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17h ago

Private lunar lander sends back first pics from its moon landing

The Odysseus lander, built by Houston-based Intuitive Machines, touched down and tipped over but continues to operate.
The Odysseus lunar lander takes picture after falling sideways
The Odysseus lunar lander takes picture after falling sideways
20h ago

Japan's SLIM moon probe unexpectedly survives lunar night

The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) touched down on the lunar surface last month, making Japan the fifth country to put a probe on the moon.
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A rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse will cross the U.S. Here's how to see it.

The eclipse on April 8 will cut across much of the U.S. NASA estimates that 31.6 million people live within the roughly 100-mile-wide path of totality this year.
People wear protective glasses to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 20, 2023.
People wear protective glasses to watch a solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 20, 2023.

Climate change is throwing the water cycle into chaos across the U.S.

As the planet continues to warm, this cycle is expected to be increasingly stretched, warped and broken.
Photo collage of extreme weather events in the U.S.
Photo collage of extreme weather events in the U.S.
3d ago

Moon lander tipped sideways on lunar surface but 'alive and well'

The vehicle is believed to have caught one of its six landing feet on the lunar surface near the end of its final descent and tipped over.
technology moon lander landing
technology moon lander landing
3d ago

Astronomers spot new tiny moons around Neptune and Uranus

The latest tally puts Neptune at 16 known moons and Uranus at 28.
An August 1989 image of Neptune photographed by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, processed to enhance the visibility of small features.
An August 1989 image of Neptune photographed by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, processed to enhance the visibility of small features.

Parts of California are crumbling toward the ocean — here's why

Palm trees are falling, and multimillion-dollar homes are teetering. The state's turbulent weather is only growing more extreme thanks to climate change.
Aerial view of homes along Scenic Drive standing on the edge of a cliff
Aerial view of homes along Scenic Drive standing on the edge of a cliff
5d ago

Moon landing live updates: Odysseus completes first U.S. lunar landing since 1972

The landing attempt will be livestreamed on NASA TV beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
Intuitive Machines successfully transmitted its first IM-1 mission images to Earth on February 16, 2024. The photos were captured shortly after separation from SpaceX’s second stage, marking the start of Intuitive Machines' first journey to the Moon under NASA’s CLPS initiative.
Intuitive Machines successfully transmitted its first IM-1 mission images to Earth on February 16, 2024. The photos were captured shortly after separation from SpaceX’s second stage, marking the start of Intuitive Machines' first journey to the Moon under NASA’s CLPS initiative.
5d ago

Privately built lunar lander aims to be first to touch down on moon

The Odysseus is scheduled to land near the moon's south pole on Thursday in a major step for private space exploration.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch pad LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the Intuitive Machines' Nova-C moon lander mission, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 15, 2024.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch pad LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the Intuitive Machines' Nova-C moon lander mission, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 15, 2024.
6d ago

A satellite will make a fiery fall back to Earth, European Space Agency says

The defunct satellite will make an uncontrolled return to Earth, but the agency said that most of it should burn up in the atmosphere.
ESA’s ERS-2 satellite will reenter Earth’s atmosphere in February 2024.
ESA’s ERS-2 satellite will reenter Earth’s atmosphere in February 2024.

Historic California palm trees come crashing down into ocean amid powerful winter storms

Los Angeles has seen 75% of its annual average rainfall in just the first three weeks of February.
Fallen palm trees at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Feb. 20, 2024.
Fallen palm trees at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Feb. 20, 2024.