SPACE EXPLORATION

Space exploration is a broad topic covering many facets of deep-space and planetary science. Learn about space probes, Mars Rovers, SETI and other out-of-this-world subjects.
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Who was James Webb?

He was responsible for some of humanity's greatest achievements, and his name now graces a massive NASA project. But how did a law degree lead to being a space pioneer?

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  • How Voyager Works

    How Voyager Works

    The Voyager space probes took dazzling pictures of planets no one had ever seen. And they're still on the move, carrying golden records with a message for aliens -- complete with bagpipes and Louis Armstrong. See more »

  • Is China winning the new space race?

    Is China winning the new space race?

    Between the cancellation of the U.S. space shuttle program and the launch failures that have plagued Russia, you may have given up hope on space. China hasn't. See more »

  • Lunar Landings Over the Decades

    Lunar Landings Over the Decades

    Explore the historic space voyages, technology and people that have shaped 50 years of NASA. See more »

  • Manmade Universe Coming Soon?

    Manmade Universe Coming Soon?

    Scientists might be able to create a universe in a laboratory. How is this possible? See more »

  • NASA Inventions You Might Use Every Day

    NASA Inventions You Might Use Every Day

    Although most people today will never set foot on the moon, it's likely you come into contact with a NASA byproduct every day. See more »

  • NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements

    NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements

    Since its inception in the late '50s, NASA has accomplished some amazing technical feats. But what are some of the agency's greatest moments? See more »

  • Quiz: What's Next for NASA?

    Quiz: What's Next for NASA?

    Now that the space shuttle program has concluded, NASA is poised to start a new era. How much do you know about the agency's future missions? Test your knowledge with our quiz. See more »

  • The New Space Age

    The New Space Age

    The new space age sees countries and companies competing to find new methods of space exploration. Learn about the new space age in these articles. See more »

  • What if an astronaut went on a space walk without wearing a space suit?

    What if an astronaut went on a space walk without wearing a space suit?

    Because an Earth-like environment is created within a spacesuit, it allows you to walk around in space in relative safety. But outer space is an extremely hostile place and could kill you if you aren't protected. See more »

  • What was the first telescope that humans launched into space?

    What was the first telescope that humans launched into space?

    The history of space exploration is full of firsts: first animal in space, first human on the moon, first probe to reach mars. But as they say, you've got to look before you leap. So what was the first telescope launched into space? See more »

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