Check out the Most MYSTERIOUS Recent Discoveries By NASA! From strange unexplained planets found in space to possible life on mars, this top 10 list of unsolved mysteries has some of the coolest things discovered by NASA in recent years!
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9. Water on Mars
Many books, TV shows, and movies have fantasized about colonizing the planet Mars. The only problem is that Mars is not a place that can sustain life in its current state, and just as bad, it does not have any water…or so we thought. In 2018, scans from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter discovered that formations on the planet were actually caused by water that is still there right now.
8. Multiple “Earths”
In February 2017, NASA discovered that there might be 7 Earth-like planets orbiting a dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. In fact, all seven of these planets were found in the same galaxy, which is a very rare thing indeed.
7. Liquid on Titan
Saturn has 53 moons that have been named by scientists, and more could actually be named in the future. One of the most popular of these moons is the one known as Titan. It’s been the source of much research, and has even been home to an alien race in the Marvel Comics Universe. During a scan by the Cassini Space Probe of NASA, they found that in certain gorges and canyons of Titan, there are actually pools of liquid, specifically hydrocarbons.
6. Comet Soup
In 2005, NASA sent their Deep Impact spacecraft into a comet called Tempel 1. If you’re curious as to why they would destroy one of their craft by crashing it into a comet on purpose, it is because they wanted to analyze the content and particles that were released from the impact.
5. Saturn’s Rings
The Rings of Saturn are not only the most defining features of the planet, but also one of the most recognizable things in all of our solar system. Strangely enough NASA speculates that the rings are “dying”.
4. Jupiter’s Orbit
NASA has long tried to get a spacecraft into Jupiter’s orbit. But because of conditions in the planet’s atmosphere, it’s been a very difficult task. Not to mention, getting a craft near the planet in terms of its position in space is also hard. Yet, on July 4th, 2016, the Juno became the first spacecraft to make it into Jupiter’s orbit, which by NASA’s own admission was one of the hardest things they’ve ever done.
3. Supermassive Black Hole
The Hubble Space Telescope is one of NASA’s biggest tools in regards to searching deep space for new discoveries, and in February of 2016, the telescope took a picture of a galaxy and found a black hole of astonishing size.
2. Ice Volcanoes
On Earth, volcanoes spew fire, ash, soot, and smoke, but on the dwarf planet (a planet that never matured to full size) called Ceres, the volcanoes ice! This was discovered by NASA via their Dawn Spacecraft in 2015, which was observing Ceres (which orbits between Mars and Jupiter).
1. Reaching Ultima Thule
4 billion miles away from Earth, there is an object known as Ultima Thule. This “celestial body” is actually two round objects made of an unknown composition that are actually fused together. NASA has released the first up-close stereo images of this celestial body via the New Horizons spacecraft, making this the most distant object that a spacecraft from Earth has ever explored.
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