Updates from Outer Planets
January 9, 2016
Let's review some of the latest news from missions to the outer planets.
Cassini Plunges Through Enceladus Geyser, and Other Saturn News
October 29, 2015
Yesterday's daring plunge through a plume of an Enceladus geyser is the highlight of recent Saturn news.
Origin-of-Life Speculation Goes Off the Rails
October 21, 2015
Astrobiologists and their accomplices in the media are finding life everywhere where it isn't or couldn't be. Time to call in the science rangers.
Pounding Headaches for Solar System Dates
October 19, 2015
It's hard to tell when things crashed into each other.
August 8, 2015
Cassini keeps revealing puzzling phenomena in the Saturn system that challenge traditional theories and date estimates.
Pluto Is Young
July 15, 2015
The New Horizons science team is stunned by surface features on Pluto and its large moon Charon that cannot be billions of years old.
Pluto Inbound Image Stuns Scientists
July 14, 2015
It's not a featureless orb: Pluto has a whale and a heart. A "complex and nuanced" surface shows that Pluto and its large moon Charon had a history.
Titan: Planetary Scientists Invent Imaginary Histories
June 15, 2015
Getting from then to now is more poetic license than demonstrable fact.
Geology Upset: Wind Carves Canyons Fast
March 19, 2015
According to a new study, wind carves canyons ten times faster than water. This has implications for theories on Mars and Earth.
Water Worlds Tempt with Life, Not Youth
March 13, 2015
More and more planets and moons are suspected of having liquid water, but what should be the logical implications?
Mars Methane Is Not Alive
December 16, 2014
Small periodic spikes in methane on Mars are turning the Mars-lifers into spin doctors.
Saturn Rescues Earth: Outer Planet Wonders
November 22, 2014
How Saturn saved the Earth, and other news from the ringed planet, its family, and other bodies in the outer solar system.
Comet Lander Working, But Not Optimal
November 13, 2014
Rosetta's Philae lander hopped twice before landing in the shade in a tilted position, but the instruments are working.
Rosetta's Philae: ESA Lands Probe on Comet
November 12, 2014
Another space first: the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission landed its Philae probe on a comet this morning, but will it stick?
Mercury, Moon May Still Be Erupting
October 17, 2014
Two objects that should be old and dead show surprising activity. Other indications of youthfulness in the solar system are noted.