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 Britannica will start a yearlong journey to examine our past, present, and future in space.
Our mission is to feed the world’s curiosity about space.
We know that what we know may only be the tip of the iceberg. We know that there’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 stewardship…
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.
Planets and the Earth’s Moon Quiz
What’s the relationship between distant planets and supposed extraterrestrial life? What is our solar system’s hottest planet? Strap on your thinking caps—and seat belts—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
Did You Know?
Space starts 62 miles (100 km) above Earth.
Countries planning to send missions to the Moon
People in space right now
Orbiters and rovers currently working around and on Mars
See the latest news from space
Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson died at the age of 101. She calculated trajectories for the first space flights at a time when the space agency was racially segregated. Her life was depicted in the book and movie Hidden Figures.
Japan approves mission to Phobos
The Japanese Space Agency approved a mission to return a sample to Earth from the Martian moon Phobos. The probe would launch in 2024, land on Phobos in 2025, and return to Earth in 2029.
Russia replaces two cosmonauts with backups
Russia announced that two cosmonauts that would launch to the International Space Station on April 9 would be replaced by their backups for medical reasons.
Cygnus freighter launched to space station
A Cygnus freighter carrying supplies for the International Space Station was launched from Wallops Island, Virginia. The Cygnus was named for Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., the first African American astronaut.