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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

Professional Telescopes

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

Solar System

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

Solar System

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)

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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.

Mars Rover

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Quaking Aspen Leaves Inspire Potential Power Source For Mars Rovers

A unique concept could serve as an emergency power backup for future missions.

Ryugu closeup

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Hayabusa 2 Finds Asteroid Ryugu Is Dark & Dry

Hayabusa 2’s asteroid Ryugu has some unexpected characteristics. In particular, its dry surface could spell trouble for current theories about how Earth obtained its water.

Ultima Thule

Spacecraft and Space Missions

New Results Probe the Origin of "Ultima Thule"

As observations trickle in from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, mission scientists have new insights on how their two-lobed target formed in the Kuiper Belt.

Insight Mars

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Mars Insight's "Mole" Hits a Snag

Drilling operations for NASA's Mars Insight Lander have been put on hold as the "mole" has hit unexpected obstacles.

Beresheet

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Israeli Lunar Lander Heads to the Moon

Israel's Beresheet lunar lander was carried to space today on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, headed for a soft landing on the Moon in April.

Spherex

Spacecraft and Space Missions

NASA to Explore Early Universe, Origins of Life with SPHEREX

The SPHEREX mission will create multiple surveys of the near-infrared sky that will reveal the origins of life and perhaps the universe itself.

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