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A fragile-looking lunar landing vehicle, seen from its mothership to be descending.

China’s Chang’e 5 mission has landed on the moon

China’s robotic Chang’e 5 launched successfully last week atop a Chinese Long March 5 rocket. Now it’s reported to have landed on the moon. It’s scheduled to bring back moon rocks later this month.

The SLS core stage is seen atop the B-2 test stand, ready for ignition.

NASA to test its SLS megarocket in the coming weeks

The ongoing pandemic has slowed testing for NASA’s Space Launch System megarocket, but the process is resuming and has checked off a key milestone: powering up the core stage.

SpaceX Crew-1 docks successfully with ISS

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew-1 spacecraft launched Sunday evening. The rocket returned to Earth for an upright landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft went on to dock with the International Space Station on Monday evening, transporting 4 astronauts.

The International Space Station is seeing "floating" in space with Earth in its background.

The International Space Station is 20 and going strong

20 years ago, three astronauts stepped aboard the ISS. It’s since hosted residents from many countries, creating humanity’s first history of living in space.

The Starship spacecraft is seen towering over onlookers with a clear sky backdrop.

SpaceX Starship as a trash collector in Earth orbit?

SpaceX Starship’s many tasks may include launching humans into space, carrying satellites into orbit and — perhaps — removing troublesome pieces of space debris.

A moon just past 1st quarter.

SOFIA finds water on the moon’s sunlit surface

For the first time ever, scientists have identified water on the moon’s sunlit surface, using SOFIA, an airborne observatory. Water on the moon also appears more widespread than previously thought.

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson is seen floating in the ISS while Earth's ocean is covered by clouds just outside a window's view.

What astronauts think about life away from Earth

Axiom is an aerospace company making new possibilities accessible to humanity. Watch as astronauts retell their experience launching from Earth and living in space.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard completed its 7th launch and landing this week

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket successfully launched an uncrewed test flight on October 13, with both its capsule and booster later executing a flawless landing.

The James Webb Space Telescope displays its large and striking yellow sunshield with foldable structures surrounding it.

James Webb Space Telescope passes environmental testing

The James Webb Space Telescope – successor to the Hubble – just passed a series of environmental testing trials, designed to simulate the rigors of its anticipated launch in 2021.

SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites this week

After 2 weeks of scrubs, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off October 6, 2020, carrying 60 more Starlink satellites to orbit. The rocket successfully landed at sea 9 minutes later. Video of the launch and landing here, plus steps taken to reduce the bright satellites’ effect on astronomy.