Strange Honeycomb Pattern on Mars Appears to Be Formed by Water Ice And CO2

Strange Honeycomb Pattern on Mars Appears to Be Formed by Water Ice And CO2

From orbit, this landscape on Mars looks like a lacy honeycomb or a spider web. But the unusual polygon-shaped features aren’t created by Martian bees or spiders; they are actually formed from an ongoing process of seasonal change from created from water ice and carbon dioxide. The HiRISE camera (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) on … Read more

Astronomers Unveil The Most Detailed Map of The Metal Asteroid Psyche Yet

Astronomers Unveil The Most Detailed Map of The Metal Asteroid Psyche Yet

If you wanted to do a forensic study of the Solar System, you might head for the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. That’s where you can find ancient rocks from the Solar System’s early days. Out there in the cold vacuum of space, far from the Sun, asteroids are largely untouched by space … Read more

New Image of Mars Reveals a Crater Eerily Similar to a Huge, Creepy Eye

New Image of Mars Reveals a Crater Eerily Similar to a Huge, Creepy Eye

A new image snapped by a spacecraft orbiting Mars could be enough to give one Lovecraftian nightmares. Far below the camera of ESA’s Mars Express, a large, city-sized, unnamed crater gapes on the surface of the red planet, smears of dark material making it appear like an enormous eye gazing out to the stars. Yet … Read more

Ancient volcanoes may be the source of water found on the moon

Ancient volcanoes may be the source of water found on the moon

It was back in January that China’s space program (CNSA) was the first to detect water signals directly from the Moon’s surface, thanks to its Chang’e-5 lunar probe. The news made headlines around the world. Earlier this month, it was further revealed that not all of the Moon’s water came from its own surface; some … Read more

The Moon May Have Been Covertly Siphoning Earth’s Water For Billions of Years

The Moon May Have Been Covertly Siphoning Earth’s Water For Billions of Years

There are water molecules and ice up on the Moon, so how did they get there? Asteroid and comet collisions are likely to have produced some of it, but a new study suggests another source of lunar water: the Earth’s atmosphere. Hydrogen and oxygen ions escaping from our planet’s upper atmosphere and then combining on … Read more

Venus Should Be ‘Locked’ With One Side Facing The Sun. Here’s Why It Isn’t

Venus Should Be ‘Locked’ With One Side Facing The Sun.  Here’s Why It Isn’t

When two bodies in space are close together enough, their gravity acts as a brake, slowing them until one’s rotation ‘locks’ to match its orbit. This tidal locking means that one side of the smaller body is permanently facing the larger – it’s the reason why we only ever see one side of the Moon … Read more