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Category: Space

NASA artist's rendering of Voyager 1 entering interstellar space. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Houston, We (May) Have Left the Solar System

Voyager 1 is the first man-made object to reach interstellar space, NASA has confirmed.

Sally Ride onboard Space Shuttle Challenger

Remembering Space’s Female Pioneers

As we honor the historic heights reached by both Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride, here’s a look back at 50 years of women in space.

Albert Einstein

Einstein’s Relativity Theory Passes Tough Test

A rare binary star system has put Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity to its most challenging test to date.

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New Super-Earths May Support Life

NASA announces the discovery of seven new distant planets, three of which may be able to support life.

Curiosity Rover

Ancient Mars Could Have Harbored Life, Rover Finds

An analysis of rock dust by the Curiosity rover suggests that life could once have thrived on the Red Planet.

Tunguska

The Last Time a Meteor Rocked Russia

Last Friday’s meteor blast recalled the memory of an even more powerful space rock explosion over Siberia: the mysterious 1908 Tunguska event.

Moon Formation

Moon Created by Giant Collision, Studies Confirm

Three new studies lend support to the theory that Earth’s satellite emerged from a fiery planetary smashup.

Joe Kittinger

Joe Kittinger’s Death-Defying Leap From the Edge of Space

Over 50 years ago, Joe Kittinger rode a balloon 102,800 feet up to the edge of space. Then he jumped out.

Sputnik 1

From Sputnik to Spacewalking: 7 Soviet Space Firsts

On the 55th anniversary of Sputnik’s launch, explore seven of the Soviet Union’s firsts in the history of space exploration.

Mars Water

Water Once Flowed on Mars, Rover Pictures Suggest

NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected powerful evidence for fast-flowing tributaries on the Red Planet in the form of ancient streambeds

Voyager 1

6 Fascinating Facts About Space Probe Voyager 1

On the 35th anniversary of the launch of space probe Voyager 1, explore six cool facts about the farthest manmade object from Earth.

Official Portrait of Neil Armstrong

Remembering Neil Armstrong: Slideshow

Explore the incredible career of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died Saturday at 82.

Curiosity Rover

Mars and Martian Mania: A Brief History

As NASA’s rover Curiosity continues the quest to find life on Mars, explore five key events that piqued the public interest in the Red Planet.