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NASA's mega moon rocket on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA ready for key launchpad test of its mega moon rocket

NASA ready for key launchpad test of its mega moon rocket

NASA engineers have finished work to get the agency's next-generation SLS moon rocket and Orion spacecraft ready for a key launchpad test.
Starliner launches to space in May 2022.

Watch Boeing’s 5-day spacecraft test in 140 seconds

Watch Boeing’s 5-day spacecraft test in 140 seconds

Boeing has shared a video showing the key moments from its five-day Starliner test mission that involved a round-trip to the space station.
An artist's impression of 55 Cancri e.

James Webb Telescope eyes exoplanet with oceans of lava

James Webb Telescope eyes exoplanet with oceans of lava

The James Webb Space Telescope team has identified a couple of exoplanets it wants to explore, including one featuring oceans of lava.
SpaceX engineers inspect a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster shortly after it landed at Cape Canaveral.

Elon Musk tweets photo showing true scale of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket

Elon Musk tweets photo showing true scale of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has shared a remarkable image that highlights the true scale of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.
Boeing's Starliner spacecraft shortly before landing in New Mexico.

Watch Boeing’s Starliner capsule land at end of crucial test mission

Watch Boeing’s Starliner capsule land at end of crucial test mission

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft has returned to Earth at the end of a crucial test mission, landing in New Mexico on Wednesday.
Boeing's Starliner capsule docked at the ISS.

How to watch Starliner capsule return to Earth tomorrow

How to watch Starliner capsule return to Earth tomorrow

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is about to begin its journey home after a short stay at the International Space Station, and NASA will livestream its homecoming.
The InSight Mars lander's final selfie.

NASA shares InSight Mars lander’s final selfie

NASA shares InSight Mars lander’s final selfie

The final selfie of NASA's InSight Mars lander reveals the full extent of the dust problem that's causing it to gradually lose power.
A Starlink dish next to an RV.

SpaceX announces Starlink for RVs, with no wait for dishes

SpaceX announces Starlink for RVs, with no wait for dishes

SpaceX on Monday announced a “Starlink for RVs” internet service, and at the current time, there’s no waitlist for dishes.
NASA's SLS rocket on its way to the launchpad.

NASA’s new moon rocket will return to launchpad in early June

NASA’s new moon rocket will return to launchpad in early June

NASA is aiming to conduct final ground tests for its next-generation moon rocket and capsule in early June ahead of the maiden flight in August.
Boeing's Starliner capsule docked at the ISS.

NASA astronaut offers glimpse inside new Starliner capsule

NASA astronaut offers glimpse inside new Starliner capsule

A NASA astronaut has offered a glimpse inside Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, which docked with the ISS for the first time on Friday, May 20.
This newly revised NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Hickson Compact Group 31 (HCG 31) of galaxies highlights streams of star-formation as four dwarf galaxies interact.

See four dwarf galaxies merging into one in this Hubble image

See four dwarf galaxies merging into one in this Hubble image

An image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows an unusual interaction of four dwarf galaxies, so close together that all of them would fit within the Milky Way.
May 20, 2022: International Space Station Configuration. Six spaceships are parked at the space station including Boweing's Starliner crew ship and the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom; the Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter; and Russia's Soyuz MS-21 crew ship and the Progress 79 and 80 resupply ships.

Arrival of Starliner makes 5 types of spacecraft docked with ISS

Arrival of Starliner makes 5 types of spacecraft docked with ISS

The docking of Boeing's Starliner crew capsule means the International Space Station is hosting an unusually wide variety of spacecraft.
The James Webb Space Telescope.

James Webb will investigate targets in our cosmic backyard

James Webb will investigate targets in our cosmic backyard

Included in the objects James Webb will be studying, as well as distant galaxies and far-off stars, are targets right here in our own solar system,
Engineers at an Airbus Defence and Space facility in Toulouse, France, oversee the final integration and testing of the Juice spacecraft.

The Juice mission is almost ready to explore Jupiter’s icy moons

The Juice mission is almost ready to explore Jupiter’s icy moons

The European Space Agency's Juice spacecraft is getting ready for its mission to Jupiter to see if its icy moons could potentially host life.
NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, shown in this illustration, has been exploring our solar system since 1977, along with its twin, Voyager 2.

Something strange is up with 45-year-old spacecraft Voyager 1

Something strange is up with 45-year-old spacecraft Voyager 1

Voyager 1's altitude articulation and control system (AACS) is sending back some strange readings, and engineers are puzzled.
Solar activity captured by Solar Orbiter.

Observing wild activity on the sun could help predict space weather

Observing wild activity on the sun could help predict space weather

See the incredible data captured by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft on its recent close pass of the sun.
This collection of 36 images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope features galaxies that are all hosts to both Cepheid variables and supernovae. These two celestial phenomena are both crucial tools used by astronomers to determine astronomical distance, and have been used to refine our measurement of the Hubble constant, the expansion rate of the universe.

How fast is the universe expanding? It’s complicated, Hubble shows

How fast is the universe expanding? It’s complicated, Hubble shows

Researchers using data from the Hubble Space Telescope have come up with the most precise measurement to date of the expansion of the universe.
This illustration shows the Lucy spacecraft passing one of the Trojan Asteroids near Jupiter.

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captured this week’s lunar eclipse from space

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captured this week’s lunar eclipse from space

This week's lunar eclipse wasn't only observed from the ground - it was also observed from 64 million miles away from Earth by the Lucy spacecraft.
Boeing’s Starliner crew ship is seen moments after docking to the International Space Station’s forward port on the Harmony module.

With only small hiccups, Boeing’s Starliner capsule docks successfully with ISS

With only small hiccups, Boeing’s Starliner capsule docks successfully with ISS

Following a nail-biting launch on Thursday May 19, Boeing's new crew capsule Starliner has successfully docked with the International Space Station.
A graphic rendering of the Boeing Starliner orbiting Earth.

How to watch Starliner’s first ISS dock attempt today

How to watch Starliner’s first ISS dock attempt today

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station and on Friday will attempt for the first time to dock with the orbital outpost.
Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 Launch

Boeing launches Starliner spacecraft on crucial test flight

Boeing launches Starliner spacecraft on crucial test flight

Boeing Space and ULA have successfully launched the Starliner spacecraft from Cape Canaveral in Florida in a crucial flight test.
A NASA spacewalk

Spacesuit safety issue prompts NASA to halt ISS spacewalks

Spacesuit safety issue prompts NASA to halt ISS spacewalks

NASA is suspending non-emergency spacewalks aboard the ISS while it investigates what caused water to leak into an astronaut’s helmet during a walk in March.
Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is in view in the United Launch Alliance Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 on Aug. 9, 2021.

Watch Starliner head to launchpad ahead of major flight test

Watch Starliner head to launchpad ahead of major flight test

Boeing has rolled its Starliner spacecraft to the launchpad ahead of Thursday's crucial test flight to the International Space Station.
A graphic rendering of the Boeing Starliner orbiting Earth.

How to watch Boeing’s crucial test flight of Starliner spacecraft today

How to watch Boeing’s crucial test flight of Starliner spacecraft today

NASA and Boeing are about to launch another test flight of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft in a crucial mission following a failed attempt in 2019.
This illustration shows NASA's InSight spacecraft with its instruments deployed on the Martian surface.

NASA’s InSight Mars lander will soon succumb to dust

NASA’s InSight Mars lander will soon succumb to dust

NASA has said its InSight Mars lander will end operations in December due to a gradual loss of power caused by an accumulation of dust on its solar panels.
A lunar eclipse as seen from the space station.

This is how the lunar eclipse looked from space

This is how the lunar eclipse looked from space

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station managed to photograph the awesome sight of the recent lunar eclipse.
Earth seen from the moon.

NASA invites entries for its CineSpace short-film contest

NASA invites entries for its CineSpace short-film contest

Whether you’re an experienced filmmaker or an enthusiastic beginner, NASA is encouraging creatives to get involved in this year’s CineSpace short-film contest.
A telescopic visualization of the total lunar eclipse, happening May 15-16, 2022.

How to watch tonight’s lunar eclipse, online or in person

How to watch tonight’s lunar eclipse, online or in person

There's a chance to observe a special astronomical event this weekend, as the night of May 15/16 will see a total lunar eclipse.
The EHT Collaboration created a flurry of images of Sagittarius A*, using ray tracing, a technique that visualizes the properties of the black hole based on data collected with the radio telescope array and predictions made by Einstein's theory of general relativity. The images shown here were created by UArizona's Chi-kwan Chan.

Black holes all look like donuts, regardless of their size

Black holes all look like donuts, regardless of their size

The image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy isn't only an incredible scientific achievement - it also agrees precisely with predictions.
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to view galaxies of all shapes and sizes from nearly every angle. When a galaxy is seen edge-on, the mesmerizing perspective reveals a dazzling slice of the universe. The “Little Sombrero,” also known as NGC 7814 or Caldwell 43, is one such galaxy.

Hubble captures one of a pair of hat-shaped galaxies, the Little Sombrero

Hubble captures one of a pair of hat-shaped galaxies, the Little Sombrero

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the delightfully named Little Sombrero galaxy, reminiscent of the shape of the traditional Mexican hat.
This image from ESA’s Mars Express shows part of a large fault system on Mars known as Tantalus Fossae. This image comprises data gathered by Mars Express’ High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on 19 July 2021. It was created using data from the nadir channel, the field of view aligned perpendicular to the surface of Mars, and the colour channels of the HRSC. It is a ‘true colour’ image, reflecting what would be seen by the human eye if looking at this region of Mars.

How researchers use impact craters on Mars to date geological events

How researchers use impact craters on Mars to date geological events

Observing Mars from orbit can help us understand the history of the planet, as recent Mars Express images of an impact crater show.
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the tattered remnant of a supernova — a titanic explosion marking the end of the life of a dying star. This object — known as DEM L249 — is thought to have been created by a Type 1a supernova during the death throes of a white dwarf. While white dwarfs are usually stable, they can slowly accrue matter if they are part of a binary star system. This accretion of matter continues until the white dwarf reaches a critical mass and undergoes a catastrophic supernova explosion, ejecting a vast amount of material into space in the process.

Hubble captures the beautiful aftermath of a supernova explosion

Hubble captures the beautiful aftermath of a supernova explosion

Supernovas might spell the end for the star they happen to, but they aren't only destructive. Hubble has captured a beautiful remnant created by a supernova.
The James Webb Space Telescope.

All of the modes James Webb instruments will use to study the universe

All of the modes James Webb instruments will use to study the universe

With the James Webb Space Telescope fully aligned, NASA has shared an update about the 17 different modes that will be possible using Webb's four instruments,
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop a mobile launcher.

NASA working to fix ‘nuisance’ problems with Space Launch System rocket

NASA working to fix ‘nuisance’ problems with Space Launch System rocket

NASA has shared more information about its ongoing work on its new Space Launch System rocket, and the issues that arose in three previous tests.