The natural world does not end at the Earth's stratosphere.
Our own bodies are made up of elements that began their journey in the hearts of stars. The warmth of the Sun is just one of the conditions necessary to sustain life. Our planet is part of a bigger picture - a cosmos which has fascinated humans since we first gazed at the night sky and named the constellations.
Meet the Museum scientists working at forefront of space research. Get answers to your pressing questions about our solar system, space missions, space travel, the search for life on Mars, planetary protection and beyond.
Explore highlights from the collections including gem-filled meteorites, extraterrestrial specimens and diamond stardust older than our solar system.
The search for life on Mars
27 July 2018
To help us tell fact from science fiction, scientists and engineers involved in the ExoMars 2020 program discuss the latest on the search for life on Mars.
Are we really made of stardust?
4 June 2018
Stars that go supernova are responsible for creating many of the elements of the periodic table, including those that make up the human body.