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Feature: Exoplanets

2 March 2020

Your Guide to Exoplanets

Learn why and how we study exoplanets, and how you can get involved.

2 March 2020

Our Exoplanets Research

Scientists are searching for 100 Earth-like planets around other stars, and you can help.

Swapna Krishna ● 12 March 2020

What is the Habitable Zone?

The habitable zone is the not-too-hot, not-too-cold region around a star where liquid water can exist.

Emily Lakdawalla ● 2 March 2020

The Different Kinds of Exoplanets
You Meet in the Milky Way

Lava worlds. Hot Jupiters. Earth 2.0 candidates. Here's a rundown of some notable exoplanets.

Emily Lakdawalla & Staff ● 2 March 2020

How to Search for Exoplanets

Some methods almost sound like science fiction: Using gravity as a magnifying glass, watching stars wobble at turtle-like speeds, and searching for tiny dips in starlight.

2 March 2020

Your guide to WFIRST

WFIRST, NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, is the next step in our hunt for Earth-sized exoplanets.

Blogs & Articles

Phoenix update: Not dead yet; still in "Lazarus mode;" one attempt at microphone use did not work

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2008

Phoenix update: Not dead yet; still in "Lazarus mode;" one attempt at microphone use did not work

More on "backwards" space images

Emily Lakdawalla • November 03, 2008

More on "backwards" space images

Carnival of Space #76

Emily Lakdawalla • November 03, 2008

Carnival of Space #76

The Antarctic search for meteorites: who's going, and where we are going

ANSMET team • November 01, 2008

A summary of the 2008-2009 expedition team, and where they will go to hunt meteorites.

On its way to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1 photographs Earth, but flips the photo

Emily Lakdawalla • November 01, 2008

On its way to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1 photographs Earth, but flips the photo

A brief Phoenix update

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2008

A brief Phoenix update

Opportunity and Spirit updates: Both are now driving

Emily Lakdawalla • October 31, 2008

Another day, another drive: on sols 1,693 and 1,695 the Opportunity rover conducted two more lengthy drives to the south, totaling almost 200 meters. On the other side of the planet, Spirit is FINALLY in motion again.

Dawn Journal: A Pause in Thrusting

Marc Rayman • October 31, 2008

The Dawn spacecraft continues on course and on schedule for its bold campaign to unexplored worlds.

Early science results from MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 30, 2008

Early science results from MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby

MESSENGER's Second Mercury Flyby: Ancient Geology, Active Atmosphere

Emily Lakdawalla • October 30, 2008

When MESSENGER flew past Mercury for a second time on October 6, 2008, its cameras snapped photos of an impressive 30 percent of the planet's surface that had never previously been seen by spacecraft.

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