Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:52 AM Aug 26 2016

Jeff Williams' father was a seasonal Park Ranger with the National Park Service, taking his family out to Wyoming every summer.

Charles Q. Choi
at 10:52 AM Aug 26 2016

The dramatic announcement that a small rocky planet might exist in the nearest star system to the sun, Alpha Centauri, raises the hope that we might be able to send probes to an alien world in our lifetimes.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 10:52 AM Aug 26 2016

On August 23, the Chinese National Space Administration announced details of China's first Martian probe; a lander and rover. The Martian probe, whose name will be selected after a global contest, will be launched in 2020. That target is set for when Earth and Mars reach the closest proximity in 26 months. It will take off from the Wenchang Launch Center on Hainan island, and reach Mars in 2021 after a seven month voyage.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016

Congratulations are in order. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams just broke the U.S. record for cumulative spaceflight hours, previously set by Scott Kelly.

Samantha Cole
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016

China's unveiled illustrations of its Mars probe and rover, following earlier announcements of its plan to land on the trendiest planet for bots.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016
Space // 

Hey neighbour! Our lonely patch of the sky just got a little less lonely with the identification of a rocky, Earth-sized planet neighboring the star closest to our own Sun.

Samantha Cole
at 10:32 AM Aug 25 2016

When you're flinging a tiny circuit board 25 trillion miles through the universe, it's bound to hit some stuff. And when it's moving at one fifth the speed of light, even the tiniest speck of space dust can hurt.

 
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