists use to understand Earth's climate history may work on Mars, too

Jupiter, in infrared, visible, and ultraviolet glory

 Jupiter, in infrared, visible, and ultraviolet glory 

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/NASA/ESA, M.H. Wong and I. de Pater (UC Berkeley) et al. 

Seeing in different lights paints a more detailed picture of Jupiter

Newly released images show the planet in infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light

Combined optical and X-ray image of Uranus.

Combined optical and X-ray image of Uranus. 

Chandra image gallery. X-ray: NASA/CXO/University College London/W. Dunn et al; Optical: W.M. Keck Observatory.

Uranus emits extra x-rays, and scientists don't know why

They could be just reflections, or Uranus could have its own version of the Northern Lights

Space travel is now open to the public

SpaceX's Inspiration4 has picked two new astronauts and will be launching September 2021

How dark is outer space? The New Horizons spacecraft is helping astronomers find out

Measurements from beyond Pluto shed light on the "fossil record" of our universe

How the age of Mars rovers began

Perseverance is the fifth rover to land on the Red Planet. NASA scientists remember Mars Pathfinder’s Sojourner—the 90s experimental endeavor that started it all

NASA's Perseverance Rover has landed on Mars

NASA's latest Mars rover and its partner helicopter Ingenuity have touched down safely

Astronomers are turning orbits and planetary rings into mournful, loud music

Modern astronomers are picking up where Kepler left off. In Mars's winds and Saturn's rings, they find music

Is dark matter just made of "antimatter nuggets"?

New research asks how the world would look if chunks of antimatter collided with people, rocks, and stars

How does space travel affect astronaut's chromosomes?

Astronaut study reveals new intricacies of spaceflight radiation's stress on telomere length

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How to become a galaxy hunter: an interview with Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

The University of Chicago astronomer talks about getting a galaxy named after herself and fighting for telescope time

Watching Earth change from space: an interview with Africa Flores-Anderson

The National Geographic Explorer and NASA scientist spoke with Massive on how imaging environmental change can change minds

A potential sign of life has been discovered in the clouds of Venus

Scientists found phosphine in the atmosphere, a molecule commonly associated with life, but stressed that they had not discovered life itself

2000-year-old shipwreck will help catch elusive neutrinos traveling from distant supernovae

Scientists say that ancient lead from the Roman ship is better suited than new metal

Meet Lynnae Quick, NASA's hunter of space cryomagma

Only the fifth African American woman with a planetary sciences PhD, she's on the team hoping to first see Europa's geysers

Meet Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who figured out what the universe is made of

Stifled by sexism in Europe, she made foundational discoveries in astronomy after coming to the US

Robotic skins might enable the next generation of space exploration

Light and adaptable robotic skins can turn inanimate objects into multifunctional robots

Meet Dr. Gladys West, the hidden figure behind your phone's GPS

Gladys West is one of the reasons why you can receive driving directions from your phone or tag a photo location on Instagram

A rat with a device attached to its brain crawls through a three-dimensional (3D) maze.

 Grieves et al 2019. "The place-cell representation of volumetric space in rats." 

You live in a mostly 2D world, but the map in your brain charts the places you've been in 3D

Place cells in the brain light up in familiar places, both on the ground and climbing in the air

Before Apollo 11 landed, astronauts needed a map of the Moon

Only one person responded to a call for an absolutely critical mission

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60% of astronauts test positive for active herpes virus in space

Something about space brings out cold sores - what does it mean for people on Earth?

Maria Kirch was the first woman to discover a comet, but her husband took the credit

Even 300 years later, Maria Margaretha Winkelmann Kirch is denied credit for her work

Meet Maria Mitchell, the first American to discover a comet

She imagined what potential there would be if women were allowed to pursue something they were passionate about