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Scientists argue that Deimos’ tilted orbit owes to a Martian ring that disintegrated billions of years ago.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

NASA will soon see if specially designed blades spinning really fast can carry a small chopper through the planet’s barely there atmosphere.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Bacteria and yeast can survive under hydrogen in the lab, which may mean more planets could support extraterrestrial life.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Bright yellow star in background as small ringed planet passes in front.

Puzzling planets with the apparent density of cotton candy probably have rings, according to a new study.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

The space agency’s InSight lander has detected hundreds of marsquakes since arriving on the red planet about 15 months ago.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Enjoy ginormous candy canes, stellar glitter, and visiting (interstellar) neighbors this month.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

The SETI Institute leads the hunt for extraterrestrials, which has entered a new phase with myriad planets to focus on.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Researchers find plausible, alien-free explanation for observations of star KIC 8462852.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Several exoplanets were found before the 1995 discovery that netted Mayor and Didier this year’s physics Nobel. Why weren’t the others honored?

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

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