geology

Perseverance is Putting its Samples Onto the Surface of Mars, So a Future Helicopter can Pick Them Up

At this point in its mission, NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover has collected almost 50% of its samples. The rover is…

3 weeks ago

Scientists Piece Together the Shoreline of an Ancient Ocean on Mars

Scientists have long suspected that Mars was once warm and wet in its ancient past. The Mars Ocean Hypothesis says…

3 months ago

Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Asteroid That Created the Biggest Known Crater on Earth

Ancient impacts played a powerful role in Earth's complex history. On other Solar System bodies like the Moon or Mercury,…

4 months ago

A Geologic map of the Entire Moon has Been Released at 1:2,500,000-Scale

Chinese scientists have created the most detailed map of the Moon yet. It took them 10 years and involved hundreds…

8 months ago

Pluto’s Surface was Shaped by Ice Volcanoes

For all of Earth's geological diversity and its long history, the planet has never had ice volcanoes. But Pluto has.…

10 months ago

This is Where the Mars Sample Return Mission Could be Landing

NASA's Perseverance Rover is busy exploring Jezero Crater on Mars. Part of its mission is to collect samples for retrieval…

10 months ago

These are Star Dunes on Mars, Formed When the Wind Comes From Many Different Directions

Missions to Mars are expensive, even orbiters. They're there to do science, not take pretty pictures. But sometimes Mars' beauty…

10 months ago

What’s it Like Inside a Super-Earth?

We know a ton about the inside of Earth. We know it has both an inner core and an outer…

11 months ago

It’s Been Constantly Raining Meteors on Mars for 600 Million Years. Earth too.

New research shows that Mars has faced a constant rain of meteors during the last 600 million years. This finding…

1 year ago

The Moon’s Crust was Formed From a Frozen Slushy Magma

Scientists' detailed study of the Moon dates back to the Apollo missions when astronauts brought rock samples from the lunar…

1 year ago