From 1969 to 2019 to beyond
Fifty years ago, the world watched in wonder as the Apollo 11 astronauts became the first humans to set foot on another world. To mark the anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the Moon, Encyclopaedia agÓéŔÖ will start a yearlong journey to examine our past, present, and future in space.
Our mission is to feed the worldâ€™s curiosity about space.
We know that what we know may only be the tip of the iceberg. We know that thereâ€™s so much more to explore. What lies in space, and why are we so fascinated with it? What can it teach us? Who has the right to explore space? Will private money outspend public money? Will the nations of the world be able to coexist peacefully in space?
From the race to the Moon to space stewardshipâ€¦
We explore subjects ranging from whether space tourism will become widespread to how spaceflight will be a part of the global economy in the mid-21st century. With the help of our readers, we’ll answer why space interests us so much. What is our fascination with space? Is space a global story of human frontiers? What potential does space hold? Is our future, and maybe even our survival, truly out there? These are some of the questions that will drive SpaceNext50 over the next year.
Space Race: Old and New
What propelled us to look to the Moon? What ignited the inspiration and the dream? What helped us to mobilize in the space race?
Planets and the Earthâ€™s Moon Quiz
Whatâ€™s the relationship between distant planets and supposed extraterrestrial life? What is our solar systemâ€™s hottest planet? Strap on your thinking capsâ€”and seat beltsâ€”and test your astronomy knowledge in this quiz.Test Your Knowledge
Space Travel: Fact or Fiction?
Was Mariner 1 the first spacecraft to photograph Earth from the Moon? From space shuttles to space stations, navigate the outer limits in this quiz.Test your knowledge
Brightest Star in the Solar System Quiz
This giant ball of energy regulates our perspective of time, but how much do you really know about the Sun? Turn on your mental lightbulbs and find out in this quiz.Test your knowledge
News from Space
GAO finds small chance JWST will launch in 2021
The Government Accountability Office reported that while the James Webb Space Telescope project has made progress, there is only a 12 percent chance it will launch in 2021.
Bridenstine airs concerns about House bill
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed his concerns with the House of Representatives’ NASA bill, which pushed back human landings on the Moon to 2028.
NASA selects first commercial module for ISS
NASA selected the company Axiom Space to build a commercial module for the International Space Station as part of its plan to boost the economy of low Earth orbit.
Close call predicted between two defunct satellites
Space debris monitoring company LeoLabs predicted a near miss of 15-30 meters between the defunct space telescope IRAS and an dead military technology satellite GGSE-4.