The twin Voyagers set the pace for planetary exploration. And although the technology on new probes far surpasses theirs, no other spacecraft has yet explored more of the solar system and its interstellar environs...
A tagalong to the Russian sample-return mission makes some researchers uncomfortable
NASA is planning to send an orbiter to Europa as part of an international fleet of probes slated to explore Jupiter's environs that may even include a landing on the intriguing moon
5 Future Robotic Expeditions and What They Could Reveal [Slide Show]
Some are already on their way and some are still in the works, but here is what we may see from unmanned exploration of space in the coming years
Opportunity rover finds possible meteorite on Mars
The indefatigable Opportunity rover, still motoring across the Red Planet five years into its mission, recently came across what may be a large meteorite sitting on the Martian surface.
A Mars Rovers Once-Over
We look at the state of the rovers currently on Mars, the big accidental discovery by the Spirit rover, and the next-generation device slated to join them in 2010, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover...
Enceladus: Secrets of Saturn's Strangest Moon
Wrinkled landscapes and spouting jets on Saturn's sixth-largest moon hint at underground waters
NASA and ESA headed back to Jupiter's moons
NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) today unveiled their joint plans for exploring the outer planets, choosing to head to Jupiter and four of its moons before further exploring the moons of Saturn...
Red (Planet) Alert: Massive Subsurface Glaciers Discovered on Mars
Surface-penetrating radar reveals features composed of ice, not rock
Moonstruck: Tagalong Probe to Blast Moon in Search for Water
The LCROSS spacecraft, launching next week, will impact the moon to see what flies up
Mars exploration rovers just keep going and going...
Have Brain, Must Travel
Phoenix Gas Analyzer Confirms Water on Mars
Mission extended five weeks until late September
Sample-return mission pulls a building block of life from a comet
Cassini spacecraft spots a new moonlet in Saturn's rings
How do space probes navigate large distances with such accuracy and how do the mission controllers know when they've reached their target?
Space For Both?--Human Vs. Robotic Space Missions
In this episode Cornell University astronomer Jim Bell talks about future space missions and why people need to be part of them. Bell is the leader of the team operating the color cameras on the Mars rovers, and the author of the book Postcards From Mars and of an opinion piece in the August issue of Scientific American on humans in space...
Did the Phoenix lander spot liquid water on Mars?
India's first moon mission ends prematurely with spacecraft communications failure
The Indian space program joined an elite group last year when its first lunar probe entered orbit around the moon and began taking detailed observations.
Space Aged: 10 Spacecraft from Decades Past That Are Still Ticking [Slide Show]
Whether peering into deep space or checking on human activity, spacecraft and satellites from days gone by are still on the job
Voyagers to the End
The solar system may be dented at the bottom