The Moon became a key focus point for NASA in 2017, whether it was blocking out the Sun during one of the most-viewed events in U.S. history, or reinvigorating the agency’s human space exploration plans.
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New Horizons will fly by its next exploration target, a distant Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69 in early 2019.
If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without use.
Every now and then when the sun sets, a bright light appears on the western horizon. Gliding silently overhead, it is the biggest spacecraft ever built by humankind, the International Space Station (ISS), carrying a precious cargo of astronauts around Earth.
But the ISS is more than just a bright light in the night sky. It is also an out-of-this-world research laboratory.
It seems like even black holes can’t resist the temptation to insert themselves unannounced into photographs. A cosmic photobomb found as a background object in images of the nearby Andromeda galaxy has revealed what could be the most tightly coupled pair of supermassive black holes ever seen.
The next stop on our virtual tour is Venus, the closest planet to Earth and the hottest planet in our solar system, with surface temperatures scorching enough to melt lead.
By monitoring the color of reflected light via satellite, scientists can determine how successfully plant life is growing.
This visualization follows sea salt, dust, and smoke from July 31 to November 1, 2017 to reveal how these particles are transported across the map.