The Parker Solar Probe will have company on its next pass by the sun

Parker Solar Probe illustration

The Parker Solar Probe is no stranger to the sun. On January 17, the NASA spacecraft will make its seventh close pass of our star, coming within 14 million kilometers of its scorching surface. And this time, Parker will have plenty of company. A lucky celestial lineup means that dozens of other observatories will be […]

An Ice Probe on Earth Could Help Us Find Life in Space

 The north winds were a problem. At Summit Station in Greenland, atmospheric scientists depend on the pristine air for atmospheric monitoring, so when the winds blow, any kind of air pollution could interrupt those measurements. And that meant Mike Malaska and his colleagues couldn’t even ride snowmobiles to their research site about […]

Asteroid Ryugu dust delivered to Earth; NASA astrobiologists prepare to probe it

A zoomed-out image of a speck of Murchison meteorite (about 4 micrograms) mounted onto gold foil, inside a glass ampoule. This was taken as NASA Goddard astrochemists were about to execute their hot water extraction procedure to liberate any organic compounds that can dissolve in water. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Eric T. Parker On […]

Chinese probe prepares to return moon rocks to Earth

In this China National Space Administration (CNSA) photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a simulated image of the ascender of Chang’e-5 spacecraft blasting off from the lunar surface at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) in Beijing on Dec. 3, 2020. The Chinese lunar probe lifted off from the moon Thursday night with a cargo […]

China’s Chang’e 5 probe lifts off from moon carrying lunar samples

China has launched a small spacecraft from the surface of the moon in the critical next step in the ambitious Chang’e 5 mission to bring lunar samples to Earth. The small probe, which sat on top of the Chang’e 5 lander, lifted off from Oceanus Procellarum at 10:10 EST Thursday (15:10 GMT/23:10 Beijing time) carrying […]

NASA asteroid probe stows space-rock sample for return to Earth

The left image shows OSIRIS-REx’s collector head hovering over the Sample Return Capsule (SRC) after the probe’s robotic arm moved it into the proper position for capture. The right image shows the collector head secured onto the capture ring in the SRC. Both images were captured by OSIRIS-REx’s StowCam camera. (Image credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed […]