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Space

The Milky Way Is Warped Around The Edges, New Star Map Confirms loading...
The Milky Way Is Warped Around The Edges, New Star Map Confirms
If we could see it from outside, our home galaxy would not be a flat disk, but would look more like a poached egg sliding off a slotted spoon.
Dear Columbia: Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins says thanks loading...
Dear Columbia: Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins says thanks
The mission's command module pilot pays tribute to the spacecraft that kept him company on the moon's far side.
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Apollo 50 Years - What to Watch on National Geographic
National Geographic pays tribute to those who first set foot on the moon and those who dedicated their lives to making it happen.
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.

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