On Dec. 14, China's Chang'e 3 lunar lander made a historic soft landing on the moon. This is one of the still images broadcast by the state-run news channel CNTV. The soft landing was the first for 37 years, since the Soviet Luna 24 1976 mission.
This month marks the 41st year since man last walked on the moon. Seen here standing next to the American flag on Dec. 12, 1972, NASA mission Commander Eugene Cernan carries out the second EVA of the Apollo 17 mission. Coincidentally, the landing of the Chinese Chang'e 3 on Dec. 14 is 41 years to the day since Cernan took his last step on the moon.
The science coming from NASA's rover Curiosity continues to astound. Speaking at the AGU conference in San Fransisco announced further findings of an ancient lakebed that would have been very hospitable to life as we know it.
Stunning detail in the fascinating mounds surrounded by smooth dusty terrain of Juventae Chasma on Mars is captured by the European Mars Express orbiter.
This week, astronomers announced the discovery of huge water vapor plumes over the icy moon Europa. The observation of Jupiter's fascinating satellite was made possible by Hubble.
This week, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield became the first DNews Person of the Year for his outstanding contributions to science outreach during his residency on board the International Space Station.
The night of Dec. 13 saw the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. Activity was moderately high and observers with clear skies were treated to some bright meteors. In this photo, a Geminid was captured by Marshall Space Flight Center's New Mexico camera.
The Flinders Ranges in South Australia as observed by Japan’s ALOS satellite -- the Ranges are a larger geosyncline, a subsiding linear trough in Earth’s crust, sedimentary tock that folded some 500 million years ago.
The Hubble Space Telescope took the most detailed observation of the Crab Nebula -- the remnants of a supernova.
Alpha and Beta Centauri, two of the brightest stars in the southern sky, now have a new companion — the naked eye Nova Centauri 2013 is seen here with the ESO's La Silla Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert.