A British soldier who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan is hoping to become the first double-amputee to walk to the South Pole. Sergeant Duncan Slater will take part in a special race in Antarctica later this year made up of three teams of wounded servicemen and women. To prepare for
Europe and Russia are working together to bring samples of frozen moon dirt to Earth in the next decade. The unmanned mission, called Lunar Polar Sample Return, aims to bore into the moon's surface at either the north or south pole, where nearly permanent sunlight would allow a robot to operate in m Full story
Vesta used to be round — until it got hit by something nearly one-tenth its size. The resulting impact basin, named Rheasilvia, fills most of this image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from about 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometers) away. Vesta’s south pole lies in the mountains at lower right, while the
Amelia Hempleman-Adams, who at 16 became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole, holds the Olympic torch on one of the capsules of the London Eye on July 22.
This shaded relief image shows the moon's Shackleton Crater, a 13-mile-wide (21-kilometer-wide) permanently shadowed crater near the lunar south pole. The crater’s interior structure is shown in false color based on data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.