Paul Scott Anderson

1st image from inside sun’s atmosphere

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now swept within the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere.. No other spacecraft has ever come this close to the sun’s surface! And, it’s going to get closer.

Exoplanet’s helium atmosphere is inflated like a balloon

Astronomers have discovered that a Neptune-sized exoplanet – HAT-P-11b – has an even larger helium atmosphere than first thought. The atmosphere is literally inflated like a massive balloon.

Ancient water found on asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at asteroid Bennu on December 3 and has already made a significant discovery about this small world.

WASP-69b, the exoplanet with a tail

Astronomers have discovered a Jupiter-sized planet – 163 light-years away – that seems to think it’s a comet. It has a prominent “tail” of helium gas.

Over 100 new exoplanets from Kepler and Gaia

At least 18 of the new planets are less than 2 times larger than the Earth, and are likely to have rocky compositions with atmospheres comparable to Earth’s.

Some TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets may be like Venus

How habitable are the 7 Earth-sized exoplanets of the nearby star TRAPPIST-1? Updated climate models suggest some may be similar to Venus, but at least one world may have oceans like Earth.

ExoMars will land in Oxia Planum in 2021

The European Space Agency has named Oxia Planum on Mars as the landing site for its ExoMars rover, due to set down in 2021.

How did Phobos get so groovy?

Mars’ moon Phobos is an enigmatic little world, with unusual grooves cutting across its surface. Now scientists have new evidence to support the theory that they were created by rolling boulders.

Have astronomers found another Tabby’s Star?

Remember when astronomers found Tabby’s Star and said they’d never seen anything like it? Now there’s another one … maybe.

A billionaire’s plan to search for life on Enceladus

Russian entrepreneur and physicist Yuri Milner wants to send a probe back to Saturn’s ocean moon Enceladus, to search for evidence of life there. NASA wants to help him.