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By Monika Pronczuk

In its first hiring drive in over a decade, the continent’s space agency is looking to recruit disabled people and more women.

By The Associated Press

NASA scientists and engineers on Friday showed some of the first images received from the Perseverance rover’s first day and night on the surface of Mars.

By Reuters

NASA successfully landed its new robotic rover on Mars Thursday, a mission to directly study if there was ever life on the planet.

By Kenneth Chang

Perseverance’s arrival extends the successful U.S. landing record on the planet, and brings sophisticated tools to the hunt for alien life.

By Shannon Stirone

NASA’s sole means of sending commands to the distant space probe, launched 44 years ago, is being restored on Friday.

By Richard Sandomir

As the space agency’s first female payload specialist, she conducted experiments about the impact of weightlessness on astronauts’ immune systems and loss of bone mass.

By Michael Roston

The Tianwen-1 mission is the second of three new visitors to Mars this month.

By Kenneth Chang

The Hope spacecraft fired its engines on Tuesday and was grappled by the planet’s gravity to begin its atmospheric science studies.

By Reuters

A test flight of SpaceX’s Starship, Elon Musk’s next-generation spacecraft which is intended to one day land on Mars, was launched on Tuesday for a brief flight, but came to an explosive end.

By Kenneth Chang

After defying the F.A.A. during its last test flight in December, the company got approval but didn’t succeed in sticking the landing.

By Kenneth Chang

Jared Isaacman, 37-year-old founder of Shift4 Payments, is chartering a trip to orbit and raffling a seat to a random winner to raise money for childhood cancer research.

By William J. Broad

The Biden administration faces not only waves of Chinese antisatellite weapons but a history of jumbled responses to the intensifying threat.

By William J. Broad

The Biden administration is inheriting the menace of Chinese antisatellite arms as well as an innovative way of trying to defuse the escalating threat.

By Robin George Andrews

A handful of other six-star systems have been discovered, but this one is unique.

By Richard Sandomir

At a time when there were few other Black astrophysicists, he developed a telescopic device that went to the moon on Apollo 16.

By Kenneth Chang

The booster of the Space Launch System was in good condition after a test was cut short, officials said.

By Becky Ferreira

The Nebra sky disk, which has been called the oldest known depiction of astronomical phenomena, is a “very emotional object.”

By Kenneth Chang

Before NASA’s giant Space Launch System can go to the moon, it needs to ignite its engine in a “hot fire” stationary test.

By Kenneth Chang

A test firing of the engines of the Space Launch System was halted after only about a minute, meaning NASA astronauts may have to wait longer before setting foot on the moon again.

By Nicholas St. Fleur

All year long, Earth passes through streams of cosmic debris. Here’s a list of some major meteor showers and how to spot them.

By Michael Roston

Never miss an eclipse, a meteor shower, a rocket launch or any other astronomical and space event that's out of this world.

By Michael Roston

Here’s a preview of what to expect in space and astronomy in the year to come.

By Shannon Stirone

While observing the planet’s large inky storm, astronomers spotted a smaller vortex they named Dark Spot Jr.

By The New York Times

One day that has room for three distinct astronomical events.

By Reuters

The lunar capsule from China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft returned to Earth early Thursday, bringing back as much as 4.4 pounds of rock and soil samples from a volcanic plain known as Mons Rümker.

By Christina Morales

On the first-anniversary celebration of the newest branch of the U.S. armed forces, Vice President Mike Pence announced that Space Force members would be called Guardians.

By Reuters

During Wednesday’s test flight of the SpaceX Starship prototype, a rocket Elon Musk envisions ferrying humans to Mars, it launched into the sky but glided back to Earth before it exploded while attempting to land.

By Nicholas St. Fleur

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

By Kenneth Chang

Among the group are astronauts who could be the first woman on the moon.

By Kenneth Chang

Although the Beresheet lunar landing ended in a crash last year, SpaceIL wants to try again with a more complex mission by 2024.

By Kenneth Chang

The company described the test of the next-generation spacecraft as “awesome” even though it ended in a fiery blast.

By The Associated Press

A capsule from Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft re-entered Earth’s atmosphere Saturday after being launched in 2014 to explore and collect samples from an asteroid named Ryugu. It landed and was recovered in the Australian outback.

By Richard Goldstein

A World War II fighter ace and Air Force general, he was, according to Tom Wolfe, “the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff.”

By Michael Levenson

On Dec. 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear to be no more than a dime’s width apart in the night sky. The last time that could be seen was in 1226.

By Kenneth Chang

Chang’e-5 will soon attempt to dock in lunar orbit with another spacecraft, ahead of returning a cache of moon rocks and dirt to scientists on our planet.

By Kenneth Chang

Within hours of arriving, it started drilling and scooping lunar rocks and soil to bring back to Earth.

By Maria Cramer

Astronomers and residents of Puerto Rico mourned as an eye on the cosmos shuttered unexpectedly overnight.

By Steven Lee Myers and Kenneth Chang

The mission will now collect samples, aiming to return with them to Earth by mid-December.

By Nicholas St. Fleur

Penumbral eclipses are subtle, but there are good reasons to try to notice one.

By Reuters

China launched a spacecraft to the moon’s surface on Monday. The mission, called Chang’e-5, is China’s aim to be the first country in more than four decades to bring back samples of lunar rocks and soil.

By Steven Lee Myers and Kenneth Chang

It has been four decades since lunar samples were brought to Earth, and the Chang’e-5 spacecraft’s bounty could have great scientific value.

By Jonathan O’Callaghan

Not thought to be volcanically active, Mars may have experienced an eruption just 53,000 years ago.

By Azi Paybarah

“Docking confirmed,” the company founded by Elon Musk announced Monday night.

By Nicholas St. Fleur

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

By Kenneth Chang

Here’s what you need to know about four astronauts’ journey to the International Space Station on Sunday.

By Kenneth Chang and Allyson Waller

The crew will spend some 27 hours in a capsule built by the private company before docking with the space station Monday night.

By Kenneth Chang

An experiment aboard the space station showed that bacteria were effective at extracting rare earth elements from rocks.

By Sandra E. Garcia

Halloween will be the first blue moon visible in every time zone since 1944. Might be good to charge those crystals!

By Kenneth Chang

Future astronauts seeking water on the moon may not need to go into the most treacherous craters in its polar regions to find it.

By Kenneth Chang

The OSIRIS-REX spacecraft collected rock and dirt samples from Bennu, but it appears to be losing some of what it grabbed.

By Kenneth Chang

The spacecraft succeeded in pogo-sticking off the space rock, hinting that it may have been able to capture a large sample to bring back to Earth.

By Kenneth Chang

The spacecraft attempted to suck up rocks and dirt from the asteroid, which could aid humanity’s ability to divert one that might slam into Earth.

By Nicholas St. Fleur

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

By Dennis Overbye

He was a scientist who succeeded in seeing the unseeable and hoped to tune in to extraterrestrial life.

By Kenneth Chang

“Any school district now that affords football can afford spaceflight.”

By Kenneth Chang

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket hasn’t flown space tourists yet, but it has found a business niche with NASA and private science experiments.

By Stanley Reed

Spurred by Brexit, London is backing companies that will build satellites and haul them into orbit.

By Kenneth Chang

Space weather experts believe the sun has entered a new sunspot cycle, and expect it to be a relatively quiet one.

By Jonathan O’Callaghan

Rocket Lab may be able to send a small spacecraft to probe the clouds of Venus long before NASA or other space agencies are able to do so.

By Shannon Stirone

Much visited in an earlier era of space exploration, the planet has been overlooked in recent decades.

By Becky Ferreira

It’s a tale of bronze, iron, looting and archaeological conflict.

By Dennis Overbye

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope is temporarily crippled by an accident.

By Katherine Kornei

Researchers have used reflective prisms left on the moon’s surface for decades, but had increasingly seen problems with their effectiveness.

By Dennis Overbye

The mysterious dimming of the red supergiant Betelgeuse is the result of a stellar exhalation, astronomers say.

By Adam Mann

Enjoy it while you can. The frozen ball of ice won’t return to the inner solar system for 6,800 years.

By Nicholas St. Fleur

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

By Becky Ferreira

The F.C.C. approved the company’s 3,236-satellite constellation, which aims to provide high-speed internet service around the world.

By Dennis Overbye

Astronomers might have found the ultradense remnant of an explosion that wracked a nearby galaxy.

By Kenneth Chang

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley left the space station on Saturday night, preparing for a Gulf of Mexico splashdown on Sunday.

By Neil Vigdor and Allyson Waller

“We need to do a better job next time” of securing the area, the NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said.

By Kenneth Chang

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth in the first water landing by an American space crew since 1975.

By Kenneth Chang

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are getting ready to splash down after two months in orbit.

By Kenneth Chang

The United States has an unparalleled record of success on the red planet’s surface, but NASA’s engineers aren’t resting on their laurels.

By Kenneth Chang

Passengers able to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a seat can escape gravity for a few minutes.

By Dennis Overbye

In a new book, planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson recalls how the Red Planet drew her to become a scientist.

By Sarah Scoles

Scientists have used Mars jars to study questions in astrobiology for decades. Many didn’t know where they come from.

By Katharine Q. Seelye

The last living member of the Mercury 7 couples who helped define America’s early space program, she went on to become a writer and television host.

By Becky Ferreira

How habitable was early Mars? Why did it become less hospitable? And could there be life there now?

By Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean

For over a decade, the program, now tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, has discussed mysterious events in classified briefings.

By Steven Lee Myers

A goal of the Tianwen-1 launch is to catch up with decades of American success on the red planet, all in one mission.

By The New York Times

Lifting off from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, it is the first of three missions headed to the red planet this summer.

By Kenneth Chang

Images of the new phenomenon were captured by Solar Orbiter, a joint European-NASA mission to study the sun.

By Dennis Overbye

The universe will have to wait a little longer.

By Kenneth Chang

The launch of the Hope orbiter was delayed because of weather. The goal is for it to make contributions to research on the red planet. But the Emirati government really hopes it will inspire future scientists.

By Stanley Reed

Pushed by Brexit, the U.K. government will have a platform to expand into the space business.

By Kenneth Chang

The agency identified the causes of mishaps in orbit during an uncrewed test flight of its Starliner spacecraft in December.

By Shannon Hall

As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible.

By Kenneth Chang

As part of its next Mars mission, NASA is sending an experimental helicopter to fly through the red planet’s thin atmosphere.

By Jonathan O’Callaghan

Researchers propose a new model to explain the formation of most of the meteorites that make it to Earth.

By Kenneth Chang

Seven years ago, entrepreneurs planned trips to the stratosphere, but tourists never got off the ground. They’re trying again.

By William J. Broad

Researchers enlisted quantum physics to send a “secret key” for encrypting and decrypting messages between two stations 700 miles apart.

By Michelle Dowd

There are about a septillion stars in the observable universe. You can bring a fraction into your home — which is more than enough.

By Kenneth Chang

Astrobotic, a Pittsburgh company, won a $199.5 million contract to transport NASA’s VIPER rover to the lunar surface.

By Jim Robbins

Using tiny sensors and equipment aboard the space station, a project called ICARUS seeks to revolutionize animal tracking.

By Kenneth Chang

The president has tried to parlay space policy into an upbeat campaign issue for the 2020 election.

By Peter Baker

The president, beleaguered by a pandemic, economic troubles and racial unrest, viewed the liftoff as a welcome moment of triumph that he celebrated with a campaign rally-style speech.

Look back at the day when a NASA crew headed to the space station from the United States for the first time since the space shuttles were retired in 2011.

By Kenneth Chang

Persistent clouds did not clear in time, pushing the launch back to either Saturday or Sunday, the next window of opportunity.

By Mariel Padilla

Many beachside hotels along the state’s Space Coast were already at capacity before Wednesday’s scheduled launch, a local tourism executive said.

By J. D. Biersdorfer

If NASA’s new 2020 missions have inspired an interest in science and celestial objects, these apps and sites can open a whole new batch of worlds.