When Star Trek referred to space as the final frontier for the first time in 1966, the shows creators, cast, and viewers had no true conception of just how much lay out in the universe, waiting to be discovered. Our solar system—filled with eight planets and Pluto—defined the known range of planets. However, since 1992, advancing telescope technology has allowed NASA and astronomers around the world to discover exoplanets outside of our system.
It was long thought that modern humans, known as homo sapiens, settled in Europe around 45,000 to 43,000 years ago.
It appears that three cosmonauts arriving at the International Space Station just made a big statement.
The James Webb Telescope is one step closer to taking its place as the successor to the Hubble Telescope. After launching on December 25, the telescope has been going through a complex process to get set up in order to start taking high-resolution photos of the cosmos. In a milestone event, it has aligned all of its mirrors and just took its first fully focused test image of a star.
Scotland's Isle of Skye is known for its beautiful rocky cliffs and brilliant green fields.
Lots of people have thought about the apocalypse, including what they might eat when society or the environment collapses.
Spending time outdoors can offer myriad health benefits. In young children, exposure to trees can boost brain development and foster creativity. For adults, daily steps can help stave off early mortality; meanwhile, sun exposure provides vitamin D and lower anxiety rates. While these health benefits have been documented for decades, only recently have doctors been able to actually prescribe them.
The spine is critical to human mobility.
Astrophotographers from 30 nations entered their best work into the inaugural photo competition from the Save a Star non-profit.
Have you ever dreamed of spending a night in the vast emptiness of space? While we as a species have learned to escape the confines of Earth and explore the great unknown, the journey is a privilege for only the select few. With the rigor of training that astronauts undergo before traveling to space, the idea of everyday consumers completing the trip sounds like a distant dream.
Though it may look like a CGI animation, this gif of the Moon transiting Earth is very real.
NASA is in celebration mode.