This year was a busy one for space science. Scientists solved the mystery of the universe’ weirdest molecule. Voyager 2 revealed unprecedented details about the cosmos beyond our Solar System. Black holes were caught on camera. And SpaceX, NASA, and the ESA again made strides in aerospace development. We could go on, but we won’t: Inverse is counting down the top 20 wildest stories about space from 2019. You can read them all here.
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Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder on Saturn’s largest moon…
Say “cheese,” Messier 87.
SpaceX’s moves in 2019 pave the way for faster global communications.
A 3D map reveals our home galaxy has an unexpected S-shape warp in it’s stellar disc.
It’s more likely to be from asteroids than benevolent aliens.
The Age of the Dinosaurs came to an abrupt, chaotic, and terrible end.
While SpaceX’s giant Starships capture the world’s attention today, Starhopper shouldn’t be forgotten.
The impact released an amount of energy equivalent to 240 kilotons of TNT.
The ambitious project was quickly thwarted by a cold lunar night.
Scientists discovered the first geological evidence of groundwater on Mars.
Liquid methane lakes, icy dunes, and labyrinthine canyons pepper the landscape of Saturn’s largest moon.
The weirdest molecules in the universe finally have an origin story.
Think of it as the ‘Little Bang.’
In November 2019, a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch marked three firsts for the company.
A wild new hypothesis links supernovae to a pivotal moment in human evolution.
Voyager 2’s crossing into interstellar space revealed surprising new details about our small corner of the Milky Way.
In the beginning, there was soup.
The rocket may be ideally suited for manned lunar missions, according to SpaceX leadership.
These hardy microscopic creatures crash landed on the lunar surface in April 2019 — and they might still be there.
If last year’s innovations are anything to go by, Elon Musk’s prediction of a city on Mars by 2050 may actually become a reality.