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NASA's SLS rocket on its way to the launchpad.

Watch NASA’s trailer for new show on highly anticipated lunar mission

Watch NASA’s trailer for new show on highly anticipated lunar mission

As part of the build-up to the highly anticipated Artemis I lunar mission, NASA is releasing a new five-part series called Artemis I, Path to the Pad.
An image of a supernova remnant created by Setonix, Australia's newest supercomputer.

Check out this supercomputer’s stunning image of a supernova remnant

Check out this supercomputer’s stunning image of a supernova remnant

Australia’s newest supercomputer, Setonix, has crunched masses of data to create a stunning image of a supernova remnant.
This star-studded image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the heart of the globular cluster NGC 6638 in the constellation Sagittarius. The star-strewn observation highlights the density of stars at the heart of globular clusters, which are stable, tightly bound clusters of tens of thousands to millions of stars. To capture the data in this image, Hubble used two of its cutting-edge astronomical instruments: Wide Field Camera 3 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Thousands of stars sparkle in this week’s Hubble image

Thousands of stars sparkle in this week’s Hubble image

A sky full of stars is on glorious display in this week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope.
This image is part of a larger mosaic taken with the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope. It’s from a patch of sky near the handle of the Big Dipper. This is one of the first images obtained by the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science Survey (CEERS) collaboration.

Looking back on some of the universe’s oldest galaxies with James Webb

Looking back on some of the universe’s oldest galaxies with James Webb

The James Webb Space Telescope continues to astonish, with early data providing a tantalizing glimpse at some extremely distant and extremely old galaxies.
ISRO's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle launches for the first time from Sriharikota, India on Sunday, August 7.

India successfully launches new rocket but fails to deploy satellites into stable orbit

India successfully launches new rocket but fails to deploy satellites into stable orbit

The Indian space agency launched its new SSLV rocket, but its two satellite payloads were placed into an incorrect orbit and have since been destroyed.
Earth as seen by NOAA's GOES-18 weather satellite.

No one is quite sure how long a day on Earth lasts, it turns out

No one is quite sure how long a day on Earth lasts, it turns out

Days on Earth are getting shorter. Or maybe they're getting longer? It's complicated.
This week, we feature an image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4303, also known as Messier 61, which is one of the largest galactic members of the Virgo Cluster. Being a so-called starburst galaxy, it has an unusually high amount of stars being born, and has been used by astronomers as a laboratory to better understand the fascinating phenomena of star formation.

See elements as colors in this galaxy where stars are being born

See elements as colors in this galaxy where stars are being born

A stunning image of the starburst galaxy NGC 4303 shows different elements in different colors, giving a peek into how stars form.
A poster produced by NASA to celebrate the Curiosity Mars rover’s tenth anniversary on the Red Planet.

Wish a very happy 10th landing anniversary to Mars rover Curiosity

Wish a very happy 10th landing anniversary to Mars rover Curiosity

Today NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates 10 years on the red planet, and it's still going strong.
A view of Moonikin “Campos” secured in a seat inside the Artemis I Orion crew module atop the Space Launch System rocket in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 3, 2022.

NASA gets ready for Artemis lunar launch later this month

NASA gets ready for Artemis lunar launch later this month

NASA is getting ready for a new era of lunar exploration with the upcoming Artemis I mission launch. Now, teams are working on final testing and preparations.
At 24 feet (7.3 meters) across each, Lucy’s two solar panels underwent initial deployment tests in January 2021. In this photo, a technician at Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, Colorado, inspects one of Lucy’s arrays during its first deployment. These massive solar arrays will power the Lucy spacecraft throughout its entire 4-billion-mile, 12-year journey through space as it heads out to explore Jupiter’s elusive Trojan asteroids

How engineers fixed Lucy spacecraft’s solar array issue as it whizzed through space

How engineers fixed Lucy spacecraft’s solar array issue as it whizzed through space

NASA's Lucy spacecraft had a troubled start to its mission, with a deployment issue affecting its solar power system. Here's how they fixed it.
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Light it up like dynamite: South Korea launches first lunar mission

Light it up like dynamite: South Korea launches first lunar mission

South Korea began its first mission to the moon this week with the launch of its Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) mission from Florida.
VSS Unity during a test flight to the edge of space.

Virgin Galactic keeps its space tourism customers waiting … again

Virgin Galactic keeps its space tourism customers waiting … again

Virgin Galactic has again delayed the launch of its space tourism service, leaving those who’ve already forked out for a ticket having to wait even longer.
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NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover hails its ‘dusty dozen’

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover hails its ‘dusty dozen’

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has pointed the way to a special website where you can learn more about all of the rock and soil samples it's collected to date.
Rocket Lab's Electron rocket on a mission for the NRO.

Watch this U.S. spy satellite get launched to orbit by SpaceX rival

Watch this U.S. spy satellite get launched to orbit by SpaceX rival

Watch Rocket Lab's video of its workhorse Electron rocket blasting an American spy satellite into orbit from New Zealand on Thursday.
NASA's next-generation SLS rocket.

NASA says it’s looking good for lunar launch weeks from now

NASA says it’s looking good for lunar launch weeks from now

With 100,000 people expected to turn up to watch, NASA says it’s on track for the late-August maiden launch of its next-generation lunar rocket.
The Cartwheel Galaxy captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Check out Webb telescope’s most amazing image yet

Check out Webb telescope’s most amazing image yet

NASA has shared a breathtaking image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope showing the Cartwheel Galaxy some 500 million light-years from Earth.
Virtual Incision's MIRA robot.

Remote surgery robot to be tested on space station

Remote surgery robot to be tested on space station

NASA is gearing up to test a remote surgery robot aboard the space station with the idea of one day deploying it for crewed missions to deep space.
Artist's visualization of the Gateway spacecraft with scientific instruments aboard.

NASA video reveals complexity of Lunar Gateway plan

NASA video reveals complexity of Lunar Gateway plan

The space agency has shared a fascinating video that reveals the complexity of its plan to build and maintain the Lunar Gateway.
A Chinese Long March-5B rocket launches from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan province, carrying the space station module Wentian on July 24, 2022.

Chinese rocket debris comes down near villages

Chinese rocket debris comes down near villages

Debris from a recent Chinese rocket re-entry has reportedly been found close to several villages in Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Nile River as seen from the space station.

6 awesome Earth images captured from the ISS in July

6 awesome Earth images captured from the ISS in July

Check out our selection of some of the most striking Earth images taken from the International Space Station during July.

Check out NASA’s skywatching tips for August

Check out NASA’s skywatching tips for August

NASA is back again with its monthly roundup up of skywatching treats, which this time includes a chance to view the distant ice giant planet Uranus.
This luminescent image features multiple galaxies, perhaps most noticeably LEDA 58109, the lone galaxy in the upper right. LEDA 58109 is flanked by two further galactic objects to its lower left — an active galactic nucleus (AGN) called SDSS J162558.14+435746.4 that partially obscures the galaxy SDSS J162557.25+435743.5, which appears to poke out to the right behind the AGN.

Hubble captures a diverse trio of galactic objects

Hubble captures a diverse trio of galactic objects

Researchers share stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope every week, and this image shows a trio of galactic objects of varying different types.
This is a spectacular high-Sun view of the Mare Tranquillitatis pit crater revealing boulders on an otherwise smooth floor. This image from LRO's Narrow Angle Camera is 400 meters (1,312 feet) wide, north is up.

Future moon explorers could stay cozy in lunar pits

Future moon explorers could stay cozy in lunar pits

Future moon explorers could make a cozy home base away from the alternately freezing and hot conditions of the lunar surface by sheltering in lunar pits.
Artist impression of ESA's EnVision mission.

How ESA is getting its spacecraft ready to explore hellish conditions of Venus

How ESA is getting its spacecraft ready to explore hellish conditions of Venus

Recently the European Space Agency revealed information about how it will test and prepare its EnVision craft for Venus's hellish conditions.
A Chinese Long March-5B rocket launches from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan province, carrying the space station module Wentian on July 24, 2022.

NASA condemns Chinese space debris’ free fall to Earth

NASA condemns Chinese space debris’ free fall to Earth

Debris from a Chinese rocket has made an uncontrolled re-entry into Earth's atmosphere over Southeast Asia.
This image shows the first measurements taken by EMIT on July 27, 2022, as it passed over Western Australia. The image at the front of the cube shows a mix of materials in Western Australia, including exposed soil (brown), vegetation (dark green), agricultural fields (light green), a small river, and clouds. The rainbow colors extending through the main part of the cube are the spectral fingerprints from corresponding spots in the front image. The graph on the right shows spectral fingerprints for a sample of soil, vegetation, and a river from the image cube.

Space-based dust monitoring instrument takes its first measurements

Space-based dust monitoring instrument takes its first measurements

NASA has a new tool for monitoring Earth's climate, with the EMIT instrument on board the International  Space Station taking its first measurements this week.
The VIPER engineering team observe the rover prototype's ability to navigate the fluffy lunar soil simulant in the SLOPE lab at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

See NASA’s VIPER rover navigate a lunar obstacle course

See NASA’s VIPER rover navigate a lunar obstacle course

The moon is no easy place for a little rover to explore -- from its sharp, glass-like dust o the pockmarks and craters, it's a challenging place to move around.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash towards the middle of the Sun – on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and which is colorized in teal.

The sun is even more active than expected right now

The sun is even more active than expected right now

The sun goes through a regular 11-year cycle of activity. But so far in this cycle, the sun is even more active than predicted.
This eight-image mosaic was acquired by Pathfinder July 5, 1997, the second Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The newly deployed Sojourner rover – the first of its kind on the Red Planet – sits on the Martian surface after driving down Pathfinder’s ramp.

It’s been 25 years since the first NASA rover landed on Mars

It’s been 25 years since the first NASA rover landed on Mars

This month saw a very special martian aniversary, as NASA celebrated 25 years since the Pathfinder mission touched down on Mars.
The potential supernova spotted by the James Webb Space Telescope.

James Webb Space Telescope may have spotted its first supernova

James Webb Space Telescope may have spotted its first supernova

The James Webb firsts keep coming, with the new space telescope having recently spotted its first supernova.
NASA's Mars Sample Return mission.

NASA makes dramatic change to Mars Sample Return mission

NASA makes dramatic change to Mars Sample Return mission

NASA has announced a dramatic change to its Mars Sample Return mission, which will attempt to transport samples of martian rock all the way to Earth.
International Space Station

Space station looks set to become a bit less international

Space station looks set to become a bit less international

Russia will stop sending cosmonauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as 2025, the country’s new space chief confirmed this week.
The James Webb Space Telescope Forever stamp.

James Webb Space Telescope stamp release date revealed

James Webb Space Telescope stamp release date revealed

The United States Postal Service has revealed the launch date for pre-orders of the James Webb Space Telescope Forever stamp.
This intriguing observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a gravitationally lensed galaxy with the long-winded identification SGAS J143845+145407. Gravitational lensing has resulted in a mirror image of the galaxy near the center of this image, creating a captivating centerpiece. A third distorted image of the galaxy appears as a bridge between them.

Hubble shows a galaxy’s mirror image due to phenomenon of gravitational lensing

Hubble shows a galaxy’s mirror image due to phenomenon of gravitational lensing

The Hubble Space Telescope is a constant source of pictures of the wonders of space, and this week's image shows a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.