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The surface of the moon from 342 miles (550 kilometers) away. Beresheet, the first private lunar spacecraft, took this photo from lunar orbit on April 8, 2019.

Israeli scientists tried to pull off the first private moon landing, but the robotic probe failed and crashed into the lunar surface

SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit, launched its Beresheet robot on a SpaceX rocket in February. However, the probe failed to soft-land on the lunar surface.
A computer simulation of how a supermassive black hole.

The first ‘groundbreaking’ pictures of a black hole may be unveiled on Wednesday. Here’s what scientists think those images will loo...

Scientists are expected to unveil the first-ever pictures of a black hole's "shadow" caused by its event horizon.
Asteroid 6478 Gault with two narrow, comet-like tails of debris that suggest the space rock is self-destructing.

The Hubble telescope spotted an asteroid that has grown two tails — and scientists think it’s ripping itself to pieces

A 2.5-mile-wide asteroid called Gault was discovered in 1988, but it may not exist as we know it for much longer. The space rock is spinning apart.
A woman sits in a super bloom of poppies near Lake Elsinore, California.

Satellites just photographed California’s dazzling ‘super bloom’ of spring flowers from outer space

As orange poppies went through a "super bloom" in Southern California, a satellite recorded images of the colors (and tourists) while orbiting Earth.
A "spacecraft selfie" taken by SpaceIL's Beresheet lunar lander on the way to the moon.

The world’s first private lunar lander just took a selfie with Earth on its way to the moon

SpaceX rocketed a small Israeli robot called Beresheet toward the moon on February 21. Ahead of a lunar-landing attempt, it took a selfie photo.
A picture of Neptune taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, showing a since-vanished dark storm.

The Hubble telescope has discovered a ‘dark vortex’ raging on Neptune that would swallow 20% of Earth’s surface

New pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope reveal a mysterious "dark tempest" storm raging on Neptune and a "giant" frigid cap on top of Uranus.
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.
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.
An illustration of NASA's New Horizons probe visiting 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that exists about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto.

NASA just released the first close-up photos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored — and it looks like a giant red snowman

The space rock, called 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule, is 4 billion miles from Earth and a relic of the solar system's formation 4.5 billion years ago.