2020's best space moments

More than any other scientific area, space is the one that's richest in new discovery. Here is Inverse's annual review of the space moments we found most interesting.
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These celestial objects may be responsible for life in the universe

We really are all made of star stuff.

Flying the flag

Flag for Mars: Elon Musk's city slowly gains an identity to call its own

The SpaceX CEO's plan for a Martian city is taking shape.

new look

30 years later, Voyager reveals new details about one of the Solar System's strangest planets

There’s nothing like looking at 30 year old data with fresh eyes.


Scientists capture a stunning black hole outburst

We can stare at this forever.

bubbling over

With a single image, scientists changed our understanding of the Sun forever

Snap, crackle, and pop.

new neighbors

The Solar System may actually have a ninth planet

In a series of observations, researchers are building a case for the existence of a ninth planet in the Solar System — but it's not Pluto.

Space in 2020

Why tardigrades spilled all over the Moon in 2020

The microscopic creatures have survived the harsh conditions of space before.

burn baby burn

The Sun has entered a new cycle of solar activity

In December 2019, the Sun entered Solar Cycle 25. NASA announced the new cycle has begun in September 2020.

brush your shoulders off

Mars rover selfie reveals the toll of life on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has spent a long seven years on Mars, roaming the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life.

locust swarm

Werner Herzog makes an apocalyptic prediction about Elon Musk's Mars City

"The thought alone is an obscenity."

devils and dust

The answer to where the water on Mars went may lie in its atmosphere

It’s the biggest mystery of our Solar System.

growing pains

NASA data undermines a fundamental principle of cosmology

Galaxy clusters revealed a hidden fact about the universe.

film first

Through the eyes of a robot, scientists see an asteroid in unprecedented detail

Pics or it didn't happen.

Dragon Flies

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Why the ship represents a new chapter in space travel

This year, SpaceX's human-carrying Crew Dragon capsule took private spaceflight to new heights.

a whole new world

First direct study of far side of the Moon reveals a "different world"

Chang'e4: The lunar lander that changed everything in 2020.

star turn

Betelgeuse is the star that just ... won’t ... die

An astronomical disappointment.


Scientists pinpoint a missing ingredient from recipe for life on Earth

In the beginning, there was soup.


In 2019, a 42-year-old NASA mission gave unprecedented insight into our Solar System

Voyager 2's crossing into interstellar space revealed surprising new details about our small corner of the Milky Way.


How ancient cosmic explosions may have forced humans to walk upright

A wild new hypothesis links supernovae to a pivotal moment in human evolution.


Scientists recreated the origins of the universe in a 2x2 inch tube

Think of it as the 'Little Bang.'


Scientists trace origin of mysterious molecules to dying stars

The weirdest molecules in the universe finally have an origin story.


Scientists mapped Titan's awe-inspiring terrain for the first time

Liquid methane lakes, icy dunes, and labyrinthine canyons pepper the landscape of Saturn's largest moon.


Water may once have flowed beneath Mars' surface

Scientists discovered the first geological evidence of groundwater on Mars.


Watch: Wild video captures meteor slamming into Jupiter

The impact released an amount of energy equivalent to 240 kilotons of TNT.


In praise of Starhopper, SpaceX's little Starship that could

While SpaceX's giant Starships capture the world's attention today, Starhopper shouldn't be forgotten.


Chicxulub crater study reveals the terrible end of the dinosaurs

The Age of the Dinosaurs came to an abrupt, chaotic, and terrible end. 


Scientists detected a metal "anomaly" deep beneath the lunar surface

It's more likely to be from asteroids than benevolent aliens.


Study: The Milky Way is "a bit warped"

A 3D map reveals our home galaxy has has an unexpected S-shape warp in it''s stellar disc.


The dawn of a new era: How SpaceX upgraded its tech in 2019

SpaceX's moves in 2019 pave the way for faster global communications.


2019 was the year a black hole broke the internet

Say "cheese," Messier 87.


Titan's lakes may have been formed by exploding nitrogen bombs

Just when you thought things couldn't get weirder on Saturn's largest moon...


The 20 wildest space discoveries of 2019

The universe is truly incredible.