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Explore the vast reaches of space and mankind’s continuing efforts to conquer the stars, including theories such as the Big Bang, the International Space Station, plus what the future holds for space travel and exploration.

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Why Fruit Flies Were the First Animals in Space

The little flies have way more in common with us than you think. And it made them the perfect test animal to send to space.

Interstellar Asteroid 'Oumuamua Has Loads More to Tell Us

Yep, 'Oumuamua was probably kicked out of its own star system by an overbearing gas giant like Jupiter.

Worm, Strawberry, Blue: Every Moon Has a Name

Everyone's heard of the blue moon and the harvest moon, but did you know every single moon of the year has a name? Who named them and what do the names mean?

SpaceX Resupply Mission Will Help ISS Crew Study a Whole Lot of Science

The SpaceX mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for liftoff on April 2, will enable research on everything from thunderstorms to wound healing.

This Galaxy Doesn't Have Dark Matter, and That's Weird

It's called NGC1052-DF2, an ultra-diffuse galaxy located 65 million light-years away, and it might mean that we don't quite know how all galaxies form after all.

Early Humans Witnessed a Comet-scattering Stellar Encounter

Scholz's star buzzed our solar system back when humans and Neanderthals roamed the planet. Turns out that encounter may have shaken up a whole bunch of comets.

Mega-hurricanes and Monstrous Jets Lie Beneath Jupiter's Clouds

Beneath Jupiter's famous swirls and stripes is an environment that's completely unlike anything on Earth.

Astronomers Determine When 'Cosmic Dawn' Happened

Plus, a bonus finding on dark matter!

Is the U.S. Government Hiding New Proof of Alien Life?

The government's secret Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program has spent millions researching UFOs and alien life. Are they covering up their findings?

The Man on the Moon Is Calling, Via the First Lunar Cell Network

In 2019, the moon will be getting its own 4G network. That could be better service than some of us have here on Earth.

Tiny Yet Mighty: Neutron Stars May Be Ravenous X-ray Dazzlers

Some neutron stars may have a pretty amazing party trick up their stellar sleeves.

The Farthest Pictures From Earth Ever Taken

New Horizons takes photo from 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) away from Earth.

NASA's Kepler Mission Adds 100 Alien Worlds to Exoplanet Tally

The Kepler Space Telescope seeks out small habitable exoplanets that may share similar qualities to Earth.

Are Alien Worlds in TRAPPIST-1 More Habitable Than Thought?

TRAPPIST-1 is a mini version of our solar system, and astronomers have started figuring out what life on those exoplanets might be like.

Could Dark Matter Spawn 'Shadow Life'?

You could be reading this article deep in a dark matter rainforest filled with creatures in a roaring dark matter ecosystem — but have no clue.

Falcon Heavy Launch Major Success for SpaceX

The countdown begins to send Elon Musk's most powerful rocket beyond Earth's atmosphere. Whether it will be a success is anybody's guess.

Scientists Working on Converting Human Waste Into Food for Astronauts

In space, poop is often a problem. Maybe it will be part of the solution, thanks to a study showing waste can become protein and fat.

Scientists Build Universe to Understand How Black Holes Kill Galaxies

Researchers threw the ingredients of the universe into a virtual box and let the known laws of physics bake a cosmic cake. The results are stunning.

Why a Blue Moon's Not Really Blue

The term "blue moon" dates back to at least the 16th century. Since then, it's had several different definitions, many of which are contradictory. So what's a blue moon today?

Loneliest Black Hole Hides Inside Globe of Stars

It all started with the suspicious behavior of a single star.

Chinese Insects and Plants Will Be the Next Earthlings on the Moon

The first 'manned' mission to the moon since the 1970s will be populated by bugs and plants.

Good News, Mars Colonists: Pure Water Ice You Can Dig Up With a Shovel

All those intrepid colonists are going to need a plentiful supply of water, and it turns out that accessing one may not be as hard as we thought.

Has the 'Twisted' Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts Been Solved?

The apparently random flashes in the sky known as FRBs have resisted being pinned down by astronomers. Until now.

Mark Your Calendars for These 2018 Space Events, Astronomy Fans

2018 should be a glorious year to turn your gaze skyward. Here's what to watch for.


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