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NASA highlights challenges facing designers of next-gen spacesuit

A new NASA video looks at the challenges facing NASA when it comes to designing the next-generation spacesuits for crewed missions to the moon and beyond.
8 hours ago
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NASA’s lunar CAPSTONE satellite back in touch with Earth

After losing its communications link with the moon-bound CAPSTONE satellite, U.S. firm Advanced Space has managed to reestablish contact with its satellite.
10 hours ago
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Check out NASA’s skywatching tips for July

July is an exciting month for skywatchers, as it offers a great chance to get a good look at the Milky Way and its hundreds of billions of stars.
2 days ago
The Milky Way viewed from Earth.

Check out the 33 Raptor engines on SpaceX’s next-gen rocket

SpaceX has shared an image showing the 33 Raptor engines installed at the base of its next-gen Super Heavy rocket ahead of the booster's first orbital flight.
3 days ago
The Super Heavy's Raptor engines.

NASA may have to dig deeper for evidence of life on Mars

New research suggests NASA will have to dig deeper on Mars or seek out different targets in its quest to find evidence of ancient life on the planet.
3 days ago
Rocks inside Mars' Jezero Crater.

Hubble captures a glittering cluster of thousands of stars

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a stunning field of stars called a globular cluster.
3 days ago
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures the sparkling globular cluster NGC 6569 in the constellation Sagittarius. Hubble explored the heart of this cluster with both its Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys, revealing a glittering hoard of stars in this astronomical treasure trove.

A Chinese orbiter has mapped the entire surface of Mars

The Chinese Tianwen-1 orbiter has completed imaging the entire surface of Mars, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced this week.
3 days ago
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Motorless sailplane for exploring Mars soars like an albatross

Researchers have proposed an experimental sailplane that operates without a motor and that could sail through the Martian air for days at a time.
3 days ago
The team conducted a tethered launch of an early version of the sailplane, in which it descended slowly to Earth attached to a balloon.

Fleet of tiny robots could one day explore subsurface oceans on icy worlds

A fleet of tiny robotic explorers could one day swim through the subsurface oceans of icy worlds.
3 days ago
In the Sensing With Independent Micro-Swimmers (SWIM) concept, illustrated here, dozens of small robots would descend through the icy shell of a distant moon via a cryobot – depicted at left – to the ocean below. The project has received funding from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

NASA’s next-generation rocket returns to assembly building today

NASA's next-generation rocket, the Space Launch System, will return to its home at the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today.
4 days ago
Space Launch System rocket during the wet dress rehearsal.

Good news: Threatening asteroid won’t impact Earth in 2052

The asteroid 2021 QM1, marked as one of the most threatening to our planet, won't hit Earth after all.
4 days ago
An artist's impression of an asteroid approaching Earth

Virgin Orbit successfully launches its first night mission

Virgin Orbit launched seven satellites using its LauncherOne system last night, Friday, July 1, in its first nighttime launch.
4 days ago
Virgin Orbit launches night mission.

Just one instrument mode left and the James Webb Telescope will be ready for science

James Webb is almost ready to start work. Now, the Mid-Infrared instrument (MIRI) has completed its checks and NASA has announced that it is ready for science.
4 days ago
MIRI Flight Instrument Undergoing Alignment Testing

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft has almost completely deployed its stuck array

Good news for NASA's Lucy spacecraft, the solar array of which is now almost completely deployed.
4 days ago
Artist’s illustration of the Lucy concept.

NASA chief looks forward to Webb telescope’s first images

NASA is preparing to unveil the first high-res images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, and its latest comments suggest they’ll be something special.
6 days ago
James Webb Space Telescope illustration.

This spot is where we could find signs of ancient Mars life

NASA has shared an image captured on Mars showing a spot where scientists believe they could find the first evidence of ancient microbial life away from Earth.
June 30, 2022
Enchanted Lake on Mars.

NASA wants your help to solve an enduring Mars mystery

If you have some spare time on your hands, then how about helping NASA scientists solve one of Mars' enduring mysteries?
June 29, 2022
Martian clouds.

Watch Rocket Lab launch NASA’s CAPSTONE satellite to the moon

NASA and Rocket Lab have successfully launched the CAPSTONE satellite to space. The satellite will test a lunar orbit for future crewed missions.
June 29, 2022
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket launches the CAPSTONE satellite to space.

This Mercury flyby video shows the planet in amazing detail

The European Space Agency has released a video captured last week by a spacecraft as it flew by Mercury, the planet closest to our sun.
June 28, 2022
Mercury viewed from an ESA spacecraft.

Virgin Orbit in final prep for its first night-time rocket launch

Virgin Orbit is gearing up for Wednesday's Straight Up mission as it seeks to take on the likes of SpaceX and Rocket Lab for small-satellite deployments.
June 27, 2022
Virgin Orbit rocket

This galaxy cluster is so massive it warps space-time and bends light

An image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy cluster named Abell 1351, so unimaginably massive it is bending space-time itself.
June 26, 2022
The massive galaxy cluster Abell 1351 is captured in this image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. This galaxy cluster lies in the constellation Ursa Major in the northern hemisphere.

Linking 64 antennae together to see the radio universe on a grand scale

Astronomers have linked up data from the 64 antennae of the MeerKAT telescope to map the cosmos on a large scale.
June 26, 2022
One of the MeerKAT antennae.

You can help analyze Juno images of Jupiter’s clouds

A citizen scientist project is inviting members of the public to help identify atmospheric features in Juno data.
June 26, 2022
An image of the 22nd orbit of the Juno spacecraft around Jupiter shows the region close to the north pole of the planet. There is a huge diversity in the colors and shapes of these vortices (hurricane-like storms). Scientists need to create a catalog of these storms in order to understand how they form.

This giant map of minerals on Mars is a piece of modern art

NASA recently released the first part of a map of the martian surface, in the form of a 5.6 gigapixel image in 72 colors.
June 26, 2022
Seen are six views of the Nili Fossae region of Mars captured by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, or CRISM, one of the instruments aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

How to watch NASA launch a satellite into an experimental lunar orbit

This Monday, NASA is launching a tiny satellite with a big mission - to test a never-before-tried orbit around the moon for a future lunar outpost.
June 25, 2022
Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket sits on the pad at the company’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand for wet dress rehearsal ahead of the CAPSTONE launch.

See the crater left by a space junk impact on the moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped an image showing the crater created by a Chinese rocket booster which crashed into the moon earlier this year.
June 25, 2022
A rocket body impacted the Moon on March 4, 2022, near Hertzsprung crater, creating a double crater roughly 28 meters wide in the longest dimension. LROC NAC M1407760984R; image enlarged 3x

How astronauts on the ISS are growing crops without soil

Astronauts on the ISS recently harvested vegetables from a system which grows plants without soil or other growth medium.
June 25, 2022
XROOTS hardware undergoing ground-based plant tests.

NASA’s moon rocket could launch as soon as August this year

NASA says there's a chance that its next-generation rocket, the Space Launch System, could launch for the first time this summer.
June 25, 2022
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NASA’s Psyche mission launch delayed until at least 2023

NASA's mission to visit a metal asteroid with a spacecraft named Psyche has hit a roadblock, with the launch being delayed until 2023 at the earliest.
June 25, 2022
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BepiColombo mission shares stunning image of Mercury flyby

The European and Japanese team behind the BepiColombo mission to Mercury has shared the first image of the spacecraft’s recent flyby of the distant planet.
June 24, 2022
Mercury captured by an orbiter during a flyby of the distant planet.

SpaceX rolls Super Heavy booster to launchpad for key test

SpaceX’s next-gen Super Heavy booster has been transported to the launchpad at its Starbase site for its first static fire test using all of its Raptor engines.
June 24, 2022
SpaceX's Super Heavy booster on its way to the launchpad in June 2022.

See how this ISS astronaut recreated a moment from Gravity movie

ISS astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti recently took a moment out of her busy schedule to recreate a moment from the hit 2013 space movie Gravity.
June 22, 2022
ISS astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti recreates a moment from the hit movie Gravity.

SpaceX claims 5G plan could ‘render Starlink unusable for most Americans’

SpaceX says its U.S. Starlink customers will see their broadband service disrupted if Dish Network is allowed to proceed with plans for its 5G cellular network.
June 22, 2022
A Starlink dish.

Space traveler offers advice to wannabe astronauts

With crewed lunar missions just a few years away and the first human voyages to Mars on the horizon, it’s one of the most exciting times to become an astronaut.
June 21, 2022
Samantha Cristoforetti aboard the International Space Station.

NASA completes prelaunch test of its mega moon rocket

NASA has completed what could have been the final ground test of its next-generation Space Launch System (SLS) rocket before its maiden mission to the moon.
June 21, 2022
NASA's SLS rocket on its way to the launchpad.

China could bring first Mars samples to Earth before NASA

China is aiming to bring the first rock samples from Mars to Earth in 2031, two years before NASA plans to perform the coveted feat.
June 21, 2022
A spacecraft above Mars.

Watch SpaceX’s 3 launches and 3 landings across just 3 days

SpaceX has just performed three Falcon 9 rocket launches and landings on three consecutive days, with the missions taking place within just 36 hours.
June 20, 2022
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from Cape Canaveral.

NASA documentary celebrates Black space explorers

NASA has released a free-to-view documentary celebrating Black astronauts and their contribution to the American space program.
June 20, 2022
NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson aboard the ISS in 2010.

Hubble Space Telescope snaps sparkling globular cluster near the heart of our galaxy

Stars shine like diamonds in this week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope, which shows globular cluster Terzan 9.
June 19, 2022
This star-studded image shows the globular cluster Terzan 9 in the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of the Milky Way. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this glittering scene using its Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys.

See our galactic neighbors as you’ve never seen them before

Images of four nearby galaxies to the Milky Way show the dust in and around these galaxies in all its glory.
June 19, 2022
The Andromeda galaxy, or M31, is shown here in far-infrared and radio wavelengths of light.

The long goodbye of NASA’s forty-year-old Voyager probes

The Voyager probes, the most distant human-made objects in the universe, are entering their twilight years.
June 19, 2022
NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, shown in this illustration, has been exploring our solar system since 1977, along with its twin, Voyager 2.

Two rocky super-Earths discovered just 33 light-years away

Researchers using NASA's TESS satellite have discovered two rocky exoplanets in a system in our cosmic backyard, located just 33 light-years from Earth.
June 19, 2022
Illustration of two newly discovered, rocky "super-Earths" that could be ideal for follow-up atmospheric observations.

Hubble Space Telescope finds destructive white dwarf ripping apart planetary pieces

The Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a case of cosmic cannibalism, with a white dwarf consuming rocky and icy material from its surrounding environment.
June 18, 2022
This illustration shows a white dwarf star siphoning off debris from shattered objects in a planetary system. The Hubble Space Telescope detects the spectral signature of the vaporized debris that revealed a combination of rocky-metallic and icy material, the ingredients of planets. The findings help describe the violent nature of evolved planetary systems and the composition of its disintegrating bodies.

‘Alien’ signal seen by Chinese telescope likely due to radio interference

A signal detected by a Chinese telescope and originally reported as possible evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence is almost certainly due to human factors.
June 18, 2022
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NASA beginning its 4th go at crucial Artemis mission rocket test tonight

NASA is once again preparing for a major test of its new Space Launch System rocket, intended to carry astronauts to the moon under the Artemis program.
June 18, 2022
An image of NASA’s moon rocket at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, rolling out of the Vehicle Assembly Building for a 4.2-mile journey to Launch Complex 39B on March 17, 2022.

SpaceX fires employees for open letter critical of Elon Musk

A group of SpaceX employees who circulated an open letter criticizing the company's founder, Elon Musk, have been fired from the company.
June 18, 2022
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How to watch SpaceX launch a German radar satellite this morning

This morning, SpaceX will be launching a German radar satellite using one of its Falcon 9 rockets. Here's how to watch.
June 18, 2022
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NASA’s Mars rover shares amazing images of rocky landscape

NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, has shared some remarkable images of different rock formations at its next exploration site.
June 17, 2022
Rocks inside Mars' Jezero Crater.

NASA reveals crew for Starliner spacecraft’s first astronaut flight

NASA has named the two astronauts who will participate in the first crewed test flight of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft.
June 17, 2022
Boeing's Starliner capsule docked at the ISS.

NASA confirms date for final test of its mega moon rocket

NASA officials have confirmed the date for the final test of its next-generation Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft.
June 16, 2022
NASA's mega moon rocket on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center.