Private rocket company SpaceX is a leader among the new space push to send humans to orbit on commercial craft.
Pluto, originally considered the ninth planet, was recently classified as a dwarf planet and is the least massive planet in the solar system.
Scientists speculate that ours might not be the only universe out there — we might instead live in a "multiverse".
UFOs, or Unidentified Flying Objects, and extraterrestrials are perennial favorites in science fiction, but to date there have been no confirmed encounters on Earth.
NASA is the federal space agency run by the United States to oversee American space exploration, research and technology.
Meteors, also known as shooting stars, are pieces of dust and debris from space that burn up in Earth's atmosphere, where they can create a bright streak across the night sky.
Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time created by the interaction of massive objects in space, such as black holes and neutron stars.
The International Space Station is a $100 billion research outpost in low-Earth orbit. See the latest news, photos and videos from ISS missions here.
Rocket launches used to be the realm of national governments, but with the rise of private spaceflight companies more rockets are launching into space than ever before.
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