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The Voyagers in Popular Culture

Each Voyager spacecraft carries a copy of the Golden Record, which has been featured in several works of science fiction. The record's protective cover, with instructions for playing its contents, is shown at left. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

The Voyagers in Popular Culture Whether you’re traveling across cities, continents or even oceans this holiday season, there is no long-haul flight quite like that of the Voyagers. Sit back and enjoy the view from the Voyagers’ epic journey through the solar system. See iconic […]

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

The twin Voyager spacecraft are celebrating 40 years of continual operation in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday […]

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

Composite, enhanced-color image of Pluto (lower right) and its largest moon Charon (upper left) taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. Pluto and Charon are shown with approximately correct relative sizes, but their true separation is not to scale. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of large icy worlds in our outer solar system, according to new […]

Flying chariots and exotic birds: how 17th century dreamers planned to reach the moon

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Flying chariots and exotic birds: how 17th century dreamers planned to reach the moon

Flying chariots and exotic birds: how 17th century dreamers planned to reach the moon kdshutterman/Shutterstock.com Maria Avxentevskaya, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science People have been dreaming about space travel for hundreds of years, long before the arrival of the spectacular technologies behind […]

Five reasons India, China and other nations plan to travel to the Moon

A view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft, showing the Earth rising above the moon’s horizon (July 1969). NASA

Five reasons India, China and other nations plan to travel to the Moon

Five reasons India, China and other nations plan to travel to the Moon A view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft, showing the Earth rising above the moon’s horizon (July 1969). NASA Marc Norman, Australian National University and Penelope King, Australian National University No human has […]

China and the US are both shooting for the moon – but don’t call it a space race

Who’s rushing? The Chinese Long March 5 rocket lifts off. zhangjin_net/Shutterstock.com

China and the US are both shooting for the moon – but don’t call it a space race

China and the US are both shooting for the moon – but don’t call it a space race Who’s rushing? The Chinese Long March 5 rocket lifts off. zhangjin_net/Shutterstock.com Cameron Hunter, University of Bristol On the face of it, it looks like two of the […]

An Atmosphere Around the Moon? NASA Research Suggests Significant Atmosphere in Lunar Past and Possible Source of Lunar Water

Artistic impression of the Moon, looking over the Imbrium Basin, with lavas erupting, venting gases, and producing a visible atmosphere. Credit: NASA MSFC

An Atmosphere Around the Moon? NASA Research Suggests Significant Atmosphere in Lunar Past and Possible Source of Lunar Water

An Atmosphere Around the Moon? NASA Research Suggests Significant Atmosphere in Lunar Past and Possible Source of Lunar Water Looking up at the Moon at night, Earth’s closest neighbor appears in shades of gray and white; a dry desert in the vacuum of space, inactive […]

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next

Images of the lost Beagle 2. Author provided

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next Images of the lost Beagle 2. Author provided John Bridges, University of Leicester The last picture taken of the Mars lander Beagle 2 showed it being successfully ejected from […]

How a new orbital moon station could take us to Mars and beyond

A NASA Orion craft brings a crew to the Deep Space Gateway in lunar orbit (artist’s impression) NASA

How a new orbital moon station could take us to Mars and beyond

How a new orbital moon station could take us to Mars and beyond Full moon photographed from Earth. Gregory H. Revera/wikimedia, CC BY-SA David Rothery, The Open University The dream of a human habitat in orbit about the moon came a step closer on September […]

A RAVAN in the Sun

On Aug. 21, 2017, RAVAN observed the sun during the solar eclipse. Here, an artistic rendering depicts RAVAN’s view just prior to the event. Credits: NASA

A RAVAN in the Sun

A RAVAN in the Sun While people across the nation gazed at August’s total solar eclipse from Earth, a bread loaf-sized NASA satellite had a front row seat for the astronomical event. The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes, or RAVAN, CubeSat was developed to […]