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A huge comet will fly by Earth in July and you might see it

A comet first spotted in the distance in 2017 might finally be within view soon of amateur astronomers.

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April 8, 1964: 1st test flight of Gemini spacecraft

On April 8, 1964, NASA launched the first uncrewed test flight of the new Gemini spacecraft. This was the very first mission of Project Gemini, which would later send crews of two into orbit.

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10 amazing exoplanet discoveries

Astronomers continue to exoplanet discoveries around distant stars — here are the most intriguing finds so far.

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New Details Emerge: Richard Branson’s Trip to Space Didn't Go as Planned

Alarming new details are emerging about the historic Virgin Galactic flight that took billionaire Richard Branson to the edge of space.

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Could NASA Really Find Life on Venus? Here's The Most Likely Place to Look

NASA has selected two missions, dubbed DAVINCI+ and VERITAS, to study the "lost habitable" world of Venus. Each mission will receive approximately US$500 million for development and both are expected to launch between 2028 and 2030.

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NASA, SpaceX launch astronauts to space station from Kennedy Space Center, first time using recycled rocket

Four astronauts vaulted off the pad at the Kennedy Space Center early Friday, kicking off NASA and SpaceX's second full-duration mission to the ISS.

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NASA’s Mars helicopter just flew for the second time

When NASA's Ingenuity helicopter took off for the first time on Mars on April 19th it was a history-making moment. No manmade spacecraft had ever achieved powered flight on another planet, and the pint-sized helicopter made it look relatively easy.

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Historic NASA Launch Platform Will Be Demolished

NASA’s Mobile Launcher Platform-2—a structure involved in the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions—is in the process of being torn down.

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Here’s how astronauts vote from space

NASA has a system in place so that astronauts who are in space can still cast their votes in elections. The process is relatively straightforward, with a unique ballot sent electronically that only the voter can access.

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X-37B space plane launches on its most ambitious mission to date | Engadget

The X-37B space plane has launched carrying its most experiments ever -- and an endurance record to challenge.

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Attention Aspiring Astronauts: Challenge Yourself With SpaceX's ISS Docking Simulator

Before SpaceX sends its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, see what the astronauts onboard will experience with this free docking simulator.

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South Korea says recovered coronavirus patients who tested positive again did not relapse: Tests picked up 'dead virus fragments'

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was worried the virus was reactivating after people recovered, but scientists dismissed the fear.

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Why is space so cold if the sun is so hot?

Earth is a pretty mild place, but space is full of wild temperature extremes.

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Moon Landing: Why It's Still So Hard to Land on the Moon

Two missions from SpaceIL and the Indian Space Research Organization both failed to land craft on the moon this year. Fifty years after Apollo, we spoke to two space experts to understand why are lunar landings still so challenging.

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Could You Pass This Astronaut Aptitude Test? | Mental Floss

Think you've got what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin? Take this Astronaut Test and find out.

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They Were at Mission Control During Apollo 11. 50 Years Later, the Memory Still Moves Them to Tears | Time

A half-century later, the men who made it happen still get choked up talking about that day in 1969. Here's what they remember.

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Beresheet, Israel and my African space dreams | Masimba Musodza

Israel can inspire a nation that wanted to 'Bring Down the Moon' and indulged a crackpot plan to send cats to Mars

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Earth's Atmosphere Is Bigger Than We Thought - It Actually Goes Past The Moon

We humans like to put labels and boundaries on things. For example, the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, the point at 100 kilometres (62 miles) altitude where aeronautics end, and astronautics take over.

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Here's How to Watch the Insight Landing on Mars on Monday

In a few days, humanity will once again reach out and touch the surface of a foreign world.

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Underground Lake Found on Mars? Get the Facts.

The 12-mile-wide reservoir could solve a Martian mystery—and offer a new target in the hunt for extraterrestrial life.

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NASA Nuclear Reactor Could Enable 'Unprecedented Exploration' of Space

Researchers announced Wednesday that a prototype of a nuclear reactor device just passed a lengthy experiment with flying colors. Kilopower is safe enough to work in space, and the reactor could enable "unprecedented exploration" of the moon, Ma

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Hawaii's Kilauea Eruption: Why Scientists Are Nervous - The Atlantic

“There’s not a lot of words to capture a gradual, slow-developing disaster like this.”