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Mar 18, 2015 02:25 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Scientists using NASA’s Mars-orbiting MAVEN spacecraft discovered a mysterious cloud of dust hundreds of miles above the planet’s surface -- and no explanation for how it got there.
Feb 16, 2015 11:00 AM ET // Irene Klotz
Amateur astronomers gazing at Mars discovered gigantic plumes soaring more than 125 miles above the planet’s surface, a phenomenon that so far defies explanation.
Dec 22, 2014 01:02 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Mars' atmosphere is often viewed as frigid and unchanging, but in studies of the red planet's aeolian processes, nothing could be further from the truth -- particularly where Martian dust devils are concerned. Continue reading →
Nov 12, 2014 02:52 PM ET // Jason Major
This summer ESA's Venus Express spacecraft daringly dipped into the upper atmosphere of our neighboring planet during a risky but successful aerobraking maneuver. Continue reading →
Nov 7, 2014 03:17 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
When Comet Siding Spring made its historic close approach with Mars last month, the icy interloper showered the Martian upper atmosphere with meteors -- and several robots were on hand to monitor the shower's effects. Continue reading →
Oct 22, 2014 03:02 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
It's as if Titan is getting festive for Hallowe'en -- astronomers have detected a ghostly glow around the the north and south poles of the Saturnian moon that had previously gone undetected. Continue reading →
Oct 20, 2014 04:40 PM ET // Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
If you step outside before dawn during the next week or so, you might be able to see bright meteors streaking through the sky.
Oct 14, 2014 04:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
Early results from NASA’s recently arrived MAVEN Mars spacecraft show an extensive, tenuous cloud of hydrogen surrounding the red planet, the result of water breaking down in the atmosphere.
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