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The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) took this snapshot of the Large Magellanic Cloud (right) and the bright star R Doradus (left) with just a single detector of one of its cameras. It's part of TESS' “first light” image.

This image could contain hundreds of nearby undiscovered planets — including a few like Earth

NASA has released the first images from its new orbiting space telescope. TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, could discover thousands of new planets.
An enhanced-color image of planet Jupiter taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft in September 2018.

NASA’s $1 billion Juno spacecraft is probing Jupiter’s deepest secrets — here are Juno’s biggest discoveries so far

NASA's Juno probe reached Jupiter in July 2016, and scientists' view of the solar system has not been the same since. The $1 billion mission has taken stunning images of the gas giant and probed its deepest secrets with a suite of instruments.
The International Space Station (ISS).

‘Watch out, America!’: Astronauts in space photographed Hurricane Florence, and they say the view is ‘chilling’

Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm headed for the US's East Coast and predicted to start affecting South Carolina and North Carolina as early as Thursday. Because of its enormous size and power, the storm has been a recent — if not frightening — muse for astronaut photography.
An illustration of NASA's Dawn spacecraft flying toward Ceres using its ion thrusters.

NASA’s only mission to the asteroid belt is dying after 11 years in space — but it might tee up a future discovery of alien life

In 2007, NASA launched an ion-propelled probe called Dawn toward the asteroid belt. It has visited a huge asteroid called Vesta and a Texas-sized dwarf planet called Ceres, which may hide a salty ocean (and possibly alien life). But the spacecraft is almost out of fuel and may die in September.
NASA's solar-powered Opportunity rover is trying to wait out a global dust storm on Mars.

NASA’s longest-lived robot on Mars may be dying. Here’s why there’s a good chance Opportunity won’t call home.

NASA's Opportunity rover began hibernating on June 10 to wait out a global dust storm on Mars, but the solar-powered robot has yet to phone home. NASA will give it 45 days to wake up — or end the 15-year mission.

‘This story is officially nuts’: Russia thinks someone with a drill caused the recent air leak on the International Space Station —&...

NASA fixed an air-leaking hole on the International Space Station last week. A micrometeorite strike was one suspected cause of the 2-millimeter-wide breach, but Russia's space agency said it was either a technical mistake or sabotage by a drill. Alleged NASA photos appear to show drill marks.
From left, Apollo 1 astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee pose in front of their Saturn 1 launch vehicle at Launch Complex 34 at the Kennedy Space Center.

From peeing in a ‘roll-on cuff’ to pooping into a bag: A brief history of how astronauts have gone to the bathroom in space for 57 years

It isn't easy to go to the bathroom in space. Some astronauts say it's their least favorite part of working in zero gravity. A variety of makeshift solutions have been sent into space, including pee bags, roll on "cuffs," diapers, strappy toilet seats, and $19 million commodes.
NASA's Parker Solar Probe launches into space on a powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket on August 12, 2018.

NASA is about to ‘touch’ a star for the first time — here are the hellish conditions the Parker Solar Probe must survive

NASA's Parker Solar Probe successfully launched into space on August 12 on an unprecedented mission to "touch" the sun. But now it needs to endure temperatures will reach a searing 2,500 degrees as the spacecraft zooms through the star's atmosphere at speeds close to 430,000 mph.
Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, is hiring hundreds of people to put boots on Mars.

SpaceX is quietly planning Mars-landing missions with the help of NASA and other spaceflight experts. It’s about time.

Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, is building a huge spacecraft to send 100 people to Mars. To figure out how to use the Big Falcon Rocket, as it's called, SpaceX organized a workshop with NASA and other spaceflight experts at the University of Colorado Boulder, according to Ars Technica.
NASA's Parker Solar Probe must withstand blistering temperatures and incredible speeds near the sun.

NASA is about to launch the fastest spacecraft in history in a $1.5-billion attempt to ‘touch the sun’ for the first time

On Sunday, NASA plans to launch the Parker Solar Probe probe, which will use a high-tech heat shield to fly closer to the sun than any mission in history. The robot is designed to study the sun's super-hot atmosphere and help scientists predict space weather events that can wreak havoc on Earth.