Space

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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So what does that mean for good ol' Earth someday?

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

The idea of planet Nibiru has captivated doomsday prophets and conspiracy theorists for decades, but nobody has proven its existence. What's the deal?

By Mark Mancini

We've been cruising to and from the International Space Station since 2000. Isn't it about time we started moving on to other space destinations and establishing human outposts?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Eugene Shoemaker's contributions to lunar science were legendary. In a fitting tribute, NASA sent his ashes to the moon.

By Mark Mancini

The wait is over. NASA confirms Mars is seismically active.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

It may be supermassive, but snagging this one-of-a-kind pic was no easy feat.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

We know space is awash in ultraviolet radiation. So how are astronauts protected from all those UV rays?

By Mark Mancini

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In the darkness of space, we’re comforted by our moon, the circular inspirer of song lyrics, poetry, and wannabe astronauts. But what do you really know about the moon and its history? Take this quiz to find out.

By Nathan Chandler

The Shelton family from Texas sent their first bouquet in 1998 after the Challenger disaster. And they haven't stopped since.

By John Donovan

The moon's getting a new, space-proof library that will serve as an archive for all humanity.

By Jesslyn Shields

Rovers are getting some practice hunting for microbes here on Earth before they head to Mars in 2020.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

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NASA is hoping to begin sending scientific probes to the moon in 2019 on private spacecraft, in preparation for a manned lunar mission in 2028.

By Patrick J. Kiger

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity's last words were: "My battery is low and it's getting dark."

By Patrick J. Kiger

By studying these geological formations here on Earth, we may be able to learn how to live on other planets.

By Tara Yarlagadda

It's tricky to see the true shape of the Milky Way when you're stuck inside it. So how did scientists figure it out?

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

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The Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon in January 1971, but what the astronauts brought back could be making history now.

By Mark Mancini

On a galactic scale, that's kind of like finding a tree in your backyard that you'd never seen before.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

No worries though. Jupiter, Neptune or Uranus could create their own beautiful, bright ring display in the distant future.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

From rocket launches and eclipses to meteor showers and lunar landings, these are the space events you won't want to miss in 2019.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Things just got more interesting on this enigmatic exoplanet.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

Like Earth, the sun does rotate, but in a different way.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Those stars twinkling in the nighttime sky may actually be crystal spheres. And our beloved star is headed in that direction, too. Eventually.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

In this stellar nursery, firstborn stars are ruthless.

By Ian O'Neill, Ph.D.

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The China National Space Administration makes history — and shows the world the dark side of the moon.

By Mark Mancini

Scientists are still trying to come up with a conclusive explanation for the Martian blueberries.

By Patrick J. Kiger