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Here’s where Mars InSight will touch down November 26

“If you were a Martian coming to explore Earth’s interior, it wouldn’t matter if you put down in the middle of Kansas or the beaches of Oahu … The beauty of this mission is happening below the surface.”

Curiosity rover on the move again

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover drove about 197 feet (60 meters) over this past weekend to a site called Lake Orcadie. This was Curiosity’s longest drive since experiencing a memory anomaly on September 15.

One of the oldest stars in the universe

The star could be only a single generation removed from the Big Bang. It’s the new recorder-holder for having the fewest “metals,” that is, the fewest of the heavier elements made inside stars and released to space via supernovae.

E.T., we’re home!

A new study from MIT suggests that existing laser technology could be used to signal alien astronomers on a distant world. But should it be used?

Could ‘Oumuamua be an alien lightsail?

The object we call ‘Oumuamua entered our solar system a year ago and quickly left again. It’s a very puzzling object. Could it be an alien lightsail? A new paper from Harvard discusses that possibility.

Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojans gets the nod from NASA

There are perhaps as many Trojan asteroids orbiting 60 degrees ahead of and behind Jupiter as in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. Now NASA has given a go-ahead for the 1st mission to Jupiter’s Trojans.

The US and Europe take a next step toward the moon

The European Service Module – eventually to be used to power and propel NASA’s Orion spacecraft in the 1st manned moon mission since the 1970s – leaves Europe today and arrives in the U.S. tomorrow.

Timelapse shows 25 years of Supernova 1987A

If you were alive and interested in astronomy then, you’ll remember Supernova 1987A, the 1st supernova visible in Earth’s skies since 1604. The new timelapse shows its aftermath over a 25-year period, 1992 to 2017.

Dusk for Dawn mission to asteroids

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has gone silent. The mission to explore the 2 largest bodies in the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres, is at an end.

Bold new plan announced to explore alien ocean worlds

Earth is not the only ocean world in the solar system. In fact, there are several. A new paper just published in Astrobiology seeks to plan out the best ways to explore these alien oceans.