Rover Pictures Show Mars Crater “Like Mojave Desert” Images from the Mars Curiosity rover show a crater looking like the Mojave Desert, according to a NASA scientist. The rover’s cameras also reveal indentations on the pebbly surface, likely created by the spacecraft’s landing thruster jets.
Planet hunting is by far the hottest area of astronomy these days, and just about everyone who’s in on the search is looking for the same thing: a distant world where life could exist, at least in theory.
Thirty-two planets have been discovered outside Earth’s solar system through the use of a high-precision instrument installed at a Chilean telescope, an international team announced Monday. The existence of the so-called exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — was announced at the European Southern Observatory/Center for Astrophysics, University of Porto conference in Porto, Portugal, according to a statement issued by the observatory