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Heroes of Space: Katherine Johnson

“I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed … anything that could be counted, I did.” From a very young age, Katherine Johnson had a … Continued

Spotted: Black hole hiding in giant star cluster

An international team of astronomers led by the University of Göttingen witnessed a star in the globular cluster NGC 3201 acting “curious.” Boomeranged forwards and back, the star reached speeds of several hundred thousand kilometres per hour, with the pattern … Continued

Curvature of the Earth

The curvature of the Earth

Students capture stunning images of the Earth’s stratosphere to help monitor pollution levels

Exploring Venus

Venus is the second planet from the Sun and orbits it every 224 Earth days. It rotates the opposite way to the other planets. The second brightest natural object in our night sky, it is bright enough to be visible … Continued

The Apollo Program

The Apollo Program The trailblazing NASA missions that took us to the Moon In the late 1950s, the US and the Soviet Union were racing to reach a major milestone in spaceflight: put humans on the Moon then return them … Continued

Warm Neptune HAT-26b

There’s a warm Neptune?

Find out about an exoplanet that is remarkably similar to the ice giant in our solar system but just a little bit hotter

Animal astronauts

Meet Laika – the first animal in orbit – and the other 9 space pioneering species that paved the way for human spaceflight.

zombie stars

Zombie stars

Meet these hardy survivors of supernovas

Meet the space courier

Is pesky gravity holding your research down? NanoRacks is the commercial space concierge that can help your experiments become out of this world – literally.

The final voyage of Rosetta

The famous spacecraft is sending us close-up images of the 67P comet as it flies on a climactic collision course with the comet’s surface.

Why can’t we live on Venus?

Ever wondered why we can’t just move to our closest neighbour? We’ve got the answer for you right here