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Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacesuit.

11 of the biggest innovations shaping the future of spaceflight today

Private companies like SpaceX and Boeing have started to take the lead in humankind's march into space.
An artist's conception of the dust and gas surrounding a newly formed planetary system.

Earth is screaming through space at 1.3 million mph. A simple animation by a former NASA scientist shows what that looks like.

Earth orbits the sun, which orbits the center of the Milky Way galaxy, which is itself barreling through space.
The center of the Milky Way galaxy, imaged by the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras, October 9, 2019.

A NASA image shows the center of our galaxy in unprecedented detail. Expect far more revealing photos from a soon-to-launch telescope.

NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will bring "the highest-quality image ever obtained of the galactic center," one researcher said.
An artist’s impression of the massive bursts of radiation (purple) exploding from the center of the Milky Way and impacting the Magellanic Stream (the white cloud below the Milky Way spiral).

A huge explosion sliced through our galaxy just 3.5 million years ago, as human ancestors walked the Earth. Scientists think it was nuclear activity i...

NASA's Hubble telescope found traces of the explosion in a gas stream beyond the Milky Way, "dramatically" changing scientists' view of our galaxy.
A space craft named "Soyuz MS-15" takes off for the International Space Station with meat cells onboard.

Astronauts just printed meat in space for the first time — and it could change the way we grow food on Earth

A spacecraft with vials of cow cells landed at the International Space Station in September. From there, cosmonauts fed the vials into a 3D printer.
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes the planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

20 new moons were just discovered orbiting Saturn, and you can help name them

Saturn now has more moons than any other planet in our solar system. You can suggest names for 20 newly discovered moons in a Twitter contest.
Patrick Stewart plays Jean-Luc Picard in the sci-fi space series "Star Trek."

Warp speeds in ‘Star Trek’ are achingly slow, and a simple animation by a former NASA scientist proves it

The animation shows how long it takes the starship Enterprise in "Star Trek" to reach Pluto at warp factors that break the known laws of physics.
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.
Technicians inspect the coating of a mirror inside the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO.

A powerful experiment that cracked a 100-year-old mystery posed by Einstein just got a huge upgrade

A Japanese observatory is joining Earth's most powerful experiment to detect ripples in spacetime, helping make more detections with greater accuracy.
Many people associate Tang drink mix with the space program, although it wasn't actually made for astronauts.

6 space-themed novelty items we totally forgot about

People who grew up in the 20th century are probably familiar with space-themed products that capitalized on America's space fervor.