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USAF's X-37B space plane.

Air Force’s experimental space plane returns after record flight

Air Force’s experimental space plane returns after record flight

The Air Force’s experimental X-37B space plane has returned to Earth after a record mission lasting 908 days, beating its previous stay in space by 129 days.
Artist's illustration of CAPSTONE approaching the moon.

NASA’s CAPSTONE arrival brings lunar space station a step closer

NASA’s CAPSTONE arrival brings lunar space station a step closer

Despite some tense moments on its way to the moon, NASA has confirmed that the CAPSTONE CubeSat has successfully completed its first orbit insertion maneuver.
A NASA spacewalk

How to watch the first NASA spacewalk in eight months

How to watch the first NASA spacewalk in eight months

NASA is about to lead its first spacewalk since March 2022, with two American astronauts embarking on their first excurions outside the space station.
James Chong, infrastructure technician at Keck Observatory, assisting with the delicate lift of the Zerodur optics bench into the observatory basement where the instrument resides.

Super-sensitive exoplanet-hunting instrument captures its first light data

Super-sensitive exoplanet-hunting instrument captures its first light data

Astronomers will soon have a new tool for hunting exoplanets, as the Keck Observatory's Keck Planet Finder instrument recently took its first observations.
As a result of a phenomenon called gravitational lensing, three different moments in a far-off supernova explosion were captured in a single snapshot by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The light from the supernova, which was located behind the galaxy cluster Abell 370, was multiply lensed by the cluster’s immense gravity. This light took three different paths through the cosmic lens of the massive cluster. The three paths were three different lengths, so when the light arrived at Hubble (on the same day in December 2010), the supernova appeared at three different stages of evolution.

Hubble captures rare image of a supernova as it happens

Hubble captures rare image of a supernova as it happens

The Hubble Space Telescope recently managed to capture three different moments of a supernova in a single image.
The James Webb Space Telescope.

James Webb’s MIRI instrument is back to full operations

James Webb’s MIRI instrument is back to full operations

This summer there was a problem with one mode on James Webb's Mid-Infrared Instrument or MIRI. Now, engineers have found a way to deal with the issue.
An artist's impression of Mars Express. The spacecraft left Earth for Mars on 2 June 2003. It reached its destination after a six-month journey, and has been investigating the planet since early 2004.

Mars Express orbiter has relayed data from seven different Mars missions

Mars Express orbiter has relayed data from seven different Mars missions

Recently the European Space Agency's Mars Express set a new record for relaying data from seven different Mars surface missions.
The Cone Nebula is part of a star-forming region of space, NGC 2264, about 2500 light-years away. Its pillar-like appearance is a perfect example of the shapes that can develop in giant clouds of cold molecular gas and dust, known for creating new stars. This dramatic new view of the nebula was captured with the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph 2 (FORS2) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), and released on the occasion of ESO’s 60th anniversary.

See the dark pillar of the Cone Nebula captured by the Very Large Telescope

See the dark pillar of the Cone Nebula captured by the Very Large Telescope

A stunning image of the dramatic Cone Nebula has been taken using the Very Large Telescope.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 civilian polar-orbiting weather satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA's Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) tech demo lifts off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 1:49 a.m. PST (4:49 a.m. EST) Nov. 10, 2022.

NASA launches weather satellite and inflatable heat shield test

NASA launches weather satellite and inflatable heat shield test

NASA has launched a new weather satellite, JPSS-2, into polar orbit. The launch also included a test of a new inflatable heat shield called LOFTID.
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop the mobile launcher at Launch Pad 39B, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Teams began walkdowns and inspections at the pad to assess the status of the rocket and spacecraft after the passage of Hurricane Nicole.

NASA sticks with Artemis I launch despite minor damage from Hurricane Nicole

NASA sticks with Artemis I launch despite minor damage from Hurricane Nicole

NASA has announced that the Space Launch System rocket is still set to be launched this week, despite suffering minor damage during Hurricane Nicole.
COSMO-SkyMed mission ready for launch.

How to watch SpaceX launch two media satellites this morning

How to watch SpaceX launch two media satellites this morning

This morning, Saturday November 12, there's a chance to catch an early SpaceX launch as the company sends two communications satellites into orbit.
The Space Shuttle Challenger launching in 1986.

Challenger space shuttle fragment found 36 years after disaster

Challenger space shuttle fragment found 36 years after disaster

NASA has confirmed the discovery of a section of the Challenger shuttle that exploded soon after launch in 1986 with the tragic loss of all seven crew members.
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop a mobile launcher at Launch Complex 39B, Monday, April 4, 2022.

NASA inspects SLS moon rocket following Hurricane Nicole

NASA inspects SLS moon rocket following Hurricane Nicole

NASA left its SLS rocket on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center as Hurricane Nicole passed through on Thursday. A team is now checking its condition.
The Cygnus cargo spacecraft after being captured by the Canadarm2 robotic arm at the ISS.

NASA’s Cygnus docks successfully with ISS despite solar array issue

NASA’s Cygnus docks successfully with ISS despite solar array issue

Despite having only one of its two solar arrays deployed, NASA’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on Wednesday.
NASA's SLS rocket on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA shifts launch date again for its mega moon rocket

NASA shifts launch date again for its mega moon rocket

A storm approaching Florida has prompted NASA to set a new target date for the launch of its mega moon rocket from the Kennedy Space Center.
NASA's SLS rocket on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA’s mega moon rocket looks tiny in this launchpad shot

NASA’s mega moon rocket looks tiny in this launchpad shot

Check out this striking image taken high above the Kennedy Space Center showing NASA's SLS rocket on the launchpad ahead of next week's maiden flight.
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus space freighter approaches the International Space Station where the Canadarm2 robotic arm is poised to capture it for docking.

NASA has an issue with the Cygnus spacecraft heading to ISS

NASA has an issue with the Cygnus spacecraft heading to ISS

NASA is assessing the condition of a Cygnus spacecraft that’s only managed to deploy one of its two solar arrays as it heads to the ISS on a supply mission.
A nearly total eclipse of November’s full “Beaver Moon” captured over the city of New Orleans before dawn on Nov. 19, 2021. The 97% eclipse clocked in at 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 24 seconds, making it the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years.

You can watch Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse even if it’s cloudy

You can watch Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse even if it’s cloudy

If cloud cover ruins your view of Tuesday's lunar eclipse, or you're in a part of the world from where it's not viewable, there's still a way to witness it.
Illustration of the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) satellite.

How to watch the launch of NASA’s JPSS-2 weather satellite this week

How to watch the launch of NASA’s JPSS-2 weather satellite this week

This Thursday, November 10, NASA will launch a weather satellite called JPSS-2 into a polar Earth orbit. Here's how to watch.
Artist’s impression of the old white dwarfs WDJ2147-4035 and WDJ1922+0233 surrounded by orbiting planetary debris, which will accrete onto the stars and pollute their atmospheres. WDJ2147-4035 is extremely red and dim, while WDJ1922+0233 is unusually blue.

Astronomers find remnants of planets around 10 billion-year-old stars

Astronomers find remnants of planets around 10 billion-year-old stars

Astronomers discovered something special orbiting two ancient white dwarfs: the remains of planets, making this one of the oldest known rocky planetary systems.
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 booster falls uncontrolled into the Pacific Ocean

Chinese rocket booster falls uncontrolled into the Pacific Ocean

A Chinese rocket booster has made an uncontrolled re-entry into the atmosphere for the second time this year.
A nearly total eclipse of November’s full “Beaver Moon” captured over the city of New Orleans before dawn on Nov. 19, 2021. The 97% eclipse clocked in at 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 24 seconds, making it the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years.

How to watch the total lunar eclipse this week

How to watch the total lunar eclipse this week

This week will see a total lunar eclipse visible in North America, South America, and Australasia, which will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2025.
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft loaded with cargo bound for the International Space Station stands vertical on Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad-0A, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 18th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver more than 8,000 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew. The CRS-18 Cygnus spacecraft is named after the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, and is scheduled to launch at 5:50 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2022, EST.

How to watch the launch of the cargo craft ‘Sally Ride’ to the ISS on Monday

How to watch the launch of the cargo craft ‘Sally Ride’ to the ISS on Monday

Early tomorrow morning, a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch carrying supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Here's how to watch.
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows two of the galaxies in the galactic triplet Arp 248 – also known as Wild's Triplet – which lies around 200 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. The two large spiral galaxies visible in this image – which flank a smaller, unrelated background spiral galaxy – appear connected by a luminous bridge. This elongated stream of stars and interstellar dust is known as a tidal tail, and it formed by the mutual gravitational attraction of the two foreground galaxies.

Hubble captures a glowing bridge of stars in Wild’s Triplet

Hubble captures a glowing bridge of stars in Wild’s Triplet

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows two of a set of three interacting galaxies called Arp 248.
Shenzhou-14 astronauts Chen Dong (C), Liu Yang (L) and Cai Xuzhe waving inside the Mengtian lab module.

China’s new space station, Tiangong, gets its third module

China’s new space station, Tiangong, gets its third module

The third module of China's new station arrived in orbit and was added to the station, and astronauts entered it for the first time.
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop the mobile launcher as it arrives at Launch Pad 39B, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Artemis I mission is the first integrated test of the agency’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, SLS rocket, and supporting ground systems. Launch of the uncrewed flight test is targeted for Nov. 14 at 12:07 a.m.

Space Launch System rocket back at the launchpad ready for Artemis I launch

Space Launch System rocket back at the launchpad ready for Artemis I launch

NASA's Space Launch System rocket has arrived back on the launch pad ahead of its launch later this month.
This illustration, updated as of March 2021, depicts NASA's Psyche spacecraft. Set to launch in August 2022, the Psyche mission will explore a metal-rich asteroid of the same name that lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

NASA’s Psyche mission goes ahead, but VERITAS mission is delayed

NASA’s Psyche mission goes ahead, but VERITAS mission is delayed

NASA's Psyche mission to the metal asteroid Psyche is on, but it'll mean pushing back the VERITAS mission to Venus.
how to photograph perseid meteor shower streak in the night sky

Do look up to enjoy November’s space treats

Do look up to enjoy November’s space treats

This month is an exciting one for skywatchers, with a total lunar eclipse, an enormous star, and a meteor shower three highlights to enjoy.
A helicopter attempting to catch a falling rocket booster.

Rocket Lab will use a helicopter to catch a falling rocket booster

Rocket Lab will use a helicopter to catch a falling rocket booster

New Zealand spaceflight company Rocket Lab is planning to catch the first-stage of an Electron rocket as it falls back to Earth shortly after launch on Friday.
The International Space Station.

Space Station received special visitors 22 years ago today

Space Station received special visitors 22 years ago today

On this day 22 years ago, three astronauts arrived at the International Space Station to begin what's turned out to be a continuous human presence in orbit.
This selfie of NASA’s InSight lander is a mosaic made up of 14 images taken on March 15 and April 11 – the 106th and 133rd Martian days, or sols, of the mission – by the spacecraft Instrument Deployment Camera located on its robotic arm.

How NASA’s Mars InSight lander mission will end

How NASA’s Mars InSight lander mission will end

NASA's InSight lander reached Mars four years ago and has been working to gather data about the red planet's interior. But the mission will soon come to an end.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket heads to space on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

Watch the launch highlights of world’s most powerful rocket

Watch the launch highlights of world’s most powerful rocket

SpaceX launched its mighty Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday morning in a mission that deployed two classified satellites for the U.S. Space Force.
NASA's SLS rocket on the launchpad in the summer of 2022.

NASA ‘on track’ for SLS rocket launch in November

NASA ‘on track’ for SLS rocket launch in November

Following several failed attempts to get its next-generation SLS rocket airborne, NASA has announced it's currently on track for a November 14 launch.

How to watch the launch of the world’s most powerful operational rocket

How to watch the launch of the world’s most powerful operational rocket

SpaceX is targeting Tuesday, November 1, for the launch of its mighty Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Here's how to watch.