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This illustration by artist Pat Rawling shows the concept of a space elevator as viewed from the geostationary transfer station looking down the length of the elevator towards the Earth.

A giant elevator could connect Earth to space using current technology, experts say — here’s how that might work

A space elevator could make it easier, cheaper, and more sustainable to transport cargo and people from the surface of Earth or the moon to space.
This artist's concept depicts astronauts and human habitats on Mars.

NASA’s future missions will explore an icy moon of Jupiter, collect samples on Mars, and more. Here’s what’s coming in the next 10 y...

NASA intends to return to the moon, continue on to Mars, and look for life near Saturn and Jupiter within 10 years. Its other plans go even further.

India’s and Israel’s moon-landing attempts both failed during descent — here’s why the ’15 minutes of terror’ are ...

Lunar landers must choreograph complex commands with little room for failure, while dealing with the moon's wonky gravity, uneven terrain, and dust.
This artist’s impression shows the planet K2-18b, its host star, and an accompanying planet in this system. K2-18b is now the only super-Earth exoplanet known to host both water and temperatures that could support life.

Scientists have discovered water vapor on a potentially habitable super-Earth for the first time. That planet is now our best bet for finding alien li...

K2-18b is our "best candidate for habitability," since it's the only known exoplanet with water vapor, an atmosphere, and potential for liquid water.
The Milky Way's spiral centers around a supermassive black hole. Scientists think that every galaxy has one at its center.

Alien civilizations may have explored the galaxy and visited Earth already, new study says. We just haven’t seen them recently.

The answer to the Fermi Paradox could be that aliens have already visited Earth, a study says. But it might have been more than 10 million years ago.
A prototype of NASA's xEMU spacesuit program called the Z-2. The agency is designing new suits for astronauts to explore planetary surfaces.

An astronaut is urging NASA to form a new spacesuit program now if it hopes to get back to the moon in 2024

NASA's only operational spacesuits are aboard the International Space Station. And at 40 years-old each, they're not getting any younger — or safer.

India lost contact with its moon lander, and an astronomer thinks the spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface

The Vikram moon lander disappeared from communications just 1.3 miles above the lunar surface. An astronomer thinks the data indicates a crash.
Elon Musk and SpaceX are developing a stainless-steel rocket ship called Starship.

SpaceX is eyeing these 9 places on Mars for its first Starship rocket missions

A planetary geologist at NASA JPL requested the photos of Mars for SpaceX but apparently can't discuss the images thanks to a nondisclosure agreement.
An infrared view of Uranus over two days in July 2004.

Uranus is hiding 13 invisible rings. These images captured their warm glow for the first time.

Astronomers measuring heat in Uranus' atmosphere stumbled upon its rings and measured their temperature for the first time: -320 degrees Fahrenheit.
An artist’s impression of a collision between a young Jupiter and a massive still-forming protoplanet in the early solar system.

Jupiter got hit by a planet with 10 times the mass of Earth billions of years ago, and its core is still reeling, a new study suggests

A head-on collision explains why Jupiter's core is so much more diffuse than scientists expected. Jupiter likely absorbed the smaller planet.