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Juno Insight

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA Extends Juno, InSight Missions

NASA has granted two key planetary missions extensions, so InSight and Juno will continue to return data from Mars and Jupiter, respectively, for years to come.

Artemis-1

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Space Missions to Watch in 2021

The coming year will feature three space missions arriving at Mars, the launch of SLS and James Webb, and much more.

Chang'e 5

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Chang'e 5's Lunar Sample Arrives on Earth

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample-return capsule has arrived safely on Earth.

Hayabusa 2

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Hayabusa 2 Returns Sample of Asteroid Ryugu to Earth

The predawn operation to recover the Hayabusa 2 sample-return capsule in the Australian Outback was a success.

Chang'e 5 panorama

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

China's Chang'e 5 Collects Samples, Departs from the Moon

China's Chang’e-5 ascent vehicle has departed Oceanus Procellarum with pieces of lunar soil after a lightning-quick sample collection.

Chang'e 5 (art)

Spacecraft and Space Missions

China Lands Ambitious Sample-Return Mission on the Moon

The aim of China's Chang'e 5 mission is to return samples of lunar soil to Earth by the end of 2020.

Surveyor 2

Celestial News & Events

Earth's New "Minimoon" May be a 1960s-Era Rocket Booster

An object set to pass near Earth next month may in fact be a relic of the early Space Age.

Crew One

Spacecraft and Space Missions

SpaceX Launches Four Astronauts to the International Space Station

A crew of four is headed to the International Space Station, on Crew Dragon’s first operational launch, Crew One.

Arecibo

Professional Telescopes

Another Cable Snaps at the Arecibo Observatory

Engineers are looking at stabilizing the dish, as the Arecibo Observatory has suffered a second cable failure.

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA's Osiris-REX Has Stowed Its Bite Out of Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s Osiris-REX successfully stowed its sample of Bennu's regolith, collected earlier this week. Images show a good haul.

TAG Osiris-REX

Solar System

Osiris-REX "TAGs" Bennu, Returns Stunning Views

See images and video from NASA’s Osiris-REX spacecraft as it samples the Nightingale site.

OSIRIS-Rex

Solar System

Osiris-REX Successfully Collected Sample from Asteroid Bennu

NASA's Osiris-REX mission has successfully touched down on the asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of its surface for return to Earth.

Space Debris

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Distant Space Debris a Threat to Satellites

New observations show we're not tracking a majority of debris in higher orbits.

Astrobotics

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Two Lunar Lander Missions for 2021

Two commercial landers are set to head to the Moon next year.

2020 QU6

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Amateur Astronomer Finds Kilometer-size Asteroid

A grant from the Planetary Society enabled an amateur astronomer's discovery of kilometer-size asteroid 2020 QU6.

Lick Observatory

Professional Telescopes

Historic Lick Observatory Survives California Fire

The Lick Observatory, a major astronomical institution outside San Jose, has survived a devastating California wildfire mostly unscathed.

OGO 1

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Half-ton OGO 1 Spacecraft Set to Reenter

NASA's Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 1, a bus-sized relic of the early Space Age, is set to reenter in the coming week.

Professional Telescopes

Iconic Arecibo Radio Dish Damaged

A broken support cable at the Arecibo radio observatory brings operations to a halt.

Earth vs Hayabusa 2

Solar System

Potential New Targets for Japan's Hayabusa 2 Mission

The Hayabusa 2 team has laid out a proposal for an extended mission to one of two asteroids after the spacecraft's sample return this December.

Perseverance launch

Solar System

NASA Launches Perseverance Rover for Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover heads to the Red Planet.

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