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Space Missions

Short-lived Experiment Marks Start of Radio Astronomy from the Moon

Despite a mission glitch, NASA’s lunar radio experiment ROLSES (carried to the Moon on the Odyssesus lander in February) obtained a unique "view" of Earth.

Hubble

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Hubble to Transition to New Observing Mode, Will Continue Science

NASA engineers are working to extend operations for the venerable space telescope. Observations are expected to continue by mid-June.

Landing

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Whirlwind Chang’e 6 Mission Collects Lunar Samples, Heads Back Home

China Chang’e 6 mission has landed on the Moon and is now set to perform another first: a sample return from the lunar farside.

Voyager

Space Missions

Voyager 1 (and Half Its Instruments) Are Back Online

Voyager 1 is once again returning data from two of four science instruments onboard.

Lead

Space Missions

China's Chang'e 6 Mission Heads to the Moon

China’s ambitious Chang’e 6 mission will attempt to return a sample from the lunar farside.

Perseverance selfie at Rochette rock on crater floor

Space Missions

NASA Struggles to Find Way Forward for Mars Sample Return

NASA's Perseverance mission has been collecting samples for later retrieval and return to Earth. Now, it's unclear how we'll get those samples home.

Space Missions

An Early End for the Chandra X-Ray Observatory?

NASA budget constraints could wind down operations of the iconic Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

IM-1

Space Missions

Odysseus Lander Is on the Moon

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

SLIM

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Japan's Lunar Lander Wakes Up (Again!)

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)

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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.

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.

Dinkinesh and its contact-binary moon

Solar System

Lucy Mission Flies By Asteroid Dinkinesh, Finds Binary Moon (Updated)

The Lucy mission's flyby of the main-belt asteroid Dinkinesh resulted in a surprise — yet another asteroid moon!

Horsehead Nebula

Space Missions

New Cosmology Probe Presents First, Stunning Images

The Horsehead Nebula and other stunning scenes highlight the talents of the just-launched Euclid mission. The telescope will reach into the depths of the cosmos to understand dark matter and dark energy.

Psyche launch

Space Missions

Psyche Mission Is on the Way to Psyche, the Asteroid

The Psyche mission launched today, on its way to rendezvous with the asteroid of the same name in 2029.

Solar System

Psyche Asteroid Mission Set for Launch October 5th

NASA’s newest mission is bound for the metallic asteroid of the same name. The metal-rich rock offers us a view of asteroid interiors.

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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