Martian atmosphere behaves as one18 July 2018
Martian atmosphere behaves as one18 July 2018 New research using a decade of data from ESA’s Mars Express has found clear signs of the complex martian atmosphere acting as a single, interconnected system, with processes occurring at low and mid levels significantly affecting those seen higher up.
Spinning-top asteroids, from Rosetta to Hayabusa2 – and maybe Hera18 July 2018 As Japan’s Hayabusa2 drew closer to its target Ryugu asteroid, a strange new planetoid came into view – but one with a somewhat familiar shape. This distinct ‘spinning top’ asteroid class has been seen repeatedly in recent years, and might give a fore...
From an almost perfect Universe to the best of both worlds17 July 2018 It was 21 March 2013. The world’s scientific press had either gathered in ESA’s Paris headquarters or logged in online, along with a multitude of scientists around the globe, to witness the moment when ESA’s Planck mission revealed its ‘image’ of the...
New launch date for James Webb Space Telescope28 June 2018
New launch date for James Webb Space Telescope28 June 2018 After completion of an independent review, a new launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope has been announced: 30 March 2021.
Interstellar asteroid is really a comet 27 June 2018
Interstellar asteroid is really a comet 27 June 2018 An object from another star system that made a brief appearance in our skies guised as an asteroid turns out to be a tiny interstellar comet.
Complex organics bubble from the depths of ocean-world Enceladus27 June 2018 Data from the international Cassini spacecraft have revealed complex organic molecules originating from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean-world hosts conditions suitable for life.