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Trump reinstates the National Space Council on June 30, 2017 with astronaut Buzz Aldrin (R).

Trump wants to send humans back to the moon — here’s what his administration has done to spur space exploration so far

Trump has directed NASA to get a man back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Here's what he's done to spur space exploration since becoming president.

The ‘space kingdom’ Asgardia says it’s the first nation with all of its territory in orbit — but legal experts are dubious

Asgardia, a group that's trying to become the first country in space, claims its first satellite is all of its territory. But experts aren't so sure.

NASA’s famous Voyager probes nearly failed during launch — here’s what went terribly wrong

One NASA Voyager probe refused to communicate with Earth while the other launched aboard a leaky rocket.
Jupiter's icy moon Europa as seen via images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.

NASA finally has the map it needs to explore Europa for signs of alien life

Scientists spent 15 years making the first geologic map of Europa. The map will help NASA pick places to explore on the icy, ocean-hiding moon of Jupiter.
An illustration of China's first space station, Tiangong-1, orbiting Earth.

China’s first space station is going to crash into Earth — but objects inside of it may reach the ground unharmed

China's 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 space station, launched in September 2011, will crash to Earth in February 2018. However, equipment inside may survive intact.

Planets and moons are now part of Google Maps — here are 6 incredible worlds you must explore

Far-out destinations like moons, planets, and the International Space Station can now be summoned in web browsers via a feature of Google Maps called "Planets."
A pellet of plutonium-238 dioxide glows under its own warmth.

NASA could run out of nuclear fuel for deep-space missions within a decade

The Department of Energy's production of plutonium-238 for NASA needs some big fixes, according to a new government audit.

Scientists have discovered a potentially suicidal problem with going to Mars

Based on a study in mice, the risk of cancer on Mars could be twice as high as researchers previously thought.

Saturn ruled this scientist’s life for 40 years — here’s why she needs NASA to go back after Cassini’s death

"As Cassini ends, part of me is saying, 'I need to go back,'" Linda Spilker says.

NASA picked the 100 greatest images of Saturn from its Cassini mission — here are some of the best

After 13 years of orbiting Saturn and its moons, NASA's Cassini probe is gone. But the images it left behind are truly astounding.