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Two Black Brant X sounding rockets lift off side-by-side in this fisheye, timelapse photo captured from the world’s northernmost launch site in Svalbard, Norway. read more...

Mars Rover Opportunity Team 'Still Holding onto a Sliver of Hope'
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has been silent since June 10, a casualty of a mega-dust storm. But the robot's handlers haven't given up yet on Opportunity, which touched down on Mars in January 2004. read more...

On This Day in Space! Dec. 11, 1972: Apollo 17 Astronauts Land on the Moon
On Dec. 11, 1972, Apollo 17 became the last mission to launch humans on the moon. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series! read more...

What's Next for NASA's Voyager 2 in Interstellar Space?
Voyager 2 has passed an incredible milestone in its journey to explore the solar system by entering interstellar space, but neither its travels nor its science are ending any time soon. read more...

Three Surprising Facts About the Physics of Magnets
Magnets and the magnetic force are ubiquitous in our everyday lives, helping to guide us in unfamiliar territory and attach our kids' artwork to the fridge. read more...

Satellite Snowman! Saturn Moons Align in Dazzling Photo
The icy Saturn satellites Dione and Rhea do their best impression of a snowman in a newly released photo captured by NASA's late Cassini spacecraft. read more...

Asteroid Bennu Had Water! NASA Probe Makes Tantalizing Find
NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe, which just arrived at the asteroid Bennu last week, has already found lots of hydrated minerals on the space rock, mission team members announced today (Dec. 10). read more...

You Can Beam a Message to NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft for Historic Flyby!
NASA's New Horizons probe is getting set for the farthest-out flyby in history, and you can send some words of encouragement to help the spacecraft get across the finish line. read more...

Ultima Thule in Sight! New Horizons Probe Snaps New Photo of Its Target
The small object Ultima Thule swims amid a sea of distant stars in a new photo captured by NASA's approaching New Horizons around midnight EST (0500 GMT) on Dec. 1. read more...

Voyager 2: Sailing Among Giant Planets
Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have visited all four giant outer planets in the solar system and is now the second spacecraft to reach interstellar space. read more...

Iron Man Is Lost in Space in 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer!
The latest installment of the "Avengers" series shows the superhero Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) adrift in space and nearing the end of his oxygen supplies as the rest of the team tries to fight back against the evil Thanos. read more...

Apollo 8 Astronaut Frank Borman Donates Artifacts for EAA Exhibit
Fifty years to the month after some of the items launched with him on the first mission to fly humans to the moon, Frank Borman's personal space memorabilia collection has gone on public display at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. read more...

Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel. read more...

It's Official! NASA's Famed Voyager 2 Spacecraft Reaches Interstellar Space
It's time to say goodbye to one of the most storied explorers of our age: Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space. read more...

2018 Geminid Meteor Shower This Week May Be the Year's Best
What might well be the best meteor shower of 2018 is heading our way with a peak Thursday night, lasting into the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning: It's the annual performance of the Geminid meteor shower. read more...

Dolphin-Shaped Cloud Swims Across Jupiter in This Awesome NASA View
A new series of NASA images showcase a dolphin-shaped cloud moving across Jupiter's southern belt. read more...

Why Satellites Need Cybersecurity Just Like You
Any modern person who spends time on the internet is familiar with the basic principles of cybersecurity — but imagine you're in charge of a satellite that people around the globe rely on. read more...

Geminid Meteor Shower: Dust From an Asteroid
The Geminids come from an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon, but scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how it sheds enough debris to produce the bright meteor shower. read more...

Perseids: Bright Meteor Shower in August
The Perseids meteor shower arises out of the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last made a pass by Earth in 1992. read more...

Leonid Meteor Shower: Bright Fireballs in November
The Leonids take place every year in November. Once a generation, it is possible for a storm of meteors to occur with a peak of about 1,000 an hour – or even more. read more...