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Sep 2, 2015 03:54 PM ET // Irene Klotz
A pressure chamber used to simulate harsh environments, such as what exists on Venus, Saturn's moon Titan and the giant planets, is open for business at NASA's Glenn Research Center.
Aug 17, 2015 05:27 PM ET // Jason Major
In TWO stunning orbital photos, a thunderstorm over Mexico generated two huge, red sprites reaching into space.
Jul 20, 2015 05:30 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Not only has NASA’s New Horizons mission confirmed that Pluto has an extended atmosphere, after its historic flyby on July 14, the spacecraft observed a “cavity” in the solar wind, revealing a long plasma tail reminiscent of a comet’s ion tail.
Jun 25, 2015 05:47 PM ET // Irene Klotz
A planet about the size of Neptune but situated 33 times closer to its parent star than Earth orbits the sun is losing its atmosphere, forming a fat, comet-like tail in the process.
Jun 25, 2015 06:50 AM ET // Larry O'Hanlon
Magnesium and iron measurements suggest the hourly meteor rate overhead on Mars must have been tens of thousands of shooting stars per hour for hours.
Jun 15, 2015 07:03 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Many thunderstorms in Saturn's atmosphere could be driving the gas giant's vast polar cyclones, according to new simulations inspired by observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
May 13, 2015 08:06 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
By tracking the phases of six exoplanets, astronomers have tracked their daily weather cycles for the first time.
May 11, 2015 07:04 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
No, this isn't humanity's attempt at laser-etching Saturn's cloudy atmosphere with interplanetary graffiti, this is the stunning view at the bottom of a brand new adaptive optics system intended to superboost the clarity of deep space.
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