Atlas V rocket

Arrokoth, the most distant world ever explored

The first object in the Kuiper belt visited by New Horizons after leaving Pluto was provisionally named Ultima Thule and has recently been renamed Arrokoth.


Otherworldly seas

One of the current hotspots in astrobiology is the search for water in exoplanets. We all seem to share the idea that water is essential for the existence of life, and even the assumption that water and life are almost synonymous.

Solar orbiter

Journey to the Sun’s inferno

The ESA Solar Orbiter will be launched into space in 2020 and it will get very close to our star.

Sistema Solar

The Solar System highway

The Solar System has its own road network, the Interplanetary Transport Network (ITN), a ser of trajectories related to the Lagrange points.


Titan’s organic chemistry

Titan’s atmosphere hosts a complex organic chemistry in the solar system starting with nitrogen and methane and leading to the formation of hydrocarbons and nitriles, including prebiotic molecules.


Looking for the origin of life in cosmochemistry

Carbonaceous chondrite meteorites are carbon-containing fragments of primitive asteroids that have offered the only samples available to date giving insights into chemical evolution in laboratory analyses. Their study has revealed that abundant organic chemistry came to be in the Solar System ahead of terrestrial life and, by the input of these meteorites and comets, might have aided in the origin of our planet’s biochemistry.