The biggest space stories of 2022 | Weather.com

  • The Artemis 1 mission launched in November.
  • A Chinese missile launched out of control towards Earth.
  • Images from the James Webb Telescope have shown us very distant galaxies.

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In the year 2022, humans are one step closer to landing on the Moon. NASA changed the course of an asteroid. We’ve seen pictures of galaxies far, far away. An uncontrolled Chinese rocket blasted off toward Earth, and flight records have been set on Mars.

Here we take a look back at some of the hottest space stories of the year.

Artemis 1 mission launch on November 16, after repeated delays due to technical and weather issues, including hurricanes Ian and Nicole. For most space watchers, that was the biggest story of 2022. The rocket launched its Orion capsule into lunar orbit in a first step toward returning humans to the lunar surface and, eventually, to Mars.

An engineer works on NASA's Artemis moon rocket, the Space Launch System, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in this photo posted to social media Sept. 9, 2022. (NASA SLS via Twitter)

An engineer works on NASA’s Artemis moon rocket, the Space Launch System, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in this photo posted to social media Sept. 9, 2022.

(NASA SLS via Twitter)

for the first time ever, NASA changed the course of an asteroid. The DART spacecraft — short for Double Asteroid Reorientation Test — crashed into an asteroid as part of an effort to protect Earth from potential future impacts. This was the first time that humans had changed the trajectory of an object in space, which was quite an amazing feat. “Imagine trying to hit a BB in deep space with something the size of a baseball from 100 miles away,” said Max Gilbraith, director of the University of Wyoming Planetarium.

the An ingenious helicopter continued logging flights on Mars. The drone flew farther and faster more than ever on its twenty-fifth voyage. Creativity, the first ever to fly on Mars, has ridden into space on the Mars Perseverance rover and has now made more than thirty flights. The rover’s mission is to search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet.

NASA’s Creativity helicopter is seen on the surface of Mars in this image shared on social media on December 23, 2022.

((NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover and NASA JPL via Twitter))

For the first time since 2019, The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket has taken off From Florida, it is part of a record number of launches in 2022 at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The thrust produced on take-off by a Falcon Heavy is about equal to that of a large 747. Two of the rocket’s boosters made a rare return to Earth, thrilling spectators and generating four penetrating sonic booms.

An AC hines rocket launched out of control towards the Earth In November, the latest uncontrolled rocket return from the Chinese space program. The rocket, which helped build a Chinese space station, landed in the Pacific Ocean without incident, but not without worry. “The scary part was we didn’t know where it was going to land. People were constantly tracking it to try to figure out the orbital path and there was a lot of uncertainty,” said Emily Calandrelli, presenter of Netflix’s Emily’s Wonder Lab.

Several amazing photos from James Webb Space Telescope It was launched, providing a glimpse into deep space a billion years ago. Calandrelli called the telescope “the most powerful time machine ever built and operated by man.”

The protostar within the dark cloud L1527, shown in this image from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope with its Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam), is embedded within a cloud of material that is fueling its growth.  (NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI. Image processing: J. DePasquale, A. Pagan, and A. Koekemoer [STScI])

The protostar within the dark cloud L1527, shown in this image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with its Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam), is embedded within a cloud of material that is fueling its growth.

(NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI. Image processing: J. DePasquale, A. Pagan, and A. Koekemoer [STScI])

for 2023At least three more Falcon Heavy launches are planned and SpaceX hopes to send the Starship launch vehicle to an orbital test. Boeing hopes to test its Starliner spacecraft on a crewed mission, one of at least four human flights into space from the United States tentatively scheduled in the coming months.

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