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A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docked at the space station.

Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon thrusters guide it to space station

Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon thrusters guide it to space station

SpaceX has shared a cool video showing the Crew Dragon’s Draco engines nudging the spacecraft toward the International Space Station.
SpaceX Crew-4 arriving at the space station in April 2022.

Watch SpaceX’s Crew-4 astronauts arrive at new home in space

Watch SpaceX’s Crew-4 astronauts arrive at new home in space

SpaceX’s Crew-4 astronauts have safely boarded the ISS on Wednesday after a 16-hour ride to the orbiting laboratory — the fastest Crew Dragon trip to date.
The landing gear from Perseverance's descent to Mars in 2021.

NASA’s Mars drone captures cool shots of rover landing gear

NASA’s Mars drone captures cool shots of rover landing gear

NASA’s Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, has captured some amazing images of the landing gear of the spacecraft that delivered it to the martian surface last year.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew-4 astronauts launching from the Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts are on their way to the space station

SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts are on their way to the space station

SpaceX's Crew-4 astronauts are on their way to the ISS after launching from the Kennedy Space Center early on Wednesday.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Moon, Mars, and more: NASA extends 8 planetary missions

Moon, Mars, and more: NASA extends 8 planetary missions

NASA has decided to extend a range of active planetary science missions, a move that’s certain to delight scientists attached to the projects.
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.

Boeing gears up for crucial space mission in May

Boeing gears up for crucial space mission in May

Boeing and its launch partners are making final preparations for the next test flight of the beleaguered Starliner CST-100 spacecraft.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from Cape Canaveral.

How to watch SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts launch to ISS

How to watch SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts launch to ISS

NASA and SpaceX are gearing up for the launch of the Crew-4 astronauts to the space station on Wednesday, April 27. Here's how to watch.
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Watch how space station astronauts get ready for bed

Watch how space station astronauts get ready for bed

German astronaut Matthias Maurer has shared a video showing how microgravity conditions aboard the space station affect his bedtime routine.
Rocket Lab attempting to catch a dummy booster as it falls to Earth.

Rocket Lab video shows practice run for midair rocket catch

Rocket Lab video shows practice run for midair rocket catch

Rocket Lab has shared a dramatic video showing a recent practice run in which its customized Sikorsky S-92 helicopter grabs a dummy rocket booster from the sky.
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Watch the splashdown of NASA’s first private ISS mission

Watch the splashdown of NASA’s first private ISS mission

NASA’s first private mission to the ISS has ended successfully after the four-person crew splashed down in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule near Florida on Monday.
This illustration shows NASA's InSight spacecraft with its instruments deployed on the Martian surface.

Largest marsquakes yet detected using InSight data

Largest marsquakes yet detected using InSight data

Researchers have identified two of the largest marsquakes seen to date using data from NASA's InSight lander.
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features two merging galaxies in the VV-689 system, nicknamed the Angel Wing.

Hubble captures an angelic merging of galaxies

Hubble captures an angelic merging of galaxies

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope show two galaxies which are in the process of merging together, in the system VV-689.
An artist's concept of the Lucy Mission.

NASA has a plan to fix Lucy spacecraft’s solar array problem

NASA has a plan to fix Lucy spacecraft’s solar array problem

NASA's Lucy spacecraft has a problem with one of its solar arrays, which has not locked into place properly. Now there's a plan to fix it.
The James Webb Space Telescope.

James Webb’s mirrors are almost, but not quite, cooled

James Webb’s mirrors are almost, but not quite, cooled

With James Webb's MIRI instrument now cooled to its operating temperature, the telescope is approaching its final temperature as it mirrors cool as well.
The SpaceX Dragon Endeavour crew ship is pictured docked to the Harmony module's space-facing international docking adapter.

Axiom-1 to depart from ISS today after extra days in space

Axiom-1 to depart from ISS today after extra days in space

Four crew members of the first fully private space tourism mission to the International Space Station (ISS), Axiom-1, are set to head home today.
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 32nd birthday with a stunning look at an unusual close-knit collection of five galaxies, called the Hickson Compact Group 40. This snapshot reflects a special moment in their lifetimes as they fall together before they merge.

Hubble turns 32, continues to reveal the wonders of space

Hubble turns 32, continues to reveal the wonders of space

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has helped uncovered secrets of the universe as well as producing some absolutely stunning images of space.
Space Debris

Scientists call for environmental protections for space

Scientists call for environmental protections for space

Scientists are calling for environmental protections of space to be put in place to account for the increasing number of satellite launches.
Wildflowers frame a view of the Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft on Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA’s huge moon rocket is heading off launchpad next week

NASA’s huge moon rocket is heading off launchpad next week

NASA is getting ready to rehouse its Space Launch System rocket following three attempts to complete wet dress rehearsal testing.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docked at the ISS.

Check out this cool NASA image of SpaceX Crew-3’s ride home

Check out this cool NASA image of SpaceX Crew-3’s ride home

A stunning image shared by NASA shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft at the ISS just a few days before it brings home the Crew-3 astronauts.
A KNaCK backpack prototype undergoing testing.

NASA’s high-tech lunar backpack aims to map surface of moon

NASA’s high-tech lunar backpack aims to map surface of moon

NASA is testing a high-tech backpack containing technology that could be used by astronauts to create highly detailed maps of the lunar surface.
solar eclipse captured from mars

Watch this solar eclipse captured from Mars

Watch this solar eclipse captured from Mars

NASA has shared some remarkable footage of a solar eclipse from Mars, captured by its Perseverance rover earlier this month.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter.

NASA marks a year since Mars drone’s historic first flight

NASA marks a year since Mars drone’s historic first flight

NASA is celebrating one year since its plucky Ingenuity helicopter became the first aircraft to achieve controlled, powered flight on another planet.
SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts.

NASA footage shows SpaceX Crew-4 training for ISS mission

NASA footage shows SpaceX Crew-4 training for ISS mission

NASA has shared raw footage of SpaceX’s Crew-4 training for their space station mission that’s set to get underway in just a few days from now.
The Ax-1 crew aboard the space station.

NASA’s private Ax-1 crew gets some extra time in space

NASA’s private Ax-1 crew gets some extra time in space

NASA’s first private astronauts at the International Space Station are getting a bit of extra time in space.
Crew-3 astronauts talk about their mission on the ISS.

Watch NASA’s Crew-3 astronauts share highlights of their ISS mission

Watch NASA’s Crew-3 astronauts share highlights of their ISS mission

NASA’s Crew-3 astronauts have been talking about their six-month mission aboard the International Space Station shortly before their return to Earth.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket heading to space.

Watch the key moments from SpaceX’s spy satellite launch

Watch the key moments from SpaceX’s spy satellite launch

SpaceX successfully launched a spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office on Sunday morning. Watch the key moments here.
NASA's SLS rocket on its way to the launchpad.

NASA’s new moon rocket to depart launchpad after failed test

NASA’s new moon rocket to depart launchpad after failed test

Following three failed attempts at completing a wet dress rehearsal involving its next-generation lunar rocket, NASA is now discussing when to try again.
The spiral galaxy M91 fills the frame of this Wide Field Camera 3 observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. M91 lies approximately 55 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Berenices and – as is evident in this image – is a barred spiral galaxy. While M91’s prominent bar makes for a spectacular galactic portrait, it also hides an astronomical monstrosity. Like our own galaxy, M91 contains a supermassive black hole at its center. A 2009 study using archival Hubble data found that this central black hole weighs somewhere between 9.6 and 38 million times as much as the Sun.

Hubble captures a serene-looking galaxy with a monster at its heart

Hubble captures a serene-looking galaxy with a monster at its heart

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy M91, a barred spiral galaxy in constellation of Coma Berenices.
The 11-person crew aboard the ISS.

How to watch Axiom-1 space tourists return from the ISS on Saturday

How to watch Axiom-1 space tourists return from the ISS on Saturday

With the first fully private space tourism mission to the International Space Station drawing to a close, the Axiom-1 crew will soon be heading back to Earth.
Artwork of the binary star system RS Ophiuchi: Matter flows from the red giant onto the white dwarf.

Hungry white dwarf feeding on red giant creates epic nova explosion

Hungry white dwarf feeding on red giant creates epic nova explosion

Astronomers using a pair of ground-based MAGIC telescopes have observed a huge nova explosion created by a pair of stars called RS Ophiuchi.
Mars Perseverance Sol 388 - Right Mastcam-Z Camera: NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Right Mastcam-Z camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover's mast. This image was acquired on March 24, 2022 (Sol 388) at the local mean solar time of 08:08:28.

What the Perseverance rover is hoping to find in the Jezero delta

What the Perseverance rover is hoping to find in the Jezero delta

A NASA scientist has explained how studying Jezero delta could help understand the history of Mars or find evidence if there was ever life on the planet.
COSMO-SkyMed mission ready for launch.

How to watch SpaceX launch a U.S. spy satellite today

How to watch SpaceX launch a U.S. spy satellite today

SpaceX will shortly be launching a spy satellite for the U.S. in a mission called NROL-85. Here's how to watch.
This artist’s conception shows the fully unfolded James Webb Space Telescope in space.

James Webb researcher on how telescope will investigate exoplanet atmospheres

James Webb researcher on how telescope will investigate exoplanet atmospheres

A researcher who will be using the James Webb Space Telescope shares how they will investigate exoplanet atmospheres.
The faintest visible stars in this raw L’LORRI image are roughly 17th magnitude, 50,000 times fainter than the unaided human eye can see. Image brightness levels have been adjusted to enhance visibility of faint stars. The exposure time was 10 seconds. Keen observers will notice that the stars are slightly elongated in this relatively unprocessed image; the Lucy team has techniques to mitigate this effect, and the optical quality is sufficient for accomplishing the science goals of the mission.

NASA’s asteroid investigator Lucy tests out its four cameras

NASA’s asteroid investigator Lucy tests out its four cameras

NASA's Lucy mission launched last year on its trip to the Trojan asteroids, located in the orbit of Jupiter, and now NASA has shared some of its first images.