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Space and Astronomy

The latest space news from the AZPM Newsroom, covering research, innovation, installations, and developments in the field of astronomy. Video News

Leap day places calendars back in sync

Scientists say the calendar quirk puts the Earth's rotation and trip around the Sun in the proper order.
February 29, 2024

South Pole moon landing sets up new exploration goals

Lunar scientists and engineers are facing the challenge of getting water from the surface.
February 22, 2024

BlackStar Orbital SpaceDrone Manufacturing Facility coming to Sierra Vista in 2026

The company will build and test its portable satellite called the SpaceDrone at the new facility
February 6, 2024

James Webb Space Telescope reveals views of spiral galaxies

Scientists are getting new information about our own Milky Way.
February 6, 2024

Previewing UA's 2024 College of Science Lecture Series

Presenters will reveal unexpected findings that transformed their fields.
February 6, 2024

Black holes continue to raise questions about basic physics

The mere existence of the objects was only theoretical 100 years ago.
February 4, 2024

Asteroid hunters welcome Arizona citizen scientists to scan the sky

Catalina Sky Survey wants to find dangerous near-Earth objects "before they find us."
January 26, 2024

Engineers finally pop open OSIRIS REx sample container

Scientists are getting access to the bulk of asteroid material collected by the spacecraft.
January 17, 2024

Space scientists amazed at the newest photos of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io

NASA's Juno spacecraft grabbed the pictures while orbiting Jupiter last month.
January 8, 2024

UA among schools claiming the mantle of "Space U."

A dozen U. S. colleges and universities are emphasizing their dedication to space science research.
December 11, 2023

UA space trackers identify rogue rocket stage that hit the moon

They stress the threat of space junk could extend all the way to lunar orbit.
November 27, 2023

UA students share in OSIRIS-REx success

They are taking a role developing experiments on the sample brought back from Bennu.
November 20, 2023

Stargazing marvel: Saguaro National Park earns Urban Night Sky certification

International Dark-Sky Association taps park to join its cosmic club
November 14, 2023

UA scientists explore asteroid link to the Moon

The space rock carries the same characteristics as lunar material brought back by the Apollo astronauts.
October 31, 2023

University of Arizona opens new astrobiology center

It keeps UA at the forefront of research about objects gathered from space.
October 17, 2023

“Ring of Fire” solar eclipse coming Saturday morning

The peak annular eclipse will happen in Tucson at 9:33 a.m on Oct. 14.
October 12, 2023

OSIRIS-REx brings home largest carbon rich sample

NASA revealed its preliminary findings Wednesday morning.
October 11, 2023

Psyche asteroid mission ready to launch

The latest flight to a space rock will explore an asteroid with an exposed metallic core.
October 9, 2023

Last mirror for world’s biggest telescope begins construction at University of Arizona

The mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope will begin its laborious construction process this week.
October 3, 2023

The Buzz: OSIRIS-REx delivers its payload

The decades-running space mission dropped a sample from the asteroid Bennu Sunday, kicking off the next phase of the project.
September 29, 2023

OSIRIS-REx successfully returns sample capsule to Earth

The landing ended a seven year mission to the asteroid Bennu and back.
September 26, 2023

Osiris REx asteroid sample set for fast, fiery return to Earth

The mission's final stage will mark the end of a seven-year journey to Bennu and back.
September 22, 2023

Why asteroids are the hottest objects for exploration in the solar system

Osiris REx is among a group of spacecraft aimed at discovering new information about space rocks.
September 12, 2023

Launch date approaches for long-awaited mission to a metal-marked asteroid

NASA's Psyche spacecraft has ASU ties.
September 8, 2023

OSIRIS-REx: Sample Return

Watch the conclusion of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission as it safely returns an asteroid sample to Earth.
November 13, 2023


Meet the scientists responsible for monitoring the night sky for hazardous asteroids and comets that might pose an impact threat to Earth.
September 19, 2023

Paragon Space Development

The Tucson-based company is currently creating the next generation of space suits for astronauts exploring the moon.
July 12, 2023

Steward Observatory Turns 100

This year, the iconic Steward Observatory dome on the University of Arizona campus celebrated its 100th birthday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating its original dedication in 1923.
June 26, 2023

Evening Under the Stars

Visit the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association’s exclusive Dark Sky site for a very special “Evening Under the Stars.”
January 18, 2023


OSIRIS APEX is a new name for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, to accompany its new mission to explore the near-Earth asteroid Apophis.
November 9, 2022
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