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InSight halfway there! Update on Opportunity rover

Updates on 2 Mars missions, 1 old and 1 new. Insight is on course for a November touchdown. The 15-year-old Opportunity rover lost contact with Earth months ago, due to a global dust storm, but the engineering team is hopeful.

Compare sizes of sun and stars

It’s hard to get your head around the sheer size of objects in space, but take 2 minutes and give it a try!

Carbon monoxide from California wildfires drifts east

What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. This animation, made from satellite data, shows carbon monoxide from the state’s massive wildfires drifting eastward all the way across the U.S.

Wow! Zoom to the Milky Way’s center

Decades of work have gone into probing the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. Click in for a video showing stars orbiting the 4-million-solar-mass black hole at our galaxy’s core.

Want to trick your ears?

You’ll enjoy this video of audio illusions from the guys at AsapSCIENCE. Can you understand the talking piano?

How NASA will shield solar probe from crazy heat

The Parker Solar Probe, expected to launch Saturday, will get closer to the sun than any spacecraft in human history. How will the spacecraft withstand the heat?

Young star caught eating its planet

It had been theorized that some young stars might devour their planets. Now astronomers have the 1st solid evidence – from the Chandra X-ray Observatory – of just such an event caught in the act.

These spacecraft are studying Mars dust

Raging, planet-wide dust storms – like the one going on now – happen only every 6 to 8 years on Mars. Here’s how NASA spacecraft are studying it, plus a cool before-and-after video! 

Amazing Kilauea volcano imagery you might have missed

For more than 2 months, lava has been pouring from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, destroying homes and remaking the land. A compilation of photos and videos, here.

Apollo and the moon-landing hoax

Why do people persist in denying that human beings landed on the moon?