Water vapour has been discovered in the atmosphere of another world by researchers at University College London. The ‘super-Earth’, named K2-18b, is 110 light years away – making it the only known planet outside of our solar system with conditions that could support life.
The assembly of the ExoMars rover has been completed. If parachute tests are successful, the rover will launch in July 2020 to search for evidence of life on the red planet.
It’s been half a century since humankind first landed on the moon. When astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first step in 1969, over half a billion people were watching at home for the climax of a Space Race between nations. Twelve people walked on the lunar surface as part of the Apollo missions, and today a new race to return to the moon is underway.
Unlike a solar eclipse, it’s entirely safe to watch a lunar eclipse with the naked eye.
Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX has completed its latest mission, launching the Falcon Heavy rocket into orbit for the third time. In what Musk described as their “most difficult launch ever”, the rocket took 24 satellites into space, carrying NASA’s deep space atomic clock and The Planetary Society’s solar sail, LightSail 2, hoping to develop the technology that will allow humankind to one day explore space further.
The bright spot in the distance was photographed days before the rover detected a possible sign of life on the Red Planet.
NASA has announced plans for a new mission to the moon which, for the first time in history, will include women. The new mission is named Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the moon, and will mark humankind’s return to the moon after almost fifty years. Women have been visiting space since 1963, but all twelve astronauts who walked on the surface of the moon in the Apollo programme were men.
The agency is trying to raise money so they can send astronauts to the Moon in 2024.
Who needs a beach holiday when you can have a space holiday?
Fifty years ago this week, 'Snoopy' and 'Charlie Brown' paved the way for the first lunar landing.
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