Rover tracks on Mars

Solar System

Three Missions Head for Mars

The summer of 2020 will see three spacecraft launch toward the Red Planet, each one with distinct objectives.

Post-touchdown

Solar System

Hayabusa 2 Touches Down, Collects Asteroid Sample

The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 has touched down on Ryugu, the asteroid it's been orbiting since last summer, and collected a sample from its surface.

Image of BepiColumbo launch

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Mission to Mercury Launches

The BepiColombo spacecraft, Europe's first mission to Mercury, rocketed away from Earth to begin its seven-year trek to the innermost planet.

Mars Express

Solar System

Liquid Water on Mars! Really for Real This Time (Probably)

A radar instrument on one of the oldest operational Mars orbiters has discovered possible evidence of liquid water on Mars.

Gibbous Venus from Akatsuki

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Akatsuki's Amazing Views of Venus

Almost everyone considered Japan's Venus-bound orbiter a lost cause, but the spacecraft survived, reached its objective, and is wowing scientists with results.

Curiosity

Curiosity's Discoveries on Mars

After four Earth years on the Red Planet, the intrepid rover has found evidence of long-gone water and habitable environments.

Curiosity Selfie

Spacecraft and Space Missions

What Are Curiosity and Opportunity Up To?

As Schiaparelli prepares to land on Mars, how are the other robotic denizens of the Red Planet doing?

Astronomy & Observing News

Spacecraft Imaging for Amateurs

An international community of space enthusiasts has become adept at reinterpreting images from planetary spacecraft.

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