Down

What lies beyond Earth's atmosphere?

Space

Powerful Exhibition Of Our Greatest Adventure loading...
Powerful Exhibition Of Our Greatest Adventure
When we conjure up images of each century, there are a few defining moments and without doubt the Moon landing was one of those moments in the 20th century.
Apollo 8's Commander Reflects On The Sights And Sounds Of The Space Age loading...
Apollo 8's Commander Reflects On The Sights And Sounds Of The Space Age
Listen to astronaut Frank Borman narrate a gripping account of the space raceā€”and get his thoughts on the future of space exploration.
Bizarre Radio Burst Traced Back To Its Origin In Deep Space loading...
Bizarre Radio Burst Traced Back To Its Origin In Deep Space
The discovery adds to the mystery of fast radio bursts, which are echoes of extreme cosmic explosions.
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.

Newsletter

Never miss a Nat Geo moment

Your email address
Submit
We use our own and third-party cookies to improve our services, personalise your advertising and remember your preferences. If you continue browsing, or click on the accept button on this banner, we understand that you accept the use of cookies on our website. For more information visit our Cookies Policy AcceptClose cookie policy overlay