It’s Official: Voyager 2 Has Entered Interstellar Space

A human-made object has entered the space between the stars for the second time in history, scientists report. Read More >>

NASA Spacecraft Spots Signal of Water on Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has already detected evidence of water on its target, the asteroid Bennu, just a week after arriving. Read More >>

New Images from Mars Show NASA’s InSight Landed on an Absolutely Glorious Spot

It’s been a couple of weeks since InSight made its picture-perfect landing on Mars. Vivid new photos taken from the landing site are finally giving mission controllers a sense of the landscape around the stationary probe—and the early signs are very positive. Read More >>

How NASA’s Mission to Bennu Will Keep Earth Safe from Asteroids

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission won’t just take pretty pictures of the asteroid Bennu—it will also help scientists learn whether the rock will one day threaten Earth. Read More >>

Chinese Spacecraft Launches on Mission to the Far Side of the Moon

China launched its Chang’e 4 lander and rover today (December 8, 2:22 a.m. local time) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, as part of a mission that hopes to land on the far side of the Moon. Read More >>

Why Scientists Tried to Measure All of the Starlight That Ever Shone

Astronomers this week announced that they’d attempted to measure all of the starlight in the universe. Read More >>

This New NASA Mission Will Create an Unprecedented, 3D Map of Earth’s Forests

The secret to stabilising Earth’s climate could rest in the world’s forests. That’s why, this week, a team of researchers is sending a high-tech reconnaissance operative to the International Space Station to figure out how much carbon is stored in our planet’s trees. Read More >>

NASA’s Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Has Arrived at Its Target

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx arrived today at its target asteroid, Bennu, an important step on its mission to collect a sample from an asteroid and return it to Earth. Read More >>

Dead Kepler Telescope Caught ‘Exquisite’ Observation of Mystifying Supernova

NASA’s recently retired Kepler space telescope was famous for its ability to spot thousands of exoplanets, but this year, it presented a mysterious observation of a supernova. Read More >>

Curiosity Rover Just Spotted This Super-Shiny Object on Mars

An unusually smooth and reflective Martian rock has caught the attention of NASA scientists, prompting an investigation by the Curiosity rover. Read More >>

NASA Names Private Companies That Will Help It Send Science Experiments to the Moon

NASA announced the names of companies that would be able to bid on contracts for lunar exploration projects as part of its Commercial Lunar Payload Services at a press conference yesterday. Read More >>

NASA’s InSight Lander Sends Back Stunning Image of the Martian Horizon

NASA’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) probe successfully completed its soft landing on Mars on Monday after a six-month, 300 million mile journey. And it’s already sending back photos of the desolate Red Planet from its landing site on the Elysium Planitia, courtesy of a post on the lander’s official Twitter feed reading, “There’s a quiet beauty here. Looking forward to exploring my new home.” Read More >>

NASA’s InSight Probe Just Touched Down on Mars—Here’s What’s Next

Now that NASA’s InSight probe has successfully landed, you might wonder what’s next for it. Well, humanity’s latest probe to the Martian surface isn’t just interested in rocks and molecules. The InSight lander is interested in the Red Planet as a whole, including what’s happening deep beneath the surface. Read More >>

NASA Finally Schedules Test of SpaceX Spacecraft Designed for Astronauts

The first flight test of an unpiloted SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has been scheduled for January, NASA announced this week. The test marks an important milestone for the United States, which hasn’t been able to independently deliver astronauts to space since 2011 when the Space Shuttle program was retired. Read More >>

How NASA Plans to Keep Its Newest Mars Lander From Crashing to Pieces

NASA’s newest Martian lander is slated to do groundbreaking geologic research on the Red Planet. But first, it has to touch down this coming Monday. And landing on Mars is no easy feat. Read More >>