Top 5 Facts: The Moon

1) Nobody owns it There are US flags and Soviet pennants on the Moon but they are purely symbolic. The Outer Space Treaty gives the Moon the same status as international waters. 2) Man in the Moon The stark contrasts … Continued

Solar eclipse

Solar eclipse 2015: The facts you need to know

On 20 March, the UK will experience one of nature’s most amazing spectacles, a solar eclipse. This happens when the Moon moves in front of the Sun for a few minutes, blocking its light and underneath the Moon’s shadow darkness falls. … Continued


Top 5 Facts: Venus

1) Venus has phases like a moon When closest to the Earth, Venus appears bright and crescent-shaped. When it is further away, the planet is dim and round. 2) It rotates backwards Venus has a retrograde, or west to east, rotation. This … Continued


Discover how astronauts survive the perils of space

Ever wondered what life in space is actually like?   Since Yuri Gagarin became the first man to leave earth in 1961, the life of an astronaut has changed drastically.   The Book of Astronauts is the latest digital book … Continued

Future Of Space Travel

Discover the next 500 years of space travel

How It Works has teamed up with All About Space magazine to bring you a complete guide to the future of space travel. Discover where we could visit in the next 5 to 500 years and how we will get there, with … Continued


What lies between the galaxies?

Intergalactic space is what lies between the galaxies and many experts believe it to be filled with some kind of super-thin gas. Then again, there is also the theorised dark matter, the mysterious substance that emits neither light nor radiation … Continued

John W. Young on the Moon

Who owns space?

The 1967 Outer Space Treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming ownership of any celestial object or the empty space in between them. 100 nations have signed and ratified this treaty, including all those currently with a space programme. The … Continued

pleiades gendler stars

Top 5 Facts: Stars

1) Black dwarf It takes 10 trillion years for a white dwarf to cool off entirely. Our galaxy isn’t even old enough for a black dwarf to physically exist yet, but it lies in our Sun’s future. 2) Closing the curtains … Continued

International Space Station

What does the ISS weigh?

The smart-aleck answer is virtually nothing, as in low Earth orbit gravity is nearly zero, meaning the International Space Station has mass but only negligible weight (defined as the force on an object due to gravity). However, if the ISS … Continued

NASA, ISS, 3-D printing, Barry Wilmore

NASA 3D prints on the ISS

Astronauts on board the International Space Station have 3D printed for the first time in space


Why are all the planets round?

Planets are basically round because of the way that gravity works – if you imagine all of a planet’s mass concentrated at its core, then it’s pulling with equal force in every direction. Provided the gravity is strong enough and … Continued

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