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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

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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.

Infographic: (Back) to the Moon

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Infographic: (Back) To the Moon

Takes a look at what we can expect to see in the next five years of Moon exploration with Sky & Telescope's infographic from the July 2019 issue.

EROSITA's seven mirror modules

Spacecraft and Space Missions

German-Russian Astronomy Satellite Launches

Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma, a long-delayed and much-modified X-ray astronomy package, launched successfully from the Kazakh Steppe on Saturday.

HP3 cropped

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

A Strategy to Get the Mars Insight Lander Back in the Drilling Business

Insight's robotic arm has uncovered the lander's "mole," as NASA and German aerospace engineers work to get it drilling once again.

Illustration of proposed Titan lander

Spacecraft and Space Missions

We’re Going to Titan! Dragonfly Drone Will Explore Saturn’s Biggest Moon

NASA has selected its next New Frontiers mission: Dragonfly, a rover-sized drone will begin ‘coptering around Titan in 2034.

Solar wind (art)

Solar System

Exploring the Solar System: Mission Updates

Space agencies have selected two solar missions and a “comet interceptor” for development and launch.

A star goes poof!

Spacecraft and Space Missions

7 Incredible Discoveries from Two Decades of X-rays

On the eve of the 20th anniversaries for both the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories, we celebrate with a look back at seven of their most incredible discoveries.

Snoopy

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Astronomers Might Have Found Apollo 10's "Snoopy" Module

A small near-Earth object might be a historic piece of space hardware: the Apollo 10 lunar module, dubbed "Snoopy."

NICER All-sky

Science and Space Policy

NICER Maps the X-ray Sky

NASA's NICER instrument aboard the International Space Station is giving us a unique view of much of the X-ray sky.

An arm to the sun

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Does Starlink Pose a Space Debris Threat? An Expert Answers

SpaceX's Starlink satellites have come under heavy criticism for their potential to clutter the sky. Here's what a space debris expert has to say about it.

AZURE Launch

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Sounding Rockets Spark Dramatic Arctic "Aurora"

The spectacular AZURE experiment is the latest of several missions probing the interface of Earth and space over the Arctic.

Beresheet

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Israel's Beresheet Mission Crashes on the Moon

SpaceIL attempted, but missed, a historic first for private spaceflight and Israel — a soft landing on the Moon.

Indian ASAT Test

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

What India's Anti-Satellite Test Means for Space Debris

A recent anti-satellite missile test by India added hundreds of pieces of debris to an already cluttered low-Earth orbit.

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