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An illustration of NASA's Voyager probe drifting through space.

NASA says Voyager 2 is the second human object ever to touch interstellar space — the void between stars

NASA says its Voyager 2 probe flew into interstellar space in November and beyond the sun's reach. However, the robot has not left the solar system.
An illustration of a Breakthrough Starshot "nanocraft" being propelled toward the Alpha Centauri star system with a powerful laser beam.

A startup is developing a 100-gigawatt laser to propel a probe to another star system. That may be powerful enough to ‘ignite an entire city....

Breakthrough Starshot wants to use lasers to propel probes to Alpha Centauri. But chief engineer Peter Klupar said they "could ignite an entire city."
A rendering of a lunar rover for China's Chang'e-4 moon mission.

China just launched the first mission to explore the moon’s far side. When it lands, the discoveries may be revolutionary.

On Friday, China launched a lunar-landing mission to the far side of the moon. It may be the first to explore a vast region of the moon we never see.

NASA will reach an asteroid today that may contain raw materials for the origin of life. Watch the rendezvous live.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe will reach Asteroid Bennu on Monday. Two years later, it will try to collect grit from the space rock and launch it Earth.
A simulated view of Earth and the moon.

NASA’s first moon landings in nearly 50 years may happen in 2019. The agency thinks these 9 companies can get it to the lunar surface.

NASA announced the next phase of its Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. Nine companies will bid to get the US back to the moon by 2022.
NASA plans to return to the moon with American companies.

NASA administrator: ‘The US is returning to the surface of the moon, and we’re doing it sooner than you think!’

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is about to reveal partnerships with Astrobotic and other US companies that hope to return the US to the moon.
Mars is one of the most-visited planets in the solar system.

NASA’s newest Mars mission lands on Monday — here are 13 incredible facts you should know about the red planet

NASA is about to land InSight: a new, $830-million robotic Mars lander. Here are 13 of the most surprising facts about the red planet.

Elon Musk just announced a new name for the 387-foot-long SpaceX rocket he wants to send to Mars

Elon Musk and his company SpaceX have been working on a gigantic, 39-story spacecraft that's designed to eventually send humans to Mars.

Elon Musk says SpaceX is on track to launch people to Mars within 6 years — here’s the full timeline of his plans to colonize the red plan...

Elon Musk founded SpaceX in hopes of colonizing Mars, and the tech mogul is unafraid of sharing his timelines to launch humans to the red planet.

Stephen Hawking: Humans need to leave Earth or risk being annihilated by nuclear war or climate change

Stephen Hawking, who died in March, wrote a collection of essays that were published this week. Hawking believed humans need to leave the Earth to survive as a race. In one of the essays, he wrote that he is worried about the possibility of nuclear war and the devastating effects of climate change.