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.

Meet the Museum scientists working at the 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. 

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