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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The First Image of a Black Hole Is Here

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

NASA Preps to Send People Back to the Moon

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.

The World Cries as 'Oppy' Dies

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

Earth's Oldest Rock May Have Been Discovered (On the Moon!)

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

Where Did THAT Come From? Hubble Discovers Galactic Neighbor Bedin 1

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

Mark Your Calendars for These Space Events in 2019

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

Barnard's Star B May Host Primitive Life, Kind of Like Europa

Things just got more interesting on this enigmatic exoplanet.

What Are the 'Blueberries' on Mars?

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

Voyager 2 Goes Interstellar, Just Like Voyager 1

That means it takes nearly 17 hours for a radio signal, traveling at the speed of light from Earth, to reach Voyager 2.

Gravitational Waves Are Lifting the Veil of Cosmic Darkness

We've identified 11 different times gravitational waves have passed through Earth. Yep, we're getting good at detecting these ripples in spacetime that Einstein predicted.

Hungry 'Hot DOG' Eats Nearby Galaxies, Fattens Its Black Hole

And this hot DOG's ferocious appetite shows no signs of slowing down.

Discovered! Icy Super-Earth at Barnard's Star, Our Sun's Neighbor

But you can forget about Barnard's Star b bearing any resemblance to our planet.

Two Moon Craters Named for Apollo 8 Astronauts

Anders' Earthrise and 8 Homeward are the two moon craters recently named in honor of the 1968 Apollo 8 mission, the first NASA mission to orbit the moon.

Just Four Dimensions in the Universe, if You Believe Gravitational Waves

Maybe there aren't more dimensions beyond the four that we know and love so well.

Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Are Starting to Pile Up

Fast radio bursts are over in less time than it takes to blink your eye. They come from way beyond the Milky Way. And astronomers can't say with certainty what causes these enigmatic bursts.

Tiny Satellite to Search Universe for Missing Matter

The tiny HaloSat probe will investigate a galactic halo of hot gas that may account for missing matter from the early universe.

How Close Can We Get to the Sun?

NASA is launching its new Parker Solar Probe and it will get closer to the sun than any other spacecraft in history. But could we actually touch the sun some day?

New NASA Satellite Is Hunting for Distant Planets

The last satellite — Kepler — discovered more than 2,300 confirmed planets. This one is expected to find even more.

Did the Apollo Missions Cause Warming on the Moon?

Scientists have used long-lost data tapes to show that Apollo astronauts probably caused the lunar surface to warm slightly during moon missions in the 1970s.

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.

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.

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.


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