Pieces of Chinese Long March 5B rocket expected to hit Earth’s surface this weekend

Pieces of Chinese Long March 5B rocket expected to hit Earth’s surface this weekend

A massive booster from Chinese Long March 5B rocket, launched on July 24, 2022, is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere over the weekend, with some of its pieces surviving the descent and hitting the surface. The rocket delivered the Wentian experiment module to China’s Tiangong Space Station.

Gaia data release 3: The most detailed Milky Way survey to date

Gaia data release 3: The most detailed Milky Way survey to date

On June 13, 2022, ESA releases its third and new full data set made by the Gaia observatory located at L2 Lagrangian point – about 1.5 million km or 930 000 miles from Earth. Among other things, this catalog includes chemical compositions, stellar temperatures, colors, masses, ages, and the speed at which stars move towards or away from us.

James Webb telescope hit by micrometeoroid, sustains no major damage

James Webb telescope hit by micrometeoroid, sustains no major damage

Between May 23 and 25, 2022, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sustained a micrometeoroid impact to one of its primary mirror segments. While such strikes are an unavoidable aspect of operating any spacecraft, this most recent impact was larger than was modeled, and beyond what could have been tested on the ground.

Powerful farside eruption captured by Solar Orbiter in unique image

Powerful farside eruption captured by Solar Orbiter in unique image

The ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft has captured the largest solar prominence eruption ever observed in a single image together with the full solar disc. This latest event took place on February 15, 20221 on the far side of the Sun and extended millions of…

Starlink satellites falling from the sky caught on videos

Starlink satellites falling from the sky caught on videos

Starlink satellites are falling from the sky after a G1 – Minor geomagnetic storm hit Earth just a day after they were launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 3, 2022. Preliminary analysis shows that the storm caused significantly increased…

First close-up images of Ganymede in more than 20 years

First close-up images of Ganymede in more than 20 years

The first two images from Juno spacecraft's June 7, 2021, flyby of Jupiter’s giant moon Ganymede have been received on Earth. This was the closest any spacecraft has come to this moon in a generation. The photos – one from the Jupiter orbiter’s…

First flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

First flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2019, NASA said in a press release. The Ingenuity team at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California…