“Exoplanet Disneyland” –NASA’s TESS Unveils Intriguing New Star System

TESS Spacecraft


“TOI-270 is a true Disneyland for exoplanet science, and one of the prime star systems TESS was set out to discover,” says Maximilian Günther, at MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, of three new worlds that are among the smallest, nearest exoplanets known to date. “It is an exceptional laboratory for not one, but many reasons — it really ticks all the boxes.”


“850 Alien Planets & Unknown Objects” –NASA’s TESS Expedition Ends Year One



What’s buried in the data? “The team is currently focused on finding the best candidates to confirm by ground-based follow-up,” said Natalia Guerrero, who manages the team in charge of identifying exoplanet candidates at MIT. “But there are many more potential exoplanet candidates in the data yet to be analyzed, so we’re really just seeing the tip of the iceberg here. TESS has only scratched the surface.”


Moon’s Unexplored South Pole –“What’s Hidden There?”

Moon's South Pole



The Moon’s south pole region is home to some of the most extreme environments in the solar system –NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has measured the coldest temperatures in the solar system inside the permanent darkness of lunar South Pole craters, which have become known as perfect environments for preserving material like water for eons. Or so we thought.


Apollo 11 50th Anniversary –“13 Minutes to the Moon” Finale: Live From Houston

Apollo 11


“We choose to go.” The BBC season finale comes from where JFK made his famous Moon speech. We reflect on one of the greatest achievements in human history.


“Planet B” –NASA’s Plans for Making Mars a Refuge for Homo Sapiens

NASA Terraformed Mars


“Mars is the most habitable planet in our Solar System besides Earth,” said Laura Kerber, Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory  research scientist at JPL with interests in  the ancient Martian climate and extraterrestrial environments. “But it remains a hostile world for many kinds of life. A system for creating small islands of habitability would allow us to transform Mars in a controlled and scalable way.”


“Ice Worm to Tundra Ape” –NASA’s Robot Menagerie Bound for Alien Worlds


NASA Mini Helicopter


From Ice Worm to RoboSimian and Cliff-Climbing Mini-Helicopter, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has engineered an army of robots capable of driving on the plains and craters of Mars, explore cliffs, polar caps and other hard-to-reach places on the Red Planet and beyond.



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