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?
There's a lot to see in the universe. But while regular telescopes only reveal a tiny fraction of all the awesome stuff out there, infrared telescopes are here to save the day, opening our eyes to limitless galactic wonders.
After the release of the movie "Gravity" in 2013, many have wondered whether space debris poses a threat to all our wonderful toys in orbit — especially our space telescopes. So is space garbage a threat, and if so, what can we do about it?
Even NASA's best-designed space telescopes can break, become obsolete or simply complete their missions. But what happens then? Are they shipped off to some great cosmic graveyard, or are they given a renewed lease on life and scientific glory?
Why do we need the JWST? Isn't Hubble already doing a good enough job staring into space? What's the difference between the two? With space telescopes, it turns out, it's not always about what you see, but how you look at it.
Think of the oldest things on Earth: the Pyramids, dinosaur bones, the Grand Canyon. Pretty old, right? Well, maybe compared to our own lives, but compared to the oldest things we've seen through a space telescope, they're basically brand-new.
In space, no one can hear you scream -- because, you know, sound can't travel in a vacuum. Despite this, scientists have discovered that outer space itself is letting out a pretty loud roar -- at least, in a manner of speaking. So what gives?
It's not just NASA pros staring into the night sky. Lots of skilled amateurs are out there pointing their telescopes into the great beyond. But can the average space enthusiast actually make a critical discovery?
Looking for water on faraway planets doesn't involve spotting rivers or oceans. Instead, scientists keep an eye out for what types of light a planet emits to figure out whether a planet might be life-friendly.
Fling away your Fodor's! Toss your TripAdvisor! We have the only guided tour of outer space you'll need -- a foray into the final frontier so ambitious it will make the Voyager probes' Grand Tours look like daytrips.