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Europa

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Juno's Close View of Jupiter's Europa (Updated)

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

Exoplanets

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

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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

Stellar Science

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

Solar System

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

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

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.

Hickson Compact Group 40

Galaxies

Happy Birthday, Hubble!

The Hubble Space Telescope turns 32 on April 24th, and the team behind the telescope is marking the occasion with the release of a galactic family picture.

Delayed in lunar orbit

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Apollo 16 in Pictures: “The Most Dazzling Place”

We celebrate Apollo 16 with a look back at photos from the mission that took two astronauts to the lunar surface for three days of exploration.

OneWeb Launch

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Russia-Ukraine War: Impacts on Space (Updates)

Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has far-reaching consequences for spaceflight and the international space community.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Mission Update: Mars and the Moon

Mission teams presenting at this week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference provided updates on the Perseverance and Zhurong rovers at Mars, Chang'e 5's lunar sample return, and more.

Apollo 17 sample

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

How Apollo 17 Is Preparing Artemis for a Return to the Moon

Researchers gear up for Artemis and a new generation of lunar exploration, with a look at samples from the final crewed mission to the Moon.

Lunar impact site on the Moon's farside

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Booster Set to Hit the Moon Turns Out to be Chinese Rocket (Updates)

The booster previously identified as SpaceX hardware turns out to be from the Chang’e 5-T1 mission. The timing and site of the impact remain the same.

Starlink

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Space Storm Knocks Out Latest Batch of Starlink Satellites

A minor space storm took down much of the latest Starlink batch shortly after launch.

Lunar impact site on the Moon's farside

Spacecraft and Space Missions

SpaceX Rocket Booster to Hit the Moon on March 4th

A discarded Falcon 9 upper stage rocket booster will impact Hertzsprung Crater on the lunar farside on March 4th.

JWST

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

The James Webb Space Telescope Has Arrived at Its Destination

Fully deployed, the James Webb Space Telescope arrived at its new home today, in a halo orbit around the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrange point.

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Interstellar Probe Proposed to Explore the Solar Neighborhood

A unique mission concept known as Interstellar Probe would venture beyond the solar system and probe our neighborhood environment.

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