Hubble’s new view of Jupiter

Hubble’s new view of Jupiter

The image above shows amazing detail and colour in Jupiter’s cloud bands, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The planet’s famous Great Red Spot (GRS) — about twice the diameter of Earth — is prominent. The giant anticyclone is nestled between two bands of...
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...
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...