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Dawn images Ceres from new, low orbit

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NASA's Dawn Probe Reaches Its Low, Final Orbit

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered a new and final orbit that will take it less than 30 miles above the surface of asteroid Ceres.


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Apollo Astronauts Warmed the Moon

A new study sheds light on an old mystery surrounding anomalous readings from the Apollo landing sites.

Drill Duluth

Solar System

Curiosity Rover is Drilling Again

An innovative technique has allowed NASA's Curiosity Rover to resume drilling Martian rocks. But the partially successful test shows that more work remains to be done.

Moon farside

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Radio Experiment Launches With China's Moon Orbiter

A Dutch radio astronomy experiment hitched a ride today with China's relay satellite for the upcoming Chang'e 4 mission.


Celestial News & Events

Antares Launch to Light Up Sunday Morning Sky

The Cygnus OA-9 mission launching from Wallops Island early Sunday morning could put on quite a show along the East Coast.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Helicopter to Hitch a Ride with Mars 2020 Rover

A small helicopter will be the first mission to fly through the skies of Mars.

Mars Cube One

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Mars-bound CubeSats Launch With NASA's InSight

The Mars Cube One mission — the first to send CubeSats into interplanetary space — will test revolutionary relay technologies as it accompanies Mars Insight to the Red Planet.


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Pluto's Moon Charon Receives Formal Names

The International Astronomical Union has approved names for features on Pluto's largest moon, Charon.

ARIEL Mission


ARIEL: Next-Decade Exoplanet Mission Selected

The European Space Agency's ARIEL mission will seek to analyze the atmospheric composition and true nature of distant worlds.

Radar Tiangong

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Tiangong 1's Remote Reentry

China's first space station reentered Earth's atmosphere over the South Pacific after almost seven years in space.

Andoya Launch

Solar System

Rocket Barrage to Study Northern Lights

A series of 11 sounding rocket flights from two remote locations in the Arctic circle will help unlock the secrets of the processes behind the Northern Lights.


Science and Space Policy

NASA Budget Proposal Cancels WFIRST

The recent budget proposal for NASA dealt a blow to the astronomical community, putting several key missions — including WFIRST, a successor to Hubble — under the financial axe.


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Explorer 1: NASA Marks 60 Years in Space

60 year ago today, a small satellite ushered in the U.S. space program in a big way.


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NASA Unveils New Power Source for Space Exploration

The Kilopower fission reactor will offer a more efficient and more powerful portable power source for solar system exploration.


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Looking Ahead: Space Missions for 2018

The next year will see space missions headed for Mars, Mercury, the Sun, and more. Asteroid rendezvous, exoplanet discoveries, and a Mars landing await.


Spacecraft and Space Missions

Two Finalists for NASA's New Frontiers

NASA has selected two finalists for consideration as the next New Frontiers mission: a comet sample return and a flying drone for Titan.

Voyager 1

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Voyager 1 Fires Dormant Thrusters

NASA engineers directed the historic spacecraft Voyager 1 to fire its backup thrusters for the first time in 37 years.

MMX mission

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NASA Joins Japanese Mission to Martian Moons

NASA is developing a key instrument for a mission to the Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos.

aspire wallops

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NASA Completes Parachute Test for Mars 2020 Rover

A suborbital launch from Wallops Flight Facility tested a critical piece of landing hardware for the Mars 2020 rover.


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China's Tiangong 1 Space Station to Burn Up

Early next year, an international team will track the uncontrolled atmospheric reentry of Tiangong 1, China's first prototype space station.