Mice Galaxies – Overview

Located 300 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices, these two colliding galaxies were captured by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 2002. The Mice Galaxies (which are also known as NGC 4676) are a pair of interacting galaxies. The galaxies have been nicknamed “The Mice” because of the long […]

New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes Up

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has woke up today after six months of electronic hibernation. Flying through the Kuiper Belt more than 3.7 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) from Earth, New Horizons phoned home to let NASA flight controllers know it’s in good health. “We were here in the mission operations center, and it was great,” said Mission operations […]

Russian space capsule lands in Kazakhstan with 3 onboard

A Soyuz space capsule carrying Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan’s Norishige Kanai from the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan. The capsule hit the ground at 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT) Sunday. Anton Shkaplerov, who was the first to be lifted and carried from the capsule, told the camera crew: “We are a bit tired but happy […]

SpaceX launches communications satellite

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida early Monday, boosting a powerful SES satellite into space that will deliver direct-to-home TV, broadband and data relay services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and the Middle East. The first stage has flown once before, in September 2017, carrying the robotic X-37B space plane for […]

Venus – Overview

Named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus is the Earth’s closest neighbor and the second planet from the Sun at a distance of about 67 million miles. Venus has been observed since the dawn of Mankind. It is the brightest object in the sky except for the Sun and the Moon. The planet itself is […]

There is floating water in space

There is a massive water vapor cloud floating in space so large that it could provide each person on Earth an entire planet’s worth of water—20,000 times over. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world’s ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away. A quasar […]

Craters on Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned one of the first images of Ceres in more than a year. This picture was captured on May 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 270 miles (440 kilometers). The large crater near the horizon is about 22 miles (35 kilometers) in diameter. Named after the Roman goddess of corn and harvests, Ceres […]