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An illustration of "Beresheet," a 1,300-lb robotic lunar robot that could make Israel the fourth country ever to land on the moon's surface.

SpaceX just launched an Israeli mission toward the moon. If successful, it would be the world’s first private lunar landing.

SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit, has launched a 1,300-lb lunar lander called Beresheet on a SpaceX rocket. Its journey to the moon will take two months.
NASA's Mars Opportunity rover in March 2014.

‘This is a hard day:’ NASA’s Opportunity rover is dead, ending the longest-running Mars mission in history

The Opportunity rover hasn't returned NASA's calls. Its lasting silence means the agency's Mars Exploration Rovers program has come to an overdue end.
SpaceX's "test hopper," an experimental stainless-steel ship, in Texas. The person at the bottom is for scale.

Elon Musk says he is ‘confident’ people could afford to ‘sell their home on Earth’ and move to Mars on a SpaceX rocket

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the first tickets to Mars may cost about $500,000 but eventually could cost less than $100,000 on his new launch system, Starship.
New Horizons took this detailed image of a space object called 2014 MU69 (or "Ultima Thule") at 12:26 a.m. EST on January 1, 2019.

Scientists just released the best photo yet of the most distant object ever visited by humanity

NASA's New Horizons probe flew past the space rock 2014 MU69, or Ultima Thule, on January 1 — but new photos are still downloading from deep space.

New videos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored show that it flips like a giant hourglass

NASA's New Horizons probe recently flew past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 (or Ultima Thule). New animations show its 16-hour rotation.
An illustration of China's planned robotic Mars mission, called HX-1.

China wants to launch to Mars next year — part of an ambitious plan to bring the first Martian soil samples back to Earth

China recently landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, and is also working on a robotic Mars mission that may launch in 2020.
A photo of the sprouts that China grew in a lattice-like structure inside a canister on the moon.

China says it has grown the first plants on the moon on its historic mission to the far side

China's historic mission to the far side of the moon may have produced another first: Seeds sprouted there for the first time, scientists say.
A puck of plutonium-238 dioxide glowing under its own warmth.

NASA’s deep-space nuclear-power crisis may soon end, thanks to a clever new robot in Tennessee

NASA needs a reliable supply of plutonium-238 to power ambitious space missions, so the US government built a special robot to help make it.
China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander took this panorama from the surface of the moon's far side on January 11, 2019. The mission's Yutu-2 rover is seen in the background (bottom-left).

China releases detailed 360-degree photo from the first mission to land on the far side of the moon

The China National Space Administration has released a high-resolution wraparound image of the moon's far side taken by the Chang'e 4 spacecraft.
The Yutu or "Jade Rabbit" rover, part of China's Chang'e-3 mission, moving around the lunar surface.

China’s rover and lander on the moon’s far side are taking a ‘nap’ to survive brutal surface temperatures

China just landed its Chang'e 4 rover and lander on the far side of the moon, but they are taking a nap to wait out brutal conditions.