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Arianespace's animation showing the launch of its next-gen Ariane 6 rocket.

Watch first launch of Europe’s next-gen rocket in ESA animation

Arianespace has shared an animation showing what the first launch of Europe's next-generation heavy-lift Ariane 6 rocket will look like.
The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope reveals intricate details of the Herbig Haro object 797 (HH 797). Herbig-Haro objects are luminous regions surrounding newborn stars (known as protostars), and are formed when stellar winds or jets of gas spewing from these newborn stars form shockwaves colliding with nearby gas and dust at high speeds. HH 797, which dominates the lower half of this image, is located close to the young open star cluster IC 348, which is located near the eastern edge of the Perseus dark cloud complex. The bright infrared objects in the upper portion of the image are thought to host two further protostars. This image was captured with Webb’s Near-InfraRed Camera (NIRCam).

James Webb telescope captures a dramatic image of newborn star

A new image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope shows the dramatic outflows from a young star.
NASA Orbiter Snaps Stunning Views of Mars Horizon

Mars Odyssey spacecraft pulls a sideways maneuver to capture the planet’s horizon

A new image from a NASA orbiter shows an unusual view of Mars, capturing the planet's horizon complete with clouds.
nasa skywatching tips december meteor shower shooting star

NASA’s skywatching tips for December include a meteor shower

NASA's skywatching tips for December include a meteor shower and the chance to spot a passing asteroid with the naked eye.
Orbital geometry of HD110067: Tracing a link between two neighbour planets at regular time intervals along their orbits, creates a pattern unique to each couple. The six planets of the HD110067 system together create a mesmerising geometric pattern due to their resonance-chain.

Astronomers spot rare star system with six planets in geometric formation

Astronomers have discovered a star system in which six planets orbit one star in an elaborate geometrical pattern due to a phenomenon called orbital resonance.
This is an artist’s impression of a young star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk in which planets are forming.

James Webb finds that rocky planets could form in extreme radiation environment

The James Webb Space Telescope investigated a disk that could be forming rocky planets, even though nearby massive stars are pumping out significant radiation.
Hubble orbiting more than 300 miles above Earth as seen from the space shuttle.

Hubble Space Telescope is in safe mode due to a gyro problem

The Hubble Space Telescope has a problem with its hardware and is currently in safe mode, with science operations paused until the fault can be corrected.
NASA astronaut Christina Koch.

NASA astronauts sign their moon rocket

The four Artemis II astronauts recently signed a section of the launch vehicle that will blast them toward the moon in a year from now.
China's Tiangong space station shown from above.

There’s a new space station in town

China has shared the first images showing the entirety its new Tiangong space station in orbit about 230 miles above Earth.
Russia's Progress MS-23 spacecraft burning up in Earth's atmosphere.

ISS astronauts witness fiery end of Russian spaceship

Astronauts on the space station witnessed the fiery demise of a Russian spacecraft on Wednesday as it burned up in Earth’s atmosphere at high speed.
The moon and Earth as seen from the Orion spacecraft in November 2022.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft did something special exactly a year ago

A year has passed since NASA's Artemis I mission sent the new Orion spacecraft all the way to the moon, and then beyond, setting a new record in the process.
A near-infrared image of Kenya and Tanzania.

This infrared Earth image looks like a work of art

The European Space Agency has shared a remarkable infrared image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission showing lakes in Tanzania and Kenya.
Artist’s illustration of ultra-high-energy cosmic ray astronomy to clarify extremely energetic phenomena.

Super high energy particle falls to Earth; its source is a mystery

Researchers have detected one of the highest-energy particles ever falling to Earth. And no one knows where it came from.
Artist's impression of ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) approaching Earth.

Juice spacecraft gears up for first ever Earth-moon gravity boost

The Juice mission is on its way to Jupiter, and it will be carrying out the first gravity assist around both Earth and the moon.
An artists rendering of a blue and white exoplanet known as WASP-80 b, set on a star-studded black background. Alternating horizontal layers of cloudy white, grey and blue cover the planets surface. To the right of the planet, a rendering of the chemical methane is depicted with four hydrogen atoms bonded to a central carbon atom, representing methane within the exoplanet's atmosphere. An artist’s rendering of the warm exoplanet WASP-80 b whose color may appear bluish to human eyes due to the lack of high-altitude clouds and the presence of atmospheric methane identified by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, similar to the planets Uranus and Neptune in our own solar system.

How astronomers used James Webb to detect methane in the atmosphere of an exoplanet

Scientists using the James Webb Space Telescope recently announced they had made a rare detection of methane in an exoplanet atmosphere.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a close-up taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover. This image was taken on April 5, the 45th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.

NASA engineers testing successor to Ingenuity helicopter rotors

NASA is investigating the possibility of more helicopters for future Mars missions, and recently shared a peek at its testing of new Mars helicopter hardware.
SpaceX's Starship spacecraft just after separating from the Super Heavy booster.

SpaceX tracking camera shows Starship stage separation up close

Filming on Saturday, a SpaceX tracking camera captured the moment its Starship spacecraft achieved its first successful separation from the Super Heavy booster.
SpaceX's Starship rocket leaving the launchpad on Saturday.

SpaceX’s dramatic 360 video of Starship launch puts you on the launch tower

SpaceX has released a dramatic 360-degree video showing Saturday's launch of the Starship, the world's most powerful rocket.
The Super Heavy rocket during the Starship's launch in November 2023.

Watch SpaceX’s amazing slo-mo footage of Starship launch

SpaceX is continuing to share remarkable imagery from the second integrated test flight of its powerful Super Heavy booster and Starship spacecraft.
The International Space Station.

10 space station questions answered on its 25th anniversary

On Monday, the International Space Station marked 25 years since the first module was launched to begin building the facility in low-Earth orbit.
SpaceX's Starship rocket lifting off in November 2023.

Elon Musk reveals when mighty Starship rocket will be ready to fly again

Following Saturday's second test flight of the Starship rocket, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said that it will be ready to fly again soon.
The full view of the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope’s NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) instrument reveals a 50 light-years-wide portion of the Milky Way’s dense centre. An estimated 500,000 stars shine in this image of the Sagittarius C (Sgr C) region, along with some as-yet unidentified features. A vast region of ionised hydrogen, shown in cyan, wraps around an infrared-dark cloud, which is so dense that it blocks the light from distant stars behind it. Intriguing needle-like structures in the ionised hydrogen emission lack any uniform orientation. Researchers note the surprising extent of the ionised region, covering about 25 light-years. A cluster of protostars – stars that are still forming and gaining mass – are producing outflows that glow like a bonfire at the base of the large infrared-dark cloud, indicating that they are emerging from the cloud’s protective cocoon and will soon join the ranks of the more mature stars around them. Smaller infrared-dark clouds dot the scene, appearing like holes in the starfield. Researchers say they have only begun to dig into the wealth of unprecedented high-resolution data that Webb has provided on this region, and many features bear detailed study. This includes the rose-coloured clouds on the right side of the image, which have never been seen in such detail.

Stunning James Webb image shows the beating heart of our Milky Way

A new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows the heart of our galaxy, in a region close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
Part of the launchpad structure for the SpaceX's Starship rocket.

Elon Musk assesses new launchpad design for Starship

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has inspected the new launchpad following Saturday's launch of the Starship, the world's most powerful rocket.
A toilet aboard the International Space Station.

Space station astronaut marks World Toilet Day with an explainer

To mark World Toilet Day, an ISS crewmember has answered one of the most common questions that astronauts get asked: How do you use the bathroom in space?
SpaceX's Starship rocket leaving the launchpad on Saturday.

SpaceX shares stunning images of Saturday’s Starship launch

SpaceX has released some extraordinary images showing Saturday's launch of the Starship, the world's most powerful rocket.
Composite X-ray, Optical, & Infrared Image of the Galactic Center.

NASA project turns images of space into music you can play

NASA has turned an image of the center of the Milky Way galaxy into an original composition to be performed by a group of musicians.
NASA’s Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 8, 2022. DSOC’s gold-capped flight laser transceiver can be seen, near center, attached to the spacecraft.

NASA laser communications test riding with Psyche sends back its first data

An experimental test of laser communications has sent back its first data, in a demonstration of the use of laser communications for deep space missions.
Artistic concept of the exoplanet WASP-107b and its parent star. Even though the rather cool host star emits a relatively small fraction of high-energy photons, they can reach deep into the planet’s fluffy atmosphere.

James Webb investigates a super puffy exoplanet where it rains sand

One of the least dense exoplanets known was recently investigated using James Webb, and the planet's weather seems is as strange as its puffiness.
An artist’s concept of the nearby exoplanet, LTT 1445Ac, which is the size of Earth. The planet orbits a red dwarf star.

Hubble spots an Earth-sized exoplanet just 22 light-years away

The Hubble Space Telescope has recently confirmed that a nearby planet, which is diminutive by exoplanet standards, is 1.07 times the size of Earth.
Starship on the launch pad ahead of the second orbital flight test on November 11, 2023.

SpaceX Starship makes it off the pad, but is lost during second test flight

SpaceX has performed a second integrated test flight of its Starship, which survived stage separation but was lost near to the end of its engine burn.
A meteor shower.

How to watch the Leonids meteor shower this weekend

The Leonids meteor shower peaks this weekend and could offer up to 15 shooting stars per hour. Here's all you need to know to see them ...
SpaceX's Starship on the launchpad.

SpaceX needs good weather for Starship launch. Here’s how it’s looking

SpaceX is preparing to send the Starship to orbit on Saturday morning in what will be only the second test flight of the 400-foot-tall rocket.
A Super Heavy booster on the launchpad at SpaceX's site in Texas.

SpaceX given green light to send mighty Starship rocket skyward

The Federal Aviation Administration has given SpaceX permission to launch its powerful Starship rocket for the second time following a failed flight in April.
The Starship, comprising the first-stage Super Heavy and the upper-stage Starship spacecraft, on the launchpad at SpaceX's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

How to watch SpaceX launch world’s most powerful rocket on Saturday

SpaceX is aiming to launch the Starship on Saturday. Here's how to watch the second flight of the world's most powerful rocket.