The frozen crust of Enceladus, Saturn's sixth largest moon, may be hiding subsurface water and maybe even life. But scientists will first have to bore through the tundra to see what lies beneath and they may rely on the IceMole to do the digging.
The European Space Agency' Mars Express spacecraft has discovered "large volumes of water ice" hiding only 65 feet underground the red planet's surface, in the Phlegra Montes mountain range. I could be used by future human explorers.
Sitting dead in Earth's orbit thanks to a premature engine shutoff, Russia's Mars-digging probe has been giving ground controllers the cold shoulder for 14 days. An ESA tracking station in Australia has now, finally, managed to make contact.
Will GPS be a thing of the past? The European Commission sure hopes so, as it's aiming to surplant it with its version, Galileo. The first two operational satellites will be blasting into orbit on top of a Soyuz rocket on Thursday.