Space

Three telescopes crest a mountain ridge. The full moon silhouettes the largest of them.

The Hiker’s Guide to Visiting Space Telescopes

Let's cut straight to the bad news: you can't...
a cave on the moon

Newly Discovered Moon Cave Could Host Future Colony

Location, location, location. Countries and space agencies worldwide are...
chimpanzee wearing a nasa helmet

Ham the Astrochimp: Unwilling Simian Pioneer in the Space Race

The original Mercury space capsule had no window, a...
Light tent at night, circle of stars overhead

‘This Will Change the World’: Starlink for Backpackers Debuts

BY WILL BRENDZA Starlink released its latest, smallest, and most...
galaxy surrounded by dark universe

Plate Tectonics Makes Earth — and Intelligent Life? — Unique

So far, our long search for signs of extraterrestrial...
Makeshift canyons surround red sand. Overhead, a tent covers where the sky would be.

NASA Astronauts Return from ‘Mars’

"You guys ready to come out?" These were the first...
weird figure striding across space-like background

Jaw, Meet Floor. This Year’s ‘Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ Finalists Are Out of This World

Every year, the Royal Museums Greenwich conducts its Astronomy...
closeup of moss

‘Extremotolerant’ Moss Could Grow on Mars

Scientists have discovered a species of moss that lives...
Satellite image showing the Moon passing in front of the Earth. The far side of the Moon is illuminated to the camera.

China Just Retrieved Rocks from the Dark Side of the Moon. What Does This Mean for Science?

On Tuesday, a strange bell-shaped casket floated gently down...
asteroid passing earth

Gigantic, Deadly Asteroid Will Zip Past Earth Soon: Watch Live

If 2011 UL21, a mountain-sized object hurtling through space...
a group of four women astronauts

Women Hold Up Better to Space Travel: Study

In news that's no surprise to fans of all-time...
icy planetary surface ejecting bright screen of blue vapor

Space Mission Seeks Alien Life on Tiny Moon of Saturn by 2050

The European Space Agency (ESA) is determined to land...
jupiter's moon io

Spectacular New Photos of Io, Jupiter’s Mysterious Moon

Researchers have released jaw-dropping new photos of Jupiter’s moon,...
rendering of mars with electric blue light halo

Solar Flares Drench Mars With Radiation

NASA’s advice to future astronauts caught in a solar...
chinese spacecraft

China’s Moon Probe Is On Its Way Back From The Far Side, With First Samples

Earlier this week, China’s Chang’e 6 probe landed on...
a yellow planet with green bodies of liquid

Homeless Mr. Spock: Real-Life Planet Vulcan Doesn’t Exist After All

Planet Vulcan was the famous homeworld of the humanoid...
Milky Way

Students Find Oldest Stars in the Universe

Undergrads from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have...
Artist’s depiction of the FLOAT lunar railway system

NASA is Building Floating Train Tracks to Use on the Moon

It sounds like sci-fi, but NASA hopes to build...
curving bright rings in space with a galactic band in the background

Plunge Into a Black Hole in NASA’s State-of-the-Art Simulation

Ever since we’ve known they exist, humans have wondered...
Running horizontally in the wheel of death.

‘Wheel of Death’ Would Let Astronauts Stay Healthy

The low gravity and increased radiation of space can...
microscope image of bacteria

Super-Bacteria Found on the International Space Station

The International Space Station seems like the least likely...
colorful geologic map

China Announces Groundbreaking Moon Atlas

Chinese scientists took a big step forward for worldwide...
A view of Pluto's 'heart'. Taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface.

How Pluto Got Its Heart

Pluto’s most recognizable feature is the giant, heart-shaped area...
aerial view of what look like spiders on Mars.

The Mystery of Those ‘Spiders’ On Mars, Explained

Every spring, an unusual phenomenon occurs on Mars: What...

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