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Psyche Mission

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Space Missions to Watch in 2023

A tour of Jupiter’s moons and a mission to a "metal asteroid" are among the spacecraft to be launched in 2023.

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA's Mars Insight Reaches End of Mission

NASA's groundbreaking Insight lander on Mars has fallen silent.

Hakuto-R launch

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Trio of Spacecraft Launch for the Moon

NASA’s Lunar Flashlight, iSpace’s Hakuto R from Japan, and the United Arab Emirates' Rashid rover are all headed to the Moon after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket.

grey moon landscape with an astronaut walking

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Apollo 17 in Pictures: “God Willing, as We Shall Return”

On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17, we look back at iconic photos as well as rarely seen images from the mission.

Artemis 1

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Status Update: Artemis 1's CubeSat Missions

Some of the small missions deployed from Artemis 1 will go on to do great things, while others remain silent.

SLS Launch

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Lift-off! NASA Launches Artemis 1 Mission to the Moon

NASA’s next-generation Moon rocket has left the launchpad on the first flight of the Artemis program.

Impact

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA Lander and Orbiter See (and Feel) New Mars Impacts

NASA's Mars Insight lander and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have witnessed two fresh new planet-probing impacts.

Lucy

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Lucy Mission Will Zoom By Earth This Weekend

With a little luck, observers in Australia and western North America may spy the Lucy spacecraft as it flies by Earth on October 16th.

nearby view of ejecta streaming out from asteroid

Spacecraft and Space Missions

DART Asteroid Redirect Test Wildly Successful

They needed to shorten the moon’s orbit by 73 seconds. They shortened it by more than half an hour.

ASO-S launch with sunset in background

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Chinese Observatory Will Study Violent Events on the Sun

China has sent up the ASO-S space observatory to study solar flares, eruptions, and the Sun’s magnetic field.

Europa

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Juno's Close View of Jupiter's Europa (New Photos!)

Juno will pass over the surface of Europa this week in our closest view since the Galileo mission, aiding future exploration efforts.

Dimorphos' rocky surface

Solar System

NASA's DART Mission Successfully Impacts Asteroid

NASA's DART mission will impact the asteroidal moon Didymos on Monday. Here's how to watch and what we'll learn.

Tarantula Nebula in infrared looks more like a cavity surrounded by spider silk

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Webb Captures an Exoplanet, a Brown Dwarf — and a Giant Tarantula

New Webb images reveal the space telescope's first exoplanet, first brown dwarf, and a stellar nursery teeming with activity.

Launch KPLO

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Korea's Lunar Orbiter Heads for the Moon

South Korea's lunar orbiter has launched successfully for the Moon, joining a growing number of missions there.

A diamond-shaped grey asteroid with ridges, holes, and craters in it, against a black background

Solar System

Asteroid Bennu Almost Swallowed Spacecraft Whole

Scientists knew the asteroid Bennu was likely a rubble pile rather than solid rock, but OSIRIS-REX's recent visit surprised them in showing just how loosely the asteroid really is.

Capstone spacecraft in orbit around Moon (art)

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Successful Launch of Capstone, the Lunar Gateway Pathfinder

Capstone, a small pathfinder spacecraft with a big mission, launched today to pave the way for crewed return to the Moon.

Gaia visualization of Milky Way

Spacecraft and Space Missions

The Gaia Revolution: New Data and Strange Stars

Astronomers will use the newest data release from the Gaia mission to explore stellar tsunamis, Milky Way history, and more.

An arm to the sun

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Newest Starlink Satellites Have Gotten Brighter Again

Changes to the design of Starlink satellite spacecraft have made them brighter again, though still dimmer than the original design.

Mars InSight

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NASA's Insight Lander Detects Monster Marsquake

NASA’s Mars Insight lander witnessed the largest quake detected on another world at just the right time — as the lander begins to run low on power.

Osiris-APEX

Spacecraft and Space Missions

New Target for Asteroid Probe: “Potentially Hazardous” Apophis

Once the primary mission of NASA's OSIRIS-REx is complete, the spacecraft will head toward a new destination: near-Earth asteroid Apophis.

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