Most distant images ever made

Most distant images ever made

For a short time, this New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) frame of the ‘Wishing Well’ star cluster, taken December 5, 2017, was the farthest image ever made by a spacecraft, breaking a 27-year record set by Voyager 1. About two hours later, New...
Mars rock is going home

Mars rock is going home

Rohit Bhartia of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover while it’s still on Earth; the other slice will...
How stars create the elements

How stars create the elements

Artist’s impression of the NEEC phenomenon. Credit: U.S. Army Research Laboratory New research involving The Australian National University (ANU) has, for the first time, demonstrated a long-theorised nuclear effect, in a feat that will help scientists...
Planet puzzles in nearby star system

Planet puzzles in nearby star system

Pictured: An artist’s impression of the trio of super-Earths discovered by a European team using the HARPS spectrograph on the ESO 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla, Chile, after 5 years of monitoring. The three planets, having 4.2, 6.7, and 9.4 times the mass of...
Mars rover looks closely at rocks

Mars rover looks closely at rocks

Star-shaped and swallowtail-shaped tiny, dark bumps in fine-layered bright bedrock of a Martian ridge are drawing close inspection by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. This set of shapes looks familiar to geologists who have studied gypsum crystals formed in drying lakes...