Space Missions

We're lucky to live in a time when space exploration is on the rise. Private companies like SpaceX have sent so many satellites into space that a rocket launch has become almost a trivial event. There are many exciting upcoming missions to our Moon, the planets, and asteroids. Astronomers launch huge telescopes into space that may uncover mind-blowing secrets about the Universe itself. Here, you'll learn about noteworthy space missions of the future and the past.

A Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with Starlink satellites

How to See Starlink Satellite Train 2023

~18 min

Learn how to see Starlink satellites in the sky from your location and get info on the upcoming Starlink launches.

Astronomical News
Zarya ISS Module

Celebrating 25 Years of the Zarya ISS Module: The Dawn of International Space Cooperation

~2 min

Marking 25 years since the launch of Zarya, the first module of the International Space Station. No boring numbers on this great day – just a brief explanation of why Zarya is dope. 🔥

Astronomical News
ISS Test

Interesting Facts About the ISS

How many people live on the ISS? Where do they get oxygen and electricity? Which country has never visited the station? Take this quiz to get answers to these and many other questions and test your knowledge about the International Space Station.

First cat in space

The Story of Félicette: How the World Almost Forgot About the First Cat in Space

~4 min

60 years ago, France sent a stray cat into space. 🐈🚀 Learn the sad story behind the great space journey of the only cat in space!

Astronomical News
Vostok 1 Spacecraft

April 12: Anniversary of the First Manned Space Flight

~6 min

On April 12, we celebrate the anniversary of the first human spaceflight. Learn more about modern astronauts and space missions!

Astronomical News
Tiangong Space Station with the flag of China

Quiz: Tiangong Space Station 🛰️🇨🇳

Tiangong (“Heavenly Palace”) is China’s new space station, which was completed in late 2022. Take this quiz to learn many interesting facts about the Tiangong space station, including: - How big it is compared to the ISS; - How quickly it was assembled; - How many people it can host; - And many more! Let’s see how many answers you can get right!

Space junk

The Problem of Space Junk — How We Block Our Way Into Space

~6 min

A berry-size piece of debris can damage or even destroy a spacecraft. Learn more about space junk: what it is, what people left in space, and how we can get rid of it.

Astronomical News
Lucy spacecraft flying past the Trojan asteroids

NASA Launches Lucy!

~3 min

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft launches soon. It will study the asteroids in the orbit of Jupiter and help us learn more about the evolution of the Solar System.

Astronomical News
Famous spacecraft

Most Famous Spacecraft in History

Over the past half century, scientists have sent numerous probes and satellites into space. Many of them – like Sputnik 1, Apollo 11, and Hubble – became famous even among ordinary people because of their breakthrough achievements. In this quiz, you'll need to guess famous spacecraft from their silhouettes and description. Take the quiz and see how many of them you can guess correctly!

60th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight

60th Anniversary of the First Human Space Flight

~4 min

In today’s article, we’ll talk about the flight of Yuri Gagarin and remember another important event that also happened on April 12.

Astronomical News