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London welcomes in 2024 with a display of drones and fireworks.

Watch London ring in 2024 with drones, and a LOT of fireworks

London has just welcomed the New Year with a massive fireworks display that also deployed drones during the 15-minute extravaganza.
This photo of Saturn was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on October 22, 2023, when the ringed planet was approximately 850 million miles from Earth. Hubble's ultra-sharp vision reveals a phenomenon called ring spokes. Saturn's spokes are transient features that rotate along with the rings. Their ghostly appearance only persists for two or three rotations around Saturn. During active periods, freshly-formed spokes continuously add to the pattern.

Hubble snaps an image of dark spokes in Saturn’s rings

The Hubble Space Telescope is investigating something strange about the beautiful rings around Saturn.
Curiosity rover

See the passing of a day on Mars with the Curiosity rover

On a quiet day the Curiosity rover captured the view around it using its forward and rear cameras, showing the progression of a Martian day.
This image revealing the north polar region of the Jovian moon Io was taken on October 15 by NASA’s Juno. Three of the mountain peaks visible in the upper part of image, near the day-night dividing line, were observed here for the first time by the spacecraft’s JunoCam.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft to pass within 1,000 miles of volcanic moon Io

NASA's Juno spacecraft, current in orbit around Jupiter, will soon be making a close flyby of one of the planet's most dramatic moons, Io.
Two NASA astronauts test an elevator for the Artemis III lunar mission.

NASA tests moon elevator for Artemis III mission

NASA has been testing an elevator that will transport the Artemis III astronauts from the Starship HLS lander to the lunar surface.
SpaceX launches the USSF-52 mission on December 28, 2023.

Watch the highlights of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch on Thursday night

SpaceX has successfully launched its triple-booster Falcon Heavy rocket on a mission to deploy an experimental space place for the U.S. Space Force.
NASA's SLS rocket launching at the start of the Artemis I mission.

NASA video looks ahead to an exciting 2024

With 2023 pretty much a wrap, NASA has shared a video highlighting some of the exciting endeavors that it has planned for next year.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX eyeing weather for Thursday’s Falcon Heavy launch. Here’s how it looks

SpaceX needs favorable weather conditions on Thursday for the fifth attempt at getting the USSF-52 mission off the ground. Here's how the forecast looks ...
A Falcon 9 booster coming in to land.

SpaceX loses record-setting rocket booster, but not in the way you think

It turns out that for SpaceX, landing a rocket booster upright on a droneship in the ocean upright is the easy part. It’s getting it back to land that’s tricky.
The Falcon Heavy rocket on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX gears up for 5th try at launching Falcon Heavy rocket

Following four scrubbed attempts to launch the Falcon Heavy earlier this month, SpaceX is preparing to try again this week.
Four astronauts aboard the ISS offer holiday messages.

Watch ISS astronauts share holiday messages with earthlings

Four astronauts aboard the International Space Station took time out on Monday to share some personal holiday messages with earthlings.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off in December 2023.

SpaceX sets new annual launch record for Falcon rockets

SpaceX has had its busiest year yet, launching more Falcon rocket missions than ever, though it fell just short of reaching a major milestone.
The billion stars in galaxy UGC 8091 resemble a sparkling snow globe in this festive Hubble Space Telescope image from NASA and ESA (European Space Agency). The dwarf galaxy is approximately 7 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. It is considered an "irregular galaxy" because it does not have an orderly spiral or elliptical appearance. Instead, the stars that make up this celestial gathering look more like a brightly shining tangle of string lights than a galaxy.

Hubble gets festive with a string of cosmic Christmas lights

Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope are getting into the festive spirit with a holiday image showing a dwarf irregular galaxy called UGC 8091.
The Running Chicken Nebula comprises several clouds, all of which we can see in this vast image from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST), hosted at ESO’s Paranal site. This 1.5-billion pixel image spans an area in the sky of about 25 full Moons. The clouds shown in wispy pink plumes are full of gas and dust, illuminated by the young and hot stars within them.

See a festive cosmic chicken captured by the VLT Survey Telescope

A new image from the VLT Survey Telescope shows a beautiful region called the Running Chicken Nebula, which makes for a striking festive scene.
A Falcon 9 booster coming in to land.

Relive SpaceX’s first booster landing exactly 8 years ago

Exactly eight years ago, SpaceX nailed its first Falcon 9 landing, paving the way for a system that has significantly reduced the cost of space access.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired this image on May 22, 2021 using its black and white navigation camera. This camera is mounted in the helicopter’s fuselage and pointed directly downward to track the ground during flight.

NASA’s Mars helicopter just flew a colossal distance

During its 69th flight on Mars this week, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter flew a colossal distance, setting a new record in the process.
SpaceX tests the engines on the Starship spacecraft.

Watch SpaceX’s dramatic drone view of Starship test ahead of 3rd flight

SpaceX has shared dramatic footage showing a recent engine test involving its Starship spacecraft ahead of its third test flight atop the Super Heavy rocket.
This illustration depicts the distribution of diazenylium molecule radiation (false colours) in the Whirlpool Galaxy, compared with an optical image. The reddish areas in the photograph represent luminous gas nebulae containing hot, massive stars traversing dark zones of gas and dust in the spiral arms. The presence of diazenylium in these dark regions suggests particularly cold and dense gas clouds.

Scientists investigate star formation in the famous Whirlpool Galaxy

Scientists are turning to the beautiful and famous Whirlpool Galaxy to detect areas where stars could eventually be born.
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See how Blue Origin’s rocket did in first flight since 2022 explosion

Blue Origin has returned to flight 15 months after a midair explosion involving its suborbital New Shepard rocket grounded its operation.
An Artemis II astronaut comes down a slide as part of training.

Astronaut training for moon mission looks like a fun day at a playground

Part of NASA's training for the Artemis II astronauts includes sending them down a little slide. But there's a good reason for the exercise.
SpaceX's Super Heavy booster on its way to the launchpad.

SpaceX shares stunning night shots of festive-looking Super Heavy rocket

SpaceX has shared a trio of awesome night shots showing its mighty Super Heavy booster being rolled to the launchpad ahead of the Starship's third test flight.
Taters the cat in a video beamed from deep space.

A NASA cat video in deep space just did something very special

NASA has streamed the first ultra-HD video (of a cat!) via laser from deep space, paving the way for higher-data-rate communications in future missions.
This image of Uranus from NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope shows the planet and its rings in new clarity. The Webb image exquisitely captures Uranus’s seasonal north polar cap, including the bright, white, inner cap and the dark lane in the bottom of the polar cap. Uranus’ dim inner and outer rings are also visible in this image, including the elusive Zeta ring—the extremely faint and diffuse ring closest to the planet.

James Webb captures a unique view of Uranus’s ring system

A festive new image from the James Webb Space Telescope has been released, showing the stunning rings of Uranus.
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is pictured approaching the space station above the Indian Ocean on March 16, 2023.

How to watch a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft depart the ISS this week

This week, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft will depart from the International Space Station after a brief one-month stay. Here's how to watch.
How a paved road and landing pad might look on the moon.

NASA video highlights first commercial delivery service to the moon

NASA has shared a video highlighting its plan to launch the first commercial delivery service to the moon that will radically advance its explorations there.
The Falcon Heavy on the launchpad in December 2023.

SpaceX reveals new launch date for 5th attempt at Falcon Heavy mission

SpaceX has revealed a new target launch date for a mission that will see its triple-booster Falcon Heavy rocket carry an experimental space plane to orbit.
New Shepard lifts off from Launch Site One in West Texas for the NS-16 mission on July 20, 2021.

How to watch Blue Origin’s rocket return to flight

The mission marks a return to flight after Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket exploded in midair shortly after its last launch in September 2022.
Astronaut Loral O’Hara sets up an exercise cycle.

In a gym 250 miles above Earth, astronauts sweat for science

With the demands of gravity absent, astronauts must spend hours per day exercising to maintain the muscles they'll still need back on Earth.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the upper right – on Dec. 14. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares, and which is colorized in teal.

Sun emits most powerful solar flare observed in six years

This week, the sun let out a powerful solar flare - the most powerful since 2017, and among the most powerful recorded to date.
An interacting galaxy system known as Arp-Madore 2105-332, that lies about 200 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Microscopium.

Hubble captures a formation of galaxies neatly lined up

A new Hubble image shows both an interacting galaxy system, and a string of galaxies which happen to line up in a neat procession.
Water from the subsurface ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus sprays from huge fissures out into space.

Key ingredient for life found at Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus

Researchers have found a key ingredient for life in the plumes of water which spew from Enceladus's surface.
Artist’s illustration of one of the Voyager spacecraft.

Computer glitch hampers Voyager 1’s communication system

The nearly 50 year old spacecraft has experienced a glitch which means it is no longer sending science data back to Earth.
The central portion of the star cluster IC 348. Astronomers combed the cluster in search of tiny, free-floating brown dwarfs.

James Webb spots tiniest known brown dwarf in stunning star cluster

A new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows a stunning view of a star cluster that contains one of the smallest brown dwarfs ever identified.
The once-missing tomatoes, looking a bit squashed.

NASA video tells the tale of the missing space tomatoes

NASA has shared a video telling the story of the disappearing space tomatoes, a mysterious tale that recently made headlines around the world.