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Spacecraft and Space Missions

Russian Space Observatory Launches

Russia's Mikhailo Lomonosov observatory takes to the skies on the hunt for gamma-ray bursts, cosmic rays, and near-Earth asteroids.

Hitomi in space

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Recovery Attempts End for Hitomi X-ray Satellite

The Japanese space agency JAXA has released a timeline covering the Hitomi space observatory's failure last month. Salvage efforts continue but recovery appears unlikely.

A U.S. Navy officer uses a sextant at sea.

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Navy Resumes Celestial Navigation Course

Modern security threats have brought back an old method — celestial navigation — to help U.S. Navy sailors navigate the high seas.

Astro-H/Hitomi

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Malfunction Cripples Hitomi X-ray Observatory

Ground controllers are scrambling to recover the Hitomi satellite from a mysterious 'debris anomaly' over the past weekend.

ExoMars at the Red Planet

Spacecraft and Space Missions

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Heads to Space

The launch of ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander heralds a new phase of Mars exploration.

The alignment of CANYVAL-X

Spacecraft and Space Missions

CANYVAL-X: Two CubeSats, One Telescope

An innovative CubeSat mission, slated to take to space this year, will demonstrate the feasibility of free-flying satellites.

WFIRST in space.

Professional Telescopes

WFIRST: Next Decade's Space Telescope

NASA is commencing work on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), the successor to the Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescopes.

Astro-H Launch

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New X-ray Observatory Takes to the Skies

Japan’s newest X-ray satellite, Hitomi (formerly Astro-H), promises to reveal the hot and hidden universe.

Assembling JWST primary mirror

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Mirror Assembled for Hubble's Successor

NASA has assembled the primary mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope, a big step on the way to the telescope’s October 2018 launch.

Proxima Centauri

Exoplanets

Hunting for Planets Around Proxima Centauri

The Pale Red Dot Initiative has begun the search in earnest for exoplanets orbiting the nearest star to Earth besides the Sun.

Booster Impact Site

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Smack! Booster Impact Site Found on Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has finally spotted the impact of the Apollo 16 booster, more than 43 years after it happened.

SLS/Orion (artist's conception)

Science and Space Policy

NASA's Budget Gets a Boost

An unexpected omnibus spending package for fiscal year 2016 raises NASA's funding.

DAMPE Launch

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China Launches Dark Matter Probe

China's recently launched Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) takes the hunt for elusive dark matter to space.

Akatsuki spacecraft

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Japan’s Akatsuki Reaches Venus . . . At Last

Engineers executed an innovative contingency plan to save the Akatsuki spacecraft and place it in orbit around our sister planet.

LISA Pathfinder launch

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LISA Pathfinder Heads to Space

An exciting new mission takes the hunt for gravitational waves into space.

MCAT

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Unique Scope Searches for Space Junk

NASA's new remote observatory located on a windswept island in the mid-Atlantic provides a critical capability for tracking space junk.

WT1190F

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Mystery Object to Reenter Earth's Atmosphere

WT1190F will burn up over the Indian Ocean on November 13th, giving researchers an unprecedented opportunity to follow its path — and figure out where it came from.

Earth on October 19, 2015

Professional Telescopes

DSCOVRing Earth

An innovative Earth-observing satellite now shows near-daily views of our home planet online.

Astrosat Launch

Spacecraft and Space Missions

India Launches First Astronomy Satellite

AstroSat launched into orbit on September 28, 2015, and will soon start returning visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray images of the universe.

Apollo 12 witnesses solar eclipse

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Views of Sunday’s Solar Eclipse from Space

Some of the most stunning views of Sunday's partial solar eclipse didn't come from Earth.

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