The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a gigantic star-searching array that's just started construction in Cerro Pachon, Chile. It's mission when built is to hunt down the elusive 'Planet X', which is thought hide in our Solar System. Read more >
Microsoft have been building a software platform called OnSight that's designed to let scientists carry out their work through realistic holograms of the distant planet they're studying. Using HoloLens, of course.
The Red Planet just took a hit. This image shows a new impact crater in Elysium Planitia, discovered by the HiRISE imager aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. You can see a very distinct crater rim with ejecta that's much darker than the surroundings. NASA believes that the distribution of the ejecta suggests that whatever it was that hit the planet struck from the west. [NASA]
NASA's Orion spacecraft, designed to ferry the first humans to Mars, lifts off from Cape Canaveral on Friday morning. Orion reached speeds of 20,000 mph and travelled 3,600 miles from Earth before a successful splashdown in the Pacific. [Bill Ingalls/NASA]