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Space Time is an Inverse series that remembers the most important moments in humanity’s exploration of outer space.

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50 years ago: Mars 3 taught us to turn failure to success on Mars

Mars 3 accomplished the first soft landing on Mars. Then it died.

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50 years ago, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. joined forces to ensure astronauts could survive in space

Could this happen today?

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10 years ago, one SpaceX launch showed NASA they could work with Elon Musk

“This mission heralds the dawn of a new era of space exploration.”

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70 years ago, the world united for a monumental scientific project — and kicked off the Space Race

This week marks the 70th anniversary of a landmark scientific collaboration across the world.

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60 years ago, a forgotten shiny balloon in space changed how we watch TV forever

The echoes of this NASA mission continue to reverberate today.

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50 years ago, a Soviet spacecraft spent a critical 50 minutes and 11 seconds on Venus

Venera-8 made a photo of Venus’ surface possible.

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30 years ago, an international space mission radically changed how we see Earth

The predecessor the ISS still gets its day in the Sun.

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50 years ago, NASA sent a message to aliens — and sparked a Solar System mystery

A mere fifty years ago, Pioneer 10 launched and became the first unmanned mission to Jupiter. The mission revealed new details about the Solar System — and sent a message to aliens.

Guidebook

55-years-ago, the world wrote the prime directives for outer space

Almost six decades ago, the world sat down and wrote the rule book for solving potential conflicts in outer space.

First world?

30 years ago, astronomers found a planet where it shouldn’t be — and made history

It got weird, fast.

Space champ

50 years ago, Richard Nixon made a radical decision that changed NASA forever

Richard Nixon wanted a cost effective, routine way to put stuff in space. And with the Space Shuttle, he sort of got it.

What now?

30 years ago, the fall of the USSR stranded a cosmonaut in space

Sergei Krikalev had a God's eye view of the fall of the Iron Curtain. He wasn't given much choice in the matter.

Beep

How amateur radio fanatics launched the world's first private communications satellite

Before the CubeSat, there was OSCAR 1.

First

50 years ago: Mars 3 taught us to turn failure to success on Mars

Mars 3 accomplished the first soft landing on Mars. Then it died.

Spaced

60 years ago, a space chimpanzee made history — and left a dark legacy

Enos the chimpanzee orbited the Earth before John Glenn. Neither Enos or John were happy about that.

Hello

50 years ago, a NASA spacecraft revealed Martian volcanoes

After a series of underwhelming Mars missions suggest Mars might be, well, boring, Mariner 9 revealed the Red planet it all its dusty and gargantuan glory.

Looking sharp

Look: 55 years ago, NASA took ‘the picture of the century’

Lunar Orbiter 2 showed us the Moon in a whole new light.

Go deeper
Show some teeth

Hubble Telescope captures rare sight of a “smiling” space object

Say cheese!

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50 years ago, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. joined forces to ensure astronauts could survive in space

Could this happen today?

Space Sangria

NASA plans to launch an unexpected organism to space to study cosmic radiation

Cosmic radiation remains a significant danger to spacefarers.

Science

The first congressional hearing on UFOs in 50 years shows America’s interest in aliens will never fade

In the 1960s, just as now, the US military expressed great interest in UFOs.

Science

Astronomers find an Einsteinian hack to image black holes

Researchers from Columbia University announced a new and potentially easier way to study black holes.

i mean probably not, but

70-year-old astronomy photos may be clues to alien visitors — study

The plates, taken prior to the launch of Sputnik, show satellite-like objects near Earth.

Reel Science

The most controversial alien sci-fi movie on Amazon Prime explores a murky theory on the origin of life

Is it problematic to suggest aliens are the origin of life on Earth? Let's explain.

It's not aliens

Voyager 1 is sending bizarre, glitchy signals back to NASA

The puzzling signal is coming from onboard the spacecraft, but there’s a challenge in diagnosing from afar.

Science

New picture answers many questions about our galaxy's black hole — and reveals some mysteries

The recently-released image shows how Sagittarius A* is both mundane and very strange, all at once.

Science

These galaxies have no dark matter — and astronomers may finally know why

A galaxy 65 million light years away holds secrets to an ancient traffic jam, which may have kicked out dark matter in the process.

Glow up

Look: ESA captures remarkable images of a “hedgehog” structure on the Sun

A hedgehog on the Sun? It’s more likely than you think.

Innovation

Boeing Starliner OFT-2 launch date, specs, and timeline for the ISS flight

The second launch of the Starliner will take place Thursday, with Boeing's ISS abilities on the line.

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70 years ago, the world united for a monumental scientific project — and kicked off the Space Race

This week marks the 70th anniversary of a landmark scientific collaboration across the world.

Science

NASA announces the end of its Marsquake-hunting lander

Martian dust is bringing a unique Martian mission to an end.

Creepy but cool

Blood Moon 2022: 8 breathtaking images of May’s total lunar eclipse

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We now have an image of the Milky Way’s central black hole — here’s how it happened

The recently-released image invovles a whole lot of technical work from stations across the world.