Launched from Earth in 2011, the spacecraft is only 34 million miles away from its destination. Once it enters the planet's orbit, scientists will begin more intensive studies and observations.
A team of astronomers has recently discovered three habitable alien planets that have Earth-like qualities. Interestingly, these newly discovered exoplanets are orbiting a nearby "ultracool dwarf star" called TRAPPIST-1, shedding more hints that life outside the solar system could be possible.
A team of astronomers discovered a unique comet without the characteristic tail, and this rocky, asteroid-like object could give clues about our early solar system.
There's something weird on Pluto that's been bugging astronomers. NASA' s New Horizons spacecraft recently revealed stunning images of Pluto with some perplexing "halos."
If you're a tech-savvy and a fan of the outer space, mark the date from April 22 to April 24 because that's when NASA's International Space Apps Challenge is going to happen.
Traditional rules of chemistry are not followed within the interiors of Super-Planets, says a new study.
James Sullivan talks here about the Comet 67P and the gaseous oxygen (unusual) and other findings on it that have learnings for us regarding the beginning of life on our planet.
For several years, scientists have believed that the Solar System formerly had five, not four gassy giants. They wondered how the fifth planet was tossed out. New research explains how it likely happened.
Mineral clues hidden within ancient molten rocks suggest life on the planet arose 300 million years ahead of previous estimates. This changes the way scientists view the Earth following its formation 4.5 billion years ago.
After examining potentially habitable climates of three exoplanets, two seem to use an air-condition-like system that prevents the planet from getting too hot, according to KU Leuven researchers.
Recent studies found that magnesium peroxide may be abundant in extremely oxidized mantles and cores of rocky planets outside our solar system.
The largest of planets may have formed very differently from what we've thought all along.
Well, not yet, but that is the direction that scientists are headed. "Cloudy for the morning, turning to clear with scorching heat in the afternoon," may soon apply not just to typical late-summer days on Earth, but also to planets located outside our solar system, according to a new study.
Scientists have long wondered how our Blue Planet came to be covered by 70 percent water. Now a new study offers fresh evidence for how water reached Earth, finding that asteroids and comets are likely rich in water.
On March 18, 2011, NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft finally inserted itself into orbit around Mercury after six and a half years of traveling across our solar system. Now the 11-year-old spacecraft is finally retiring, with plans to end its career by leaving its mark on the planet it observed for so long.