What lies beyond Earth's atmosphere?


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A new super-Earth may orbit the star next door
Subtle shifts in the motion of the nearby star Proxima Centauri suggest that it may host not one but two alien worlds
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First Active Fault Zone Found On Mars
Rumbling quakes on the red planet have been traced back to Cerberus Fossae, suggesting this geologically young region is still alive and cracking.
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Fastest Star In The Galaxy
Quite recently, a pair of stars approached the giant black hole at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy.
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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