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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.

Sally Ride

Remembering Sally Ride, Space Pioneer

Take a look back at the incredible career of astronaut Sally Ride, who died Monday at age 61.

Telstar

The Birth of Satellite TV, 50 Years Ago

On the 50th anniversary of the first live transatlantic television feed beamed by Telstar, revisit the historic broadcast of July 23, 1962.

Skylab Crash

The Day Skylab Crashed to Earth: Facts About the First U.S. Space Station’s Re-Entry

On the anniversary of Skylab’s plunge to Earth on July 11, 1979, discover how the world celebrated, feared and commercialized the spectacular event.

Moon Formation

Where Does the Moon Come From?

As new research casts doubt on a leading theory about how the moon came into being, explore various lunar formation models.