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  • Voyager 2 will be on its own while DSN antenna is upgraded

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 23rd, 2020

    The only radio telescope capable of communicating with NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft will undergo nearly 11 months of upgrades to its 230-foot- (70-meter-) wide antenna, during which it will be unable to transmit commands to the 42-year-old spacecraft, which is now traveling in interstellar space.

  • Pluto’s hazy atmosphere is similar to that of Titan

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 2nd, 2020

    Pluto is often compared to Neptune's largest moon Triton, but its hazy atmosphere is actually more akin to that of Saturn's largest moon Titan, which is sometimes viewed as an analog of early Earth.

  • Collision likely factor in creation of tiny Neptunian moon

    Michael McCabeMarch 6th, 2019

    A moon orbiting Neptune that was discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope in 2013 finally has an origin theory, according to NASA.

  • Interstellar: Voyager 2 goes where only one has gone before

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 14th, 2018

    NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has become the second probe to enter interstellar space, as confirmed by data returned by several of the science instruments on board the spacecraft.

  • Cosmic ray detection could mean Voyager 2 is close to interstellar space

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 6th, 2018

    Now almost 11 billion miles (17.7 billion km) from Earth, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has detected an increasing amount of cosmic rays that originate beyond our solar system, leading some scientists to believe the probe is on the verge of entering interstellar space.

  • Uranus’s clouds composed of foul-smelling hydrogen sulfide

    Laurel KornfeldApril 26th, 2018

    Uranus's cloud tops are composed of hydrogen sulfide, a gas that smells like rotten eggs, according to a study led by Glenn Orton of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

  • Uranus may have two tiny undiscovered moons

    Jim SharkeyOctober 26th, 2016

    Launched in 1977, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft is still yielding new discoveries. Scientists using data collected by the spacecraft when it flew by Uranus 30 years ago have found evidence that there may be two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets orbiting near two of the planet's rings.

  • New Horizons crosses paths with Neptune on way to Pluto

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 26th, 2014

    In an unusual coincidence, NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons probe, now an estimated 2.75 billion miles from Earth, crossed the orbit of the ice giant Neptune on August 25, 2014 – 25 years to the day that the Voyager 2 spacecraft conducted its closest flyby of the Neptune system. The space agency responsible for both of these iconic […]

  • Cassini spies the ice-giant planet Uranus

    NASAMay 9th, 2014

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn’s rings.