NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite, which launched in November 2016, will keep its eyes on the Sun and Earth. Imagery from the its Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) will be used to study the Sun by solar physicists and space weather forecasters.
NASA launched a Black Brant IX sounding rocket straight toward the northern lights early Wednesday (Feb. 22). It was the first of two rockets that will study the structure of auroras using an instrument called ISINGLASS.
Seven Earth-size alien planets were found in a solar system not that far away, SpaceX nailed another rocket launch and landing, and Pluto may have another chance at being a true planet. Here are some of the most amazing space stories of the week.