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Space Missions

A Lunar Odyssey: "Odie" Lander Touches Down on the Moon

Odysseus has become the first mission of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services program to soft-land on the Moon.

Intuitive Machines launch photo

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The Nova-C Lander Launches for the Moon

The second Commercial Lunar Payload Services mission of 2024 IM-1 Nova-C heads Moonward.

Detailed image shows volcanoes on Io's surface

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NASA's Juno Mission Makes Closest Flyby Past Io

Juno has revealed Jupiter's volcanic moon Io as never before.

SLIM

Space Missions

Japan's Lunar Lander Wakes Up, Phones Home

The Japanese space agency has reestablished contact with its SLIM lunar lander prior to sunset, enabling mission science to continue.

Ginny

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NASA Ends Mars Ingenuity Helicopter Mission

NASA’s ground-breaking Ingenuity helicopter, part of the Perseverance mission, comes to a rest on the Red Planet.

SLIM landing (art)

Space Missions

Japan's "Sniper" Mission Pinpoints Landing on the Moon — Then Shuts Down

In a first for Japan, the SLIM mission stuck a pinpoint landing on the Moon. How long the mission lasts depends on whether the solar cells begin charging.

Launch

Space Missions

China Launches Einstein X-ray Observatory

China’s Einstein Probe, an X-ray astronomy mission, heads to orbit.

Peregrine Mission On

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Peregrine Mission Launches Successfully, But Misses the Moon

The first launch of the United Launch Alliance Vulcan-Centaur rocket attempted to send Peregrine Mission One moonward, but a propulsion problem has likely stymied that goal.

Europa Clipper

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Top Space Missions to Watch for in 2024

Humans' return to cis-lunar space and a flagship spacecraft to Europa are among the missions to come in 2024.

XPoSat

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First Launch of 2024: India Flies New X-Ray Satellite

ISROs XPoSat will unlock the secrets of the X-ray universe.

NEOWise

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As an Asteroid-Hunting Mission Approaches Its End, What's Next?

The pioneering NEOWISE observatory celebrates a milestone, even as the end of the mission draws near.

Ryugu

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Samples of Asteroid Ryugu Show Signs of Ancient Water

The distribution of elements seen in the samples of Ryugu brought back by Hayabusa 2 hints at a wet past.

Theia Impact

Solar System

Bits of Theia Might Be in Earth's Mantle

A "smoking gun" for the ancient calamity that formed Earth’s large Moon may still exist deep in the mantle of our planet.

Sample

Solar System

First Look at Material from Asteroid Bennu on the Ground

The Osiris-REX sample collection team reveals the first look at material collected from the asteroid Bennu.

Bennu sample return capsule on the ground in the desert, red-white parachute behind

Space Missions

Osiris-REX Capsule Returns Samples of Asteroid Bennu to Earth

Samples taken from the asteroid Bennu are now safely on Earth.

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Space Missions

X-ray, Moon Missions Launch from Japan

In an ambitious mission pairing, Japan launched a next-generation X-ray observatory and an innovative lunar lander.

Aditya L1

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India Launches Aditya L1 Solar Observatory

India’s first dedicated solar science mission Aditya L1 heads spaceward.

Chandrayaan 3

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India’s Chandrayaan 3 Lands on the Moon; Russia's Luna 25 Crashes

In a first, India’s Chandrayaan 3 soft-lands in the lunar south pole region of the Moon.

Space Missions

Russia Heads for the Moon for the First Time Since 1976

The launch of Russia’s Luna 25 lander heralds the nation’s return to lunar and planetary exploration.

Chandrayaan 3

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India's Chandrayaan 3 Reaches for the Moon (Updates with Video)

India is headed back to the Moon with its ambitious new Chandrayaan 3 mission.

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