Top space stories of 2024

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A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off on December 28, 2023 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Last year was filled with planetary discoveries, interstellar travel and other space-related milestones that were equal parts wonderful and strange.

News of mysterious exoplanets potentially harboring life, speculation about UFOs, and the launch of unmanned missions to the far reaches of space defined the year 2023. Fortunately, those left filled with awe and excitement by the vast cosmos surrounding Earth have even more what to look at We hope in the next year.

Here’s a look at five cosmic stories awaiting us in 2024, from a rare eclipse to astronauts’ first return to the Moon in decades.

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NASA’s return to the moon

The crew of NASA's Artemis II mission is photographed dressed for the first manned space mission to the Moon since 1972. From left, NASA astronaut Christina Koch, NASA astronaut Victor Glover, NASA astronaut Canadian spaceman Jeremy Hansen and NASA astronaut Reid in the center.  Wise man.

In the coming years, NASA will attempt to send astronauts back to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo missions ended five decades ago.

But before that happens, the space agency must first send a group of space travelers on a trip around the moon and back. Last year, NASA presented the three Americans and one Canadian who will be part of the Artemis II mission, scheduled to launch in November.

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