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How to watch SpaceX Starlink launch with booster on 13th mission

In a few hours, SpaceX will launch a further batch of Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit using one of its Falcon 9 rockets. Here's how to watch.
An artist's impression of Swarm, ESA's first Earth observation constellation of satellites.

ESA satellite in a race against time to dodge space junk

The accumulation of junk which is damaging to the environment isn't only a problem here on Earth: it's also a problem in space.
Dust from northwest Africa blows over the Canary Islands in this image captured by the NOAA-20 satellite on Jan. 14. An upcoming NASA mission, the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT), will help scientists better understand the role of airborne dust in heating and cooling the atmosphere.

New dust-mapping instrument arrives at International Space Station

Delivered to the International Space Station today was a new instrument designed to track how small particles of dust can have a big impact on Earth's climate.
The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship approaches the space station during an orbital sunrise above the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX Dragon docks with ISS carrying research and fresh vegetables

An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station, carrying a variety of scientific experiments and supplies for the crew.
Vega-C launches on its inaugural mission VV21 on 13 July 2022.

Watch highlights of the first launch of new European rocket

The European Space Agency launched a new rocket for the first time this week, with the inaugural mission of the Vega-C.
Jupiter, center, and its moon Europa, left, are seen through the James Webb Space Telescope’s NIRCam instrument 2.12 micron filter.

James Webb captures Jupiter’s moons and rings in infrared

The James Webb Space Telescope made headlines with its ability to look deep into the universe, but it will also be used to look at some targets closer to home.
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Save $1,000 on the incredible LG C1 OLED TV at Best Buy

We found a killer deal for up to $1,000 off the gorgeous LG C1 OLED TV at Best Buy, available in sizes from 48 inches to 83 inches.
This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” speckled with glittering stars is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth.

Gorgeous images show off James Webb telescope’s remarkable abilities

If yesterday's deep field image got you excited for the James Webb Space Telescope, there's a veritable feast of space images on offer today.
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This first image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail. Thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground.

See the universe in stunning detail in first James Webb image

NASA today released the first science image from the world's most powerful space telescope, showing the infrared universe in a depth never seen before.
The James Webb Space Telescope.

How to watch the release of the first James Webb Space Telescope images

This week will see a huge event in the world of astronomy with the release of the first science images from the James Webb Space Telescope. Here's how to watch.
Illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) LICIACube prior to impact at the Didymos binary system.

What will happen when spacecraft DART crashes into an asteroid

NASA's DART spacecraft is on a mission to crash into an asteroid. Now researchers have modeled what will happen when it does so.
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observation has captured the galaxy CGCG 396-2, an unusual multi-armed galaxy merger which lies around 520 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Orion.

Epic galaxy merger imaged by Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble has captured two galaxies merging, located 520 million light-years from Earth in the Orion constellation.
Illustration of an ultracool dwarf with a companion white dwarf. Ace citizen scientist Frank Kiwy used the Astro Data Lab science platform at NSF’s NOIRLab to discover 34 new ultracool dwarf binary systems in the Sun’s neighborhood, nearly doubling the number of such systems known.

Citizen scientist discovers a raft of ultracool binary stars

It's not only professional astronomers who make amazing discoveries about space -- sometimes enthusiastic amateurs make impressive scientific discoveries too.
Vega-C on pad VV21 livery artist's impression.

How to watch the first launch of a new European rocket on Thursday

This week, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its new rocket, the Vega-C, on its first flight. Here's how to watch.
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The International Space Station has a new way to dispose of trash

Even astronauts on the International Space Station have to take out the trash.
The drill hole where Perseverance collected its 9th sample.

Perseverance rover scoops up a sample from Mars’ Jezero delta

NASA's Perseverance rover recently starting exploring an area of Mars called the Jezero crater delta, and this week it collected its ninth sample so far.
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NASA’s CAPSTONE satellite maneuver sends spacecraft on its way to lunar orbit

NASA's CAPSTONE satellite is on its way to orbit around the moon, following a software issue which caused it to lose contact with Earth this week.
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Here are the cosmic targets for James Webb’s Telescope’s first images

This week will see the release of the first science images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and NASA has announced which objects the images will show.
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures the sparkling globular cluster NGC 6569 in the constellation Sagittarius. Hubble explored the heart of this cluster with both its Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys, revealing a glittering hoard of stars in this astronomical treasure trove.

Hubble captures a glittering cluster of thousands of stars

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a stunning field of stars called a globular cluster.
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A Chinese orbiter has mapped the entire surface of Mars

The Chinese Tianwen-1 orbiter has completed imaging the entire surface of Mars, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced this week.
The team conducted a tethered launch of an early version of the sailplane, in which it descended slowly to Earth attached to a balloon.

Motorless sailplane for exploring Mars soars like an albatross

Researchers have proposed an experimental sailplane that operates without a motor and that could sail through the Martian air for days at a time.
In the Sensing With Independent Micro-Swimmers (SWIM) concept, illustrated here, dozens of small robots would descend through the icy shell of a distant moon via a cryobot – depicted at left – to the ocean below. The project has received funding from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

Fleet of tiny robots could one day explore subsurface oceans on icy worlds

A fleet of tiny robotic explorers could one day swim through the subsurface oceans of icy worlds.
Space Launch System rocket during the wet dress rehearsal.

NASA’s next-generation rocket returns to assembly building today

NASA's next-generation rocket, the Space Launch System, will return to its home at the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today.
An artist's impression of an asteroid approaching Earth

Good news: Threatening asteroid won’t impact Earth in 2052

The asteroid 2021 QM1, marked as one of the most threatening to our planet, won't hit Earth after all.
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Virgin Orbit successfully launches its first night mission

Virgin Orbit launched seven satellites using its LauncherOne system last night, Friday, July 1, in its first nighttime launch.
MIRI Flight Instrument Undergoing Alignment Testing

Just one instrument mode left and the James Webb Telescope will be ready for science

James Webb is almost ready to start work. Now, the Mid-Infrared instrument (MIRI) has completed its checks and NASA has announced that it is ready for science.
Artist’s illustration of the Lucy concept.

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft has almost completely deployed its stuck array

Good news for NASA's Lucy spacecraft, the solar array of which is now almost completely deployed.
The massive galaxy cluster Abell 1351 is captured in this image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. This galaxy cluster lies in the constellation Ursa Major in the northern hemisphere.

This galaxy cluster is so massive it warps space-time and bends light

An image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy cluster named Abell 1351, so unimaginably massive it is bending space-time itself.
One of the MeerKAT antennae.

Linking 64 antennae together to see the radio universe on a grand scale

Astronomers have linked up data from the 64 antennae of the MeerKAT telescope to map the cosmos on a large scale.
An image of the 22nd orbit of the Juno spacecraft around Jupiter shows the region close to the north pole of the planet. There is a huge diversity in the colors and shapes of these vortices (hurricane-like storms). Scientists need to create a catalog of these storms in order to understand how they form.

You can help analyze Juno images of Jupiter’s clouds

A citizen scientist project is inviting members of the public to help identify atmospheric features in Juno data.
Seen are six views of the Nili Fossae region of Mars captured by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, or CRISM, one of the instruments aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

This giant map of minerals on Mars is a piece of modern art

NASA recently released the first part of a map of the martian surface, in the form of a 5.6 gigapixel image in 72 colors.
Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket sits on the pad at the company’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand for wet dress rehearsal ahead of the CAPSTONE launch.

How to watch NASA launch a satellite into an experimental lunar orbit

This Monday, NASA is launching a tiny satellite with a big mission - to test a never-before-tried orbit around the moon for a future lunar outpost.
A rocket body impacted the Moon on March 4, 2022, near Hertzsprung crater, creating a double crater roughly 28 meters wide in the longest dimension. LROC NAC M1407760984R; image enlarged 3x

See the crater left by a space junk impact on the moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped an image showing the crater created by a Chinese rocket booster which crashed into the moon earlier this year.