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Space

About Space

When you look up into the night sky, you might see stars, the moon, the brighter planets and even parts of the Milky Way. But our human eyes can barely scratch the surface of what lies beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

Since the beginning of humanity, we have longed to explore outer space, but it was only in the mid-20th century that we truly began to explore the universe.

From the launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, in 1957 to the first crew arriving at the International Space Station in 2000, we’ve now learned more about space than our ancestors could have dared to imagine.

Telescopes have given us an incredible insight into the stars, planets and clouds of gas and dust help together by gravity to form galaxies.

Spacecraft like the Pluto-bound New Horizons and the Mars Rover have allowed us to explore the surfaces and make-up of distant planets, asteroids and comets.

As technology improved, and our exploration advanced, we developed our “cosmic address” – Earth, Solar system, Milky Way, the local group, Virgo Supercluster, Observable universe.

Scroll through the videos, photos and articles below to find out more about space.

Watch: Rosetta Spacecraft Crashing Into a Comet loading...
Watch: Rosetta Spacecraft Crashing Into a Comet
The first spacecraft to orbit a comet will soon meet a dramatic end. Find out how to see it happen and what we’ve learned from the mission.
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TICKETS ON SALE FOR MARS – THE LIVE EXPERIENCE
Be one of the first to secure your front row seat to this once-in-a-lifetime event!
Europa’s ‘Surprising’ Activity Explained: Hints of Water Plumes loading...
Europa’s ‘Surprising’ Activity Explained: Hints of Water Plumes
Hubble shows signs that the moon is spitting water from a subsurface ocean, raising excitement for a planned mission to the frozen world.
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Elon Musk: A Million Humans Could Live on Mars By the 2060s
The SpaceX plan for building a Mars settlement includes refueling in orbit, a fleet of passenger ships, and the biggest rocket ever made.

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