Nothing built by human hands has ever traveled faster than NASA's Parker Solar Probe. In late April, it smashed two wild space records. It was clocked at over 531,000 km/hour as it zipped through the sun's outer atmosphere.
On April 17 New Horizons reached a rare deep-space milepost - 50 astronomical units from the Sun, or 50 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to reach this great distance.
A Chinese probe transferred rocks it gathered from the moon to an orbiter on Sunday in preparation for returning samples to Earth for the first time in almost 45 years, the country's space agency announced.
The container with material from a space rock called Ryugu parachuted down near Woomera in South Australia on Saturday evening. The samples were originally collected by the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2.
NASA's asteroid sampling aircraft OSIRIS-REx, which touched asteroid Bennu last week, has collected such abundant quantity of asteroid particles that it is jammed open and these particles are leaking slowly in the space.
The researchers' new concept demonstrates an unprecedented receiver sensitivity of just one photon-per-information bit at a data rate of 10 gigabits per second.