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Lunar Exploration, Asteroid Discoveries, and Cutting-Edge Rockets Dominated Global Space Headlines in 2023

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New rockets, lunar missions, and asteroid discoveries occurred in 2023. On its second test flight, SpaceX’s Starship, the largest and most powerful rocket ever built, reached space before exploding. Russia crashed, but India arrived on the moon. By returning asteroid samples, NASA reached a milestone.

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Moon Landings, Rocket Explosions, and Celestial Discoveries

Russia, India, and a Japanese business attempted moon landings which garnered notice. India became the fourth country to land on the moon. China, Japan, and the U.S. plan moon landings. NASA announced late 2024 moon orbiters and plans for moon landings.

The largest rocket, SpaceX’s Starship, exploded twice but made a big premiere. Vulcan, New Glenn, and enhanced Ariane 6 will debut in 2024.

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft delivered Bennu trash and the Psyche spacecraft cruised to a metal-rich asteroid for six years during NASA’s “asteroid autumn” investigation. While on a mission, Lucy found a small moon with two fused orbs.

With Virgin Galactic, led by Richard Branson, offering brief space rides, space tourism grew. Blue Origin, launched by Jeff Bezos, prepared for passenger missions while SpaceX made its second private voyage to the International Space Station.

READ ALSO: China space warfare includes cyberattacks, jamming and on-orbit grappling, intel survey says

James Webb Telescope’s Stunning Year: From Nebulas to Black Holes

In its first year, the James Webb Space Telescope captured stunning photographs of the Crab Nebula and Earth’s closest star-forming zone. It helped find the oldest black hole.

America was intrigued by solar eclipses, with an October “ring of fire” eclipse preparing for the April complete eclipse. The approaching complete solar eclipse will pass through Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, the Midwest, upstate New York, New England, and Canada, while the “ring of fire” eclipse covers Oregon to Texas and parts of Central and South America.

These space-related events occurred amid ongoing space exploration advances and obstacles.

READ ALSO: Moon, asteroids and new rockets topped the world’s space news in 2023

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