Collecting Samples From Asteroid Bennu May Be Harder Than NASA Realised, New Findings Suggest 

NASA scientists have released a boatload of data from OSIRIS-REx, the spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Bennu. There are lots of interesting results – and some potential unforeseen challenges when it comes to collecting a sample. Read More >>

The Hayabusa2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu Just Dropped Its First Scientific Results

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 mission has released its first batch of scientific results on asteroid Ryugu – and it’s revealed a bunch of surprises about the small, spinning rock. Read More >>

In 1997, NASA’s Pathfinder Mission Unknowingly Landed Near the Shores of a Ancient Martian Sea

Nearly 25 years ago, the Pathfinder spacecraft explored a suspected floodplain on Mars. Unbeknownst to NASA at the time, the waters that long ago carved Pathfinder’s landing site spilled out from a previously undocumented inland sea nearby, new research shows. Read More >>

Opportunity’s Final Panorama Gives Us One Last View From Inside the Endeavour Crater

NASA may have declared its Opportunity rover lost, but we’ll always have its data and bank of raw images. The mission team has now processed an incredible panorama from these files for your viewing pleasure. You can see it below and scroll around a larger version on the NASA press page here. Read More >>

Unopened Lunar Samples from Apollo Missions Will Finally be Studied

During the Apollo missions, NASA smartly set aside some lunar materials knowing future scientists would likely be better equipped to analyse them. Now, nearly 50 years later, the space agency is giving a select group of researchers the extraordinary opportunity to study these unopened and untarnished samples. Read More >>

NASA Satellite Captures Optical Illusion Where the Moon Appears to Go Backwards

Earlier this week, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured a strange series of images in which the Moon appears to go rogue, crossing the Sun as usual but then briefly pausing to change direction. No, it’s not a sign of cosmological armageddon, but an optical illusion familiar to astronomers. Read More >>

SpaceX Crew Dragon’s Test Mission Ends With Successful Splashdown in the Atlantic

SpaceX’s new commercial astronaut capsule, the Crew Dragon, has completed its first test flight, falling into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning. Read More >>

The First All-Women Spacewalk Is Finally Happening

NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will make history on 29 March by becoming the first all-women team to perform a spacewalk, which they’ll do outside the International Space Station. Read More >>

NASA Captures First-Ever Images of Intersecting Shockwaves From Two Supersonic Jets

An air-to-air imaging technology developed by NASA has resulted in the first images ever taken of interacting shockwaves produced by in-flight supersonic jets. The new images, in addition to being beautiful, will help NASA design jets capable of producing gentle rumbles instead of loud sonic booms when breaking the sound barrier. Read More >>

Google Has Made a Massive Online Museum of Human Achievement

Google's Arts & Culture arm has unveiled an enormous online exhibition of human discovery and invention called Once Upon a Try. Read More >>

China Plans to Launch Its Own Mars Probe Next Year

China’s space agency plans to launch a probe to Mars next year, following its recent successful landing on the Moon’s far side, according to a statement from one of the country’s prominent space scientists. Read More >>

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With ISS, Without Use of Robotic Arm

A day after its launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX’s uncrewed Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station, CNN reported on Sunday. Read More >>

Check Out This Incredible X-Ray ‘Superbubble’ That’s Nearly 5,000 Light-Years Wide

This incredible image shows a pair of “nuclear superbubbles,” one over 4,900 light-years across and the other over 3,500 light-years. They’re emanating from the center of the galaxy NGC 3079, likely the result of a central black hole consuming matter and spewing it back out. Read More >>

SpaceX and NASA Launch Test Flight of Crew-Ready Dragon Capsule to ISS

Aerospace company SpaceX and NASA launched the uncrewed Dragon spacecraft in the early hours of Saturday morning from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, marking a significant step forward in NASA again being able to send astronauts to space without the assistance of its international partners. Read More >>

Spacecraft Spots Evidence That Groundwater Once Saturated Mars

Scientists report finding evidence for an ancient planet-wide groundwater system on Mars, according to a new study. The clues appeared in images taken by Mars orbiters. Read More >>