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An illustration of NASA's Dragonfly mission. The drone-like helicopter robot is bound for Saturn's moon Titan, which the space agency thinks may harbor signs of past alien life.

NASA’s next $1 billion space mission will be an alien-hunting nuclear helicopter that flies around Saturn’s icy moon Titan

Dragonfly will use plutonium-238 — a radioactive substance made during the Cold War — to power flights around a gassy, icy, and maybe habitable world.

Scientists just found a dozen new moons around Jupiter — including one they’re calling an ‘oddball’

The researchers that discovered Jupiter's moons were searching for a hypothetical massive planet that might exist at the far fringes of our solar system, often referred to as Planet Nine or Planet X.
Saturn's moon Enceladus sprays saltwater into space from a hidden ocean. NASA's Cassini probe in 2015 "tasted" organic molecules in the water while flying through the icy plume.

NASA ‘tasted’ complex organic compounds in a blast of water from one of Saturn’s moons — and can’t yet rule out the poss...

Enceladus, an ice-encrusted moon of Saturn, hides an ocean of saltwater that blasts ice into space. NASA flew its Cassini spacecraft through the ice geysers in 2015, and scientists detected complex organic molecules. Though not proof of alien life, it's a good sign for the habitability of Enceladus.
The Death Star II explodes into smithereens.

Scientists say the Ewoks in ‘Star Wars’ should have suffered a gruesome fate when the Death Star exploded

The Death Star meets its final doom in "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi," the epic conclusion to the original trilogy. But what happens to the Ewoks?
A photograph of Enceladus, an icy moon of Saturn, taken by NASA's Cassini probe.

Saturn’s moon Enceladus hides an ocean — and alien life may have had billions of years to brew there

Deep beneath the icy crust of Saturn's moon Enceladus, our best chance of discovering extraterrestrial microbes is heating up.
Jupiter's icy moon Europa as seen via images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.

NASA finally has the map it needs to explore Europa for signs of alien life

Scientists spent 15 years making the first geologic map of Europa. The map will help NASA pick places to explore on the icy, ocean-hiding moon of Jupiter.

Planets and moons are now part of Google Maps — here are 6 incredible worlds you must explore

Far-out destinations like moons, planets, and the International Space Station can now be summoned in web browsers via a feature of Google Maps called "Planets."

Saturn ruled this scientist’s life for 40 years — here’s why she needs NASA to go back after Cassini’s death

"As Cassini ends, part of me is saying, 'I need to go back,'" Linda Spilker says.

NASA picked the 100 greatest images of Saturn from its Cassini mission — here are some of the best

After 13 years of orbiting Saturn and its moons, NASA's Cassini probe is gone. But the images it left behind are truly astounding.

Astronauts may wear eight-legged ‘spider’ spacesuits to crawl across the moons of Mars

The devices, called "spider flyer-walker" suits, would have eight arms and allow astronauts to hop, crawl, or walk.