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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

MASCOT landing on Ryugu a success

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2018 • 4

For 17 hours on 3 October, the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) lander sent data to the waiting Hayabusa2 orbiter from multiple locations on Ryugu.

How to design an effective scientific poster

Paul Byrne • October 05, 2018

In short, a poster should be as close to an infographic as possible.

The NASA programs most impacted by the budget delay

Casey Dreier • October 03, 2018 • 2

Fiscal year 2019 is here, but NASA doesn't have a new budget. Which programs could suffer the most as a consequence?

NASA Then & Now

Bruce Betts • October 02, 2018 • 2

A collection of before and after slider images showing how views of planets in our solar system have changed over the years since NASA was created.

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is getting a signal boost

Jason Davis • October 02, 2018 • 4

It's all thanks to renewed interest from NASA and a private effort to scan the skies using an array of 64 radio telescopes.

Japan's asteroid hoppers deliver new batch of incredible images

Jason Davis • September 27, 2018 • 4

Pics of Ryugu's surface show loose piles of gravel strewn with larger rocks and boulders.

Asteroids have been hitting the Earth for billions of years. In 2022, we hit back.

Andrew Rivkin • September 27, 2018 • 3

DART is a test of the kinetic impactor technique, a potential method to deflect an asteroid on course to impact the Earth.

How LightSail and a NASA study helped pave the way for Mars-bound CubeSats

Jason Davis • September 26, 2018 • 1

Two NASA CubeSats are approaching Mars — an impressive accomplishment for a concept many people regarded with derision just 15 years ago.

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully drops rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • September 22, 2018 • 3

The two small spacecraft are the size and shape of cheese wheels, and can autonomously hop around the surface.

The day I caught rocket fever

MaryLiz Bender • September 20, 2018 • 3

On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.

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