2018 was a busy year for space travel and exploration. NASA landed a research craft on Mars and China launched for the dark side of the moon. The International Space Station (ISS) celebrated its 20th birthday, SpaceX broke its own record for number of launches, and scientists even found water on a distant asteroid. Arash Arabasadi hurls us through the cosmos for VOA’s look back at the year in space.
Nigeria's campaign to vaccinate more people against yellow fever appears to be making headway. The government is partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and UNICEF to immunize more than 26 million people. It is the second phase of Nigeria's preventive campaign after a yellow fever outbreak in September 2017. Timothy Obiezu has more from Abuja.
NASA scientists are getting a very special New Year's Day gift. The New Horizons spacecraft is moving into unexplored space beyond Neptune to investigate objects so far out in our solar system they can hardly be seen by telescope. As VOA's Kevin Enochs reports, the trip far out in space may help scientists figure out how the solar system was created.
The world's wildlife remains under increasing pressure because of human encroachment, the effects of climate change and — especially — poaching. It is estimated that the global wildlife trafficking market is worth up to $23 billion. Conservationists are fighting back to save some of the most endangered species we have left. Faith Lapidus reports.
Researchers examined mortality estimates for more than 15.2 million international migrants; overall, migrants were about 30 percent less likely to experience premature death from all causes than natives of the countries where they moved