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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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Apollo 11 Put the First Men on the Moon. What About Missions 12-17?

You know Apollo 11. But what did the other Apollo missions accomplish after Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind?

Here's the Buzz on Alcohol in Space

While alcohol consumption is not completely alien to the space program, not much is known about its effects on the body outside our atmosphere.

LISA: Detecting Exoplanets Using Gravitational Waves

The planned Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, or LISA, will be able to detect the gravitational waves generated by massive collisions in the deep cosmos.

Quiz: Apollo 11, the First Moon Landing

Let's see how much you know about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and the adventure that immortalized them.

Two for Teegarden: Pint-sized Star System Discovered Right Next Door

And one of the exoplanets in the Teegarden star system could have a temperature range between 32 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

NASA Is Sending an Atomic Clock Into Deep Space

Will this groundbreaking clock revolutionize space travel? NASA is banking on it.

Eugene Shoemaker: The Only Human Buried on the Moon

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

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.

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