By the looks of this video, Monday night would not have been a very jovial night to spend on Jupiter. Two amateur astronomers spotted a bright white flash for a few seconds just inside Jupiter's eastern limb, which was probably a fireball a hundred miles in diameter caused by an asteroid or comet impacting Jupiter's atmosphere. Ka-POW!
NASA may be focusing on missions that are faster and cheaper while rolling over in favor of private industry, but the European Space Agency is kicking space science up a notch with a brand new plan for a $1.3 billion mission that'll explore the moons of Jupiter starting in 2030. It's called JUICE, for "Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer." Obviously.
In my opinion this is one of the coolest space videos I've seen in a long time. The video shows images of Saturn and Jupiter captured by NASA's Voyager and Cassini spacecraft in spectacular detail. We see Saturn's rings come alive and the cosmic storms swirl on both Saturn and Jupiter.
Of all the places in our solar system (besides Earth) where life has a real shot at being lifeish, Europa is probably at the top of the list. This is why, in defiance of the warnings in 2010: Odyssey Two, NASA may send a pair of landers to Europa in 2020.
Three super-secret Lego minifigs are stowing away on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which heads off to Jupiter this Friday.
Jupiter has much stronger gravity than Earth thanks to its large size. Would that higher gravity affect the way a lava lamp works? Well, wonder no more, because Neil Fraser built a centrifuge in order to find out. And that...
Most of the scientists at NASA say they have the design for the Constellation program with its Ares moon rockets nailed down, and they’re set for flight testing a year from now with hopes for a moon landing by...