Space & Astronomy News

On This Day in Space! Oct. 21, 2008: India Launches Its 1st Moon Mission
On Oct. 21, 2008, the Indian Space Research Organization launched its first mission to the moon. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series! read more...

New Book Showcases the Incredible Women of 'Star Wars'
Last Thursday (Oct. 4) at Comic Con, author Amy Ratcliffe discussed her new book "Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy" at a panel moderated by voice actor Ashley Eckstein. read more...

'First Man': A New Vision of the Apollo 11 Mission to Set Foot on the Moon
The Apollo 11 lunar landing was the first time humans stepped on another celestial body, and the events leading up to that historic moment – which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year – are depicted in the new movie First Man, out in cinemas today. read more...

Welcome to Space! BepiColombo Spacecraft Headed to Mercury Snap 1st Photo
The European-Japanese BepiColombo mission captured its first photo on Saturday (Oct. 20), a day after lifting off from French Guiana. The image is a selfie showing a solar array and an insulation-wrapped sun sensor. read more...

BepiColombo: Joint Mission to Mercury
BepiColombo is a planned European-Japanese mission to Mercury. It is set to launch in 2018. read more...

Here's How to Watch International Observe the Moon Night 2018 Online Tonight!
Oct. 20 is International Observe the Moon Night, an annual celebration allowing people all over the world to enjoy the science and beauty from looking at our closest neighbor. Two livestreams will allow you to participate online. read more...

BepiColombo's Path: Why Does It Take So Long to Get to Mercury?
The European and Japanese space agencies launched their first mission to Mercury yesterday, but now, the mission's engineers and admirers have to endure a seven-year wait before the project's science begins in earnest. read more...

Chandra X-ray Observatory Should Return to Action Next Week
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory remains on course to bounce back from its gyroscope issues soon, mission team members said. read more...

Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It
Some of the brightest and swiftest shooting stars will bedazzle the night sky this year during the Orionid meteor shower, which will peak between Oct. 20 and 22 and continue through early November. read more...

Neil Armstrong and the America That Could Have Been
According to a Gallup Poll from 1999, only 50 percent of those surveyed could even name Neil Armstrong as the first man to land on the moon. read more...

BepiColombo Spacecraft Launch on 7-Year Trek to Mercury for Europe and Japan
A joint European-Japanese mission to the tiniest planet, Mercury, blasted off from French Guiana on its long journey tonight (Oct. 19, Oct. 20 GMT). read more...

This Hunk of Metal Fell From Space and Landed in California
Iridium 70 fell out of orbit Oct. 10. A few days later, one of its fuel tanks caused a stir in central California. read more...

The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!
Here are our picks for the most amazing space photos of the week. read more...

Space Force to be the Topic of Next National Space Council Meeting
The status of proposals to create a separate branch of the U.S. military devoted to space will be the subject of the next meeting of the National Space Council on Oct. 23. read more...

Five in a Row! See the Planets Align in the Night Sky
For the second time this year, the five brightest planets can be seen at the same time. You can catch them by looking towards the western sky after sunset. The planets will form a line rising up from the horizon. read more...

International Observe the Moon Night 2018 Saturday Marks Apollo's 50th Anniversary
People taking part in International Observe the Moon Night (IOTN) on Saturday (Oct. 20) have an extra thing to celebrate: the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon program this month. read more...

Curiosity Rover on Mars Exercises Its 'New' Brain (Photo)
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is putting its "new" brain to work a bit while mission team members try to fix a memory issue with the "old" one. read more...

AstroCritic Review: 'First Man' Shows You What Real Astronauts Are Like
I grew up in the 1960s, during the beginning of the space race. The first astronauts were my heroes, and it was the Apollo 11 moon landing that kicked off my dream of becoming an astronaut myself. read more...

BepiColombo in Pictures: A Mercury Mission by Europe and Japan
Tiny Mercury is a strange planet that may hide secrets to how our solar system formed — and that's why the European and Japanese space agencies decided to build a pair of spacecraft to study it. read more...

Image of the Day
Three galaxies in deep space appear to form an astronomical smiley face in this image from the Hubble Space Telescope. Beneath its two bright-yellow "eyes" is an arc-shaped galaxy that has been gravitationally lensed. read more...