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These new robots will plunge into the ocean’s most alien depths
The Orpheus submersibles are designed to explore an extreme zone of the Earth's seas—and could help pave the way for science on distant worlds.
A probe destined for Mercury ended up rubbernecking Venus
The BepiColombo snapped a selfie during a rare double-flyby, when two spacecrafts passed near Venus within 33 hours.
These scientists spent decades pushing NASA to go back to Venus. Now they’re on a hot streak.
Our next-door planet is similar to Earth in size and composition, but extreme conditions made Venus a hellscape. Devoted researchers want to know what caused their wildly divergent paths.
NASA is finally going back to Venus. Here’s what its twin missions hope to uncover.
VERITAS and DAVINCI+ will arrive at the long-overlooked planet toward the end of the decade.
We could live in caves on the moon. What would that be like?
Lunar caves aren’t just scientific curiosities—they might be our future homes.
Will asteroids wreak havoc on future Mars settlers?
It’s tough enough keeping track of everything that might hit Earth.
How China got the first seedling to sprout on the moon
The first lander on the 'dark side' of the moon brought several organisms with it. Only cotton survived.
‘The Martian’ author Andy Weir answers your questions about Mars
His favorite astronaut, his most beloved fictional space explorer, and the discoveries that would have changed the plot of 'The Martian.'
Here’s China’s plan to compete with SpaceX and Blue Origin
Private companies want to launch reusable space rockets in 2020.
Venus may once have been habitable. Now it can tell us if other worlds might be as well.
It’s time to return to our hellish neighbor.