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Israeli Spacecraft Snaps Selfie Before Crashing Onto the Moon

The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet, the first privately funded Moon mission, crashed onto the lunar surface yesterday, but not before successfully taking this selfie with the Moon in the background. Beresheet was sent to the moon to shoot photos with high-resolution cameras and conduction experiments, but it appears the main engine failed while the spacecraft attempted […]

This is the First Photo Shot on the Far Side of the Moon

China just became the first country to achieve a soft-landing on the far side of the moon after its Chang’e-4 probe landed at 2:30 AM Universal Time today. And shortly after landing, the probe sent back this first photo ever shot from the surface of the “dark side of the moon.” The photo shows the […]

NASA’s InSight Lander Sends Its First Clear Photo From Mars

After a half-year journey covering over 30 million miles, NASA’s InSight lander just touched down on the surface of Mars to begin its mission of studying the red planet’s deep interior. InSight also captured and sent back this first clear photo from the ground, a 1-megapixel selfie.

Here’s a Close-Up Photo of the Swirling Clouds on Jupiter

NASA just released this new close-up photo of the swirling clouds found on Jupiter. It was captured by the Juno spacecraft on October 29th, 2018, during its 16th close flyby of the gas giant. The clouds in the photo were seen in Jupiter’s North-North Temperate Belt (NNTB), one of the distinct cloud bands. The white […]

The First Photo from the Asteroid Japan Just Landed Rovers On

Japan just made history by landing two small rovers on the surface of an asteroid hurtling through space 174 million miles (280 million km) from Earth, and here’s the first published photo from the rovers shot from the surface of 162173 Ryugu.

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