Zooming into the sun with Solar Orbiter

Solar Orbiter's latest images shows the full sun in unprecedented detail. They were taken on 7 March, when the spacecraft was crossing directly between the Earth and sun.

Solar Orbiter crosses the Earth-sun line as it heads for the sun

The ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft is speeding towards its historic first close pass of the sun. On 14 March, the spacecraft will pass the orbit of Mercury, the scorched inner planet of our solar system, and on 26 March ...

Japanese billionaire gets ready for December space mission

A forthcoming flight to space by a Japanese billionaire will allow the public to have a closer look at life on board the International Space Station, the president of Space Adventures, a company that organized the flight, ...

NASA spacecraft takes a picture of Jupiter … from the Moon

You may know the feeling of seeing Jupiter through your own telescope. If it gives you the chills—like it does for me—then you'll know how the team for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter felt when they turned their spacecraft ...

China wants to build a spaceship that's kilometers long

It's no secret that China has become a major contender in spaceflight. In the past 20 years, the China National Space Agency (CNSA) has accomplished some historic firsts. This includes sending astronauts to space, deploying ...

Sights and sounds of a Venus flyby

ESA's Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo spacecraft made a historic Venus flyby earlier this week, passing by the planet within 33 hours of each other and capturing unique imagery and data during the encounter.

Hot dates: 2 spacecraft to make Venus flyby

Two spacecraft are set to swoop past Venus within hours of each other this week, using the maneuver to do a little bit of bonus science on the way to their main missions at the center of our solar system.

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