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Map of Yutu 2 rover's path

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Chang’e 4 Celebrates a Year on the Farside of the Moon

China’s Chang’e 4 mission has sent back fascinating insights and images in the year since its historic landing on the lunar farside.

ExoMars

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Space Missions to Watch in 2020

Earth invades Mars and beyond with space missions in 2020

CHEOPS satellite

Spacecraft and Space Missions

European Mission Launches to Examine Alien Worlds

The European Cheops mission launched Wednesday on a mission to improve our understanding of hundreds of known exoplanets.

Osiris-rex

Solar System

NASA Announces Site of Sample Selection for Osiris-REX

NASA has picked the "Nightingale" site, located within a small crater on the asteroid Bennu, for its Osiris-REX mission to sample next year.

bennu activity

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Asteroid Bennu’s Activity Still a Mystery

The near-Earth asteroid constantly shoots out rocks, leaving planetary scientists perplexed.

Parker Solar Probe

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

First Science Returns from NASA's Parker Solar Probe

In the first public release of data from NASA’s flagship heliophysics mission, scientists on the Parker Solar Probe team reveal surprises and mysteries from our host star.

Hayabusa 2

Solar System

Hayabusa 2 Leaves Asteroid Ryugu and Heads Home

The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has completed its mission at asteroid Ryugu — including collecting samples — and is now journeying back to Earth.

SpaceX Starlink

Spacecraft and Space Missions

SpaceX Launches Latest Batch of Starlink Satellites

A second set of 60 Starlink satellites take to space, amid promise and controversy.

Illustration showing position of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Interstellar Space: The View from Voyager 2

Voyager 2 crossed into interstellar space a year ago. Now, five teams of astronomers have analyzed the data it returned to paint a picture of the outer boundary of the solar system.

VIPER

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA Announces VIPER Lunar Rover

A new NASA rover named VIPER may soon investigate the shadowed poles of the Moon, in preparation for the return of human explorers.

Large Magellanic Cloud in X-rays

Professional Telescopes

First Light for German X-ray Telescope EROSITA

The EROSITA X-ray telescope aboard the German-Russian Spektr-RG satellite has taken its first images of the hot universe.

NASA ICON

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

NASA Launches ICON to Explore Earth's Ionosphere

NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) launched successfully today to explore the boundary between Earth and space.

Mars Mole

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Work to Save NASA's "Mole" on Mars Continues

NASA engineers hope to use the scoop at the end of the lander's robotic arm to get the Insight lander's heat probe burrowing once again.

Capstone

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

CubeSat to Blaze a Trail for Lunar Gateway

NASA's proposed Capstone mission could enter lunar orbit in late 2020.

Vikram

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

India's Chandrayaan 2 Loses Contact with Vikram Lunar Lander

India's attempt to land softly on the Moon has failed — the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter has lost contact with the Vikram lander.

Solar System

NASA Selects Final Four Asteroid Landing Sites for Osiris-REX

The Osiris-REX spacecraft will sample one of four sites on the asteroid Bennu in July 2020.

Yutu 2 makes tracks

Solar System

New Images from China's Chang'e 4 as Eighth Lunar Day Ends

China’s Chang’e 4 mission is continuing its science and exploration work on the farside of the Moon, having completed its eighth lunar day of activities on Wednesday.

Exoplanets

TESS's First Year of Science

NASA’s latest exoplanet hunter has found more than two dozen new worlds, at least one of which might be habitable.

lander and rover

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

India Heads to the Moon With Chandrayaan 2

India enters the 21st-century race to the Moon with its Chandrayaan 2 mission.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Apollo's 50th: A Look Back and a Look Forward

On the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we take a look back at the history of the first landing and forward, toward NASA's Gateway and beyond.

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