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These are the top 20 scientific discoveries of the decade

The 2010s yielded many incredible finds and important milestones. Here are our favorites.

News | In The News

NASA Astronaut Found Sunken Treasure From Space and Kept It Secret Until His Death

“Gordon went to sleep on top of a fully fuelled missile and it didn’t bother him at all."

Entertainment | Television/Film/Books

'The Right Stuff' blasts off for a Veterans Day screening in Hollywood

Classic Hollywood: Philip Kaufman talks about his epic 'The Right Stuff' before a Veterans Day screening in Hollywood

Miscellaneous | Diaspora

Jewish astronaut snaps space pics of Israel, salutes late father

Jessica Meir posts photos of the Middle East and says it's part of the journey her Iraqi-born dad took, reaching US via Israel, Lebanon, Switzerland and Sweden

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Interstellar space even weirder than expected, NASA's Voyager 2 reveals

The spacecraft is just the second ever to venture beyond the boundary that separates us from the rest of the galaxy.

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NASA’s new Moon-bound spacesuit is safer, smarter and much more comfortable | TechCrunch

The next Americans to set foot on the Moon will do so in a brand new spacesuit that's based on, but hugely improved from, the original Apollo suits that last went up there in the '70s. With easier entry, better mobility, and improved communications, these

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How NASA gave birth to modern computing—and gets no credit for it

The space agency and MIT’s bet on the integrated circuit kicked off the digital age.

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Apollo 11 Put the First Men on the Moon. What About Missions 12-17?

You know Apollo 11. But what did the other Apollo missions accomplish after Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind?

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Why Soviets Sent Dogs, Not Primates, to Space - The Atlantic

Researchers didn’t know how people would react to weightlessness. So they sent animals first.

News | Interesting Stuff

NASA and Peanuts Team Up to Bring Space-Themed Snoopy Booklets to McDonald's Happy Meals | Mental Floss

As part of a new project promoting STEM, NASA booklets starring Snoopy in space will soon be available with McDonald's Happy Meals.

Science & Technology | Cosmic Research

NASA Scientist Claims Earth May Have Been Visited by Extraterrestrials

A NASA scientist has claimed that Earth may have been once visited—or is being visited—by extraterrestrials, but we may not have realized it.

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NASA confirms mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to explore its icy oceans | TechCrunch

NASA has confirmed a mission to Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, will indeed happen. The mission was initially explored starting in 2017, with the space agency looking for reports on how it might proceed, and now NASA has said it will go ahead and mov

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

NASA Solar Probe Spacecraft Fitted With Israeli Tech Reveals Extraordinary Amount Of Data

The probe is fitted with an Israeli-engineered sensor capturing high-res images of the sun's atmosphere; scientists say the data downlinked to Earth is much more than they expected by this point | NoCamels

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Move Over, Energizer Bunny! NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Just Got Its Nuclear Battery

NASA's next spacecraft on the Red Planet, Mars 2020, is getting a nuclear battery to do science on the Red Planet.

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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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Chris Kraft, legendary flight director for NASA, dead at 95

Chris Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA's Mission Control, died Monday in Houston, just two days after the 50th anniversary of what was his and NASA's crowning achievement: Apollo 11's moon landing.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Chris Kraft | NASA

Christopher C. "Chris" Kraft, Jr. (b. 1924) created the concept, and developed the organization, operational procedures, and culture of NASA's Mission Control, which was a critical element of the success of the nation's human spaceflight program

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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Were Almost Left on the Moon | Time

Even after half a century, people still don’t know much about the little broken switch that nearly stranded Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the…

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Here's What Music Apollo 11 Astronauts Enjoyed for Their Walk on the Moon | Military.com

NASA began equipping astronauts with small Sony TC-50 cassette recorders on the Apollo 7 mission. They used them to play mixtapes.

History | History

Meet Margaret Hamilton: The Woman Behind the Apollo Project | Mental Floss

When Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the surface of the Moon in July of 1969, software was a relatively new development. In fact, the Moon mission was one of the first times this kind of engineering was used in such a fundamental way. History was being wri

History | History

The 12 Men Who Walked on the Moon | Mental Floss

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history in 1969 when they became the first people to step foot on the Moon. Ten others have followed in their footsteps.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

Why the Moon landing matters, 50 years later

We owe our current digital age to the 1960s Space Race. What will today’s Space Race herald for the future?

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Michael Collins Is the Forgotten Astronaut of Apollo 11. He's Perfectly Fine With That.

Michael Collins orbited the moon on July 20, 1969, while his colleagues, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked on it.

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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.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

Would we have landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, if JFK had lived?

JFK’s private conversations and public statements in his last year as president crackle with high-stakes gamesmanship and Cold War intrigue.

History | History

Here Are the Bad Things NASA Thought Might Happen to the First Astronauts on the Moon

Fifty years ago this week, humankind landed on the Moon for the first time. It was one of the most impressive technological feats ever pulled off, filled with peril and uncertainty. Given that, it’s fair to wonder just what exactly NASA scientists were wo

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Breathtaking Simulation Recreates Neil Armstrong’s View of the Apollo 11 Landing

Choppy video taken by a camera next to Buzz Aldrin’s window is the only visual record we have of the first Moon landing. Using archival data and new high-res images, a team from NASA has recreated the Apollo 11 landing, showing Neil Armstrong’s perspe

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This is the scariest, most counterintuitive thing astronauts had to do in space

Flying in space to rendezvous with another craft is so hard that the first U.S. astronaut to try it completely failed.

Politics | Leftist Lunacy

‘Take down the flag’! WaPo reveals that the Apollo 11 landing was actually pretty ‘racist and sexist’

"Democracy dies with horrible woke takes on life."

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NASA Remade Its Apollo Mission Control Room In Houston To Look Exactly Like It Did On The Day The Apollo 11 Mission Touched Down On The Moon | WIRED

The frequent WIRED contributor has been captivated by space since he was a kid. Now he's documenting NASA's freshly retro-furbished mission control.

History | History

The best and worst ads that celebrated the Apollo 11 Moon landing

The advertisements honoring the Moon landing in 1969 were the Super Bowl ads of their day.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

Your brain works in space. But in 1961, we didn’t know that

Would astronauts sent into space be able to think? It was a genuine question as we embarked upon our mission to get to the Moon.

History | History

The race to the Moon was so unpopular at one point, President Eisenhower called JFK ‘nuts’

Enthusiasm for the Apollo program waxed and waned, and when people couldn’t see the value in it, they dubbed it a ‘Moondoggle.’

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The definitive, irrefutable proof that Apollo 11 landed on the Moon

We went to the Moon. Here’s all the proof you’ll ever need.

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing in 1969: TV Shows Celebrating 50th Anniversary

Multiple television channels including National Geographic, Smithsonian and Discovery will air special coverage throughout the month.

History | History

Apollo in 50 numbers: The cost

If the US was to beat the Soviets to the Moon, it had to spend large. The Apollo programme would end up costing many billions.

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Texas Aerospace Firm Firefly To Use SpaceIL's Beresheet Lander Tech For NASA Moon Missions

Firefly is set to build a new lunar lander based on the Israeli spacecraft's blueprints as part of a NASA program to deliver science payloads to the moon. | NoCamels

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The Washington Monument Is Transforming Into a Full-Scale Saturn V Rocket for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Find out when and where you can watch the full-scale projection, accompanied by a short film about the 1969 Moon landing.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

Should Neil Armstrong’s Bootprints Be on the Moon Forever? - The New York Times

With renewed interest in the moon, some say it’s time to consider whether, and how, to preserve humanity’s lunar heritage.

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50 Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon—and Buzz Aldrin became the first one to pee on it.

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One giant ... lie? Why so many people still think the moon landings were faked

It all started with a man called Bill Kaysing and his pamphlet about ‘America’s $30bn swindle’ ...

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A new plan for keeping NASA's oldest explorers going

With careful planning and dashes of creativity, engineers have been able to keep NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft flying for nearly 42 years—longer than any other spacecraft in history. To ensure that these vintage robots continue to return the best sc

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SpaceX contracted by NASA to launch black hole and neutron star research craft | TechCrunch

SpaceX has been awarded a new contract by NASA to launch the agency’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, or IXPE. This research spacecraft will study polarized light from sources including neutron stars, pulsar wind nebulae and supermassive black holes

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Trees that traveled to space now live on Earth. Here's where to find them.

Grown from hundreds of seeds that went to the moon on Apollo 14, the arboreal oddities were almost lost to history.

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What Did the Rebbe Say About the Moon Landing? - Chabad

Discover three powerful lessons we can learn from America’s historic Apollo 11 mission – the first crewed landing to the moon.

History | History

Apollo in 50 numbers: Food

Apollo’s multi-day missions meant astronauts needed good quality food. But how do you cook a meal in space when you don’t have a stove or even hot water?

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NASA's Ambitious Mission to Titan - The Atlantic

The agency plans to launch a spacecraft to Titan, a moon of Saturn with some crucial ingredients for habitability.

History | History

Apollo in 50 numbers: The Rocket

To get astronauts to the Moon, Nasa had to build the most powerful rocket ever flown successfully. The Saturn V was just the rocket for the job.

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NASA Moon landing: How Apollo 11 landed on Moon with computers weaker than your smartphone

NASA’S Apollo 11 crew landed on the surface of the Moon for the first time in human history using computers considerably weaker than the average smartphone used today, a tech expert has revealed.

Entertainment | Miscellanneous Trek

NASA Discovers Star Trek Symbol on Mars

It looks like one of NASA's Mars rovers may have boldly gone where someone has gone before. A photo captures by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has made the rounds online, which showcases a bizarrely-shaped footprint of sorts that was found on a sand d

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LEGO Releases Lunar Lander Module Set for Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary | Mental Floss

The LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander module set recreates many of the details of the original spacecraft in 1087 interlocking pieces.

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Israel Museum Exhibit Features New Sections Of Astronaut Ilan Ramon's Diary | Technology News

A new, unique display called 'Time and Space' links the diary to an ancient text from biblical times. | NoCamels

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

NASA’s Twins Study reveals effects of space on Scott Kelly’s health | Science News

Ten research groups studying the twin astronauts found long-term spaceflight can alter a person’s physiology and gene activity.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Gorgeous Orion Nebula Glows in Stunning Red and Blue Light (Photo) | Space

Captured in the visible light spectrum, this deep-space image paints a sharp and colorful picture of the great Orion Nebula.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

When Apollo 10 Nearly Crashed Into the Moon

Apollo 10 marked NASA’s last step before going for the full lunar landing with Apollo 11. But the practice run came close to failure.

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Moondust Could Cloud Our Lunar Ambitions

It's superfine. It's sharp. It sticks to everything. Before we return to the moon, we'll have to conquer one of the weirdest substances in the solar system.

History | History

Snoopy to the Moon! Apollo 10 Commander Looks Back on Historic Flight 50 Years Ago | Space

This is the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 10 mission, which is often referred to as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

News | News

NASA Publishes Photos of Beresheet Lunar Crash Site | Jewish & Israel News

A photograph of the Beresheet spacecraft crash site on the moon taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Photo: NASA. NASA …

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Video Shows How Hard It Really Is to Walk on Earth After 6 Months in Space

Going to space is serious business. How serious? Well, let this video from NASA astronaut Drew Feustel tell you.

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Trump Wants to Get Us Back to the Moon | National Review

Can America and the U.S. space industry stop bickering for long enough to build and launch a mission that will get us back to the moon and lay the basis for the humanization of our solar system ?

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What a Year in Space Did to Scott Kelly

An unprecedented and illuminating study monitored identical twins, one in space and one on Earth.

Science & Technology | Science

NASA Study Subjects Are Getting Paid $18,500 to Stay in Bed for Two Months | Mental Floss

NASA and ESA are testing the effectiveness of artificial gravity by paying 24 lucky volunteers to stay in bed all day.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

First Moon Landing 1969 - YouTube

The video of the very first moon landing of the apollo 11 mission in 1969! Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon with his now legenday words "One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind."

Science & Technology | Science & Space

US to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024, VP Pence Says

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on NASA to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024 — just five years from now — during the National Space Council meeting on Tuesday (March 26).

History | History

'Wonder, awe, excitement': Apollo 16 astronaut describes walking on the Moon

Charles Duke watched from Mission Control in Houston when his fellow Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic Moon landing on July 20, 1969. Less than three years later he followed in their footsteps as the Apollo 16 lunar modu

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America, the Moon, and National Memory

Even though we may have lost our way in a moment mired in silliness, fluff, and self-flagellation, we are indeed capable of accomplishing the unimaginable.

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Weirdly shaped, very dark: Ultima Thule is revealing the outer solar system’s secrets

Scientists are learning more and more about Ultima Thule, the Kuiper Belt object visited two months ago by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

As Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary nears, space fans get ready to celebrate

The countdown is on for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and that means the appointment books for space luminaries and their fans are filling up.

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NASA studying 'untouched' moon rocks from '70s

NASA is taking a closer look at moon rock samples gathered through the Apollo program, launched nearly 50 years ago.

Entertainment | Entertainment

'Apollo 11' is a stunning record of human ingenuity: Review

The new documentary 'Apollo 11' looks back at the moon landing mission of 1969 through never-before-seen IMAX footage and audio.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

NASA releases sharpest-ever images of distant Kuiper Belt object

NASA has released its highest resolution images of 2014 MU69, showing the strange Kuiper Belt object in exceptional detail.

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NASA Mars rover Opportunity, resilient Red Planet explorer, officially dead

The robotic trailblazer's mission comes to an end after more than 14 years on Mars. Goodnight, Oppy.

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Former White House aide: Trump offered NASA unlimited funding to go to Mars

President Trump in 2017 offered unlimited funding to NASA to send a manned flight to Mars, according to an upcoming book.

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NASA’s list of the best air-filtering houseplants.

NASA research discovered the plants that are most effective at cleaning indoor air.

Science & Technology | Science

Apollo astronaut thinks sending humans to Mars is ‘almost ridiculous’

Mars is the hottest topic in the space science world these days, with new rovers, orbiters, and landers finding out new and exciting things about the Red Planet with startling regularity. Multiple …

Entertainment | Movies & Other Stuff

Robert Downey Jr. responds to NASA's advice for saving Tony Stark

Ground control to Major Tony: Failure is not an option, space agency tells the superhero's portrayer.

Science & Technology | Cosmic Research

NASA Releases Audio From the Surface of Mars

NASA released a video clip containing audio it captured from the surface of Mars.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

OSIRIS-REx has Finally Caught up with Asteroid Bennu. Let the Analysis and Sample Collection Commence! - Universe Today

OSIRIS-REx has reached the asteroid Bennu. It will spend a year studying Bennu from orbit before descending to the surface and collecting a sample.

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NASA will live stream the landing of its OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe – BGR

The Mars InSight lander only just touched down on the Red Planet, but NASA is already gearing up for the landing of another incredibly interesting mission.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

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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Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist - Ice Age Now

“It could happen in a matter of months,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. ________________ “The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age,” wrote Dr Tony Phillips just six weeks ago, on 27 Sep 2018.

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Just Smashed Two Records in a Single Day

NASA’s historic mission to “touch the Sun” just reached two important milestones: It now holds the record for the closest approach to the Sun by a human-built object—and also the record for the fastest spacecraft ever sent into space.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

NASA to Host Briefing on November Mars InSight Landing | NASA

NASA's upcoming landing of the first-ever mission to study the heart of Mars will be the topic of a media briefing at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 31 at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Entertainment | Entertainment

One Giant Flop for Moviekind

John Podhoretz: The new Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling is a joyless schlep.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

Astronauts forced to escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

Astronauts Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin have been forced to return to Earth in "ballistic descent mode" after their Soyuz rocket's booster malfunctioned shortly after launch, NASA announced Thursday.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Voyager 2 probe may be on the edge of interstellar space

NASA's Voyager 2 probe may be close to joining its sibling and entering interstellar space. The vessel has been detecting a five percent increase in cosmic rays...

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Dwarf planet 'The Goblin' discovery redefining solar system | Science | The Guardian

Massively elongated orbit suggests object is influenced by theoretical giant Planet Nine in Oort Cloud region

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NASA's New Spacecraft Takes First Photo, Finds First Exoplanet

NASA's TESS spacecraft just took its first photo of the night sky, and researchers using that image have found a planet around another star.

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NASA HAS JUST RELEASED 2,540 STUNNING NEW PHOTOS OF MARS - Physics-Astronomy.org

If it's quiet solitude and beauty you seek, there is no better place than the surface of Mars. Mars has earned its moniker as the red planet, but the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) can transform the subtle differences of soi

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Hubble captures mysterious nebula in gorgeous new image – BGR

You might think that with so many telescopes at its disposal NASA and the astronomy community at large would have plenty of time to gaze at whatever they want, but space is just so big that even some of the most interesting anomalies in the sky fall throu

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Buzz Aldrin slams 'First Man' movie controversy, posts photos of US flag on moon with 'Proud to be American' hashtag

Legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin took a swipe at the upcoming movie First Man early Monday for its director's decision not to show the planting of the American flag on the moon during the historic 1969 mission.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Send NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Support As It Battles Epic Dust Storm

While engineers continue to try to revive the Mars rover Opportunity, you can show your support by sending the rover a digital postcard.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station had to plug this hole with their thumb – BGR

Yesterday, Russian space organization Roscosmos and the European Space Agency broke the news that the International Space Station had sprung a leak. That's a pretty big deal for the astronauts who are riding what amounts to a floating science laboratory,

Politics | PC Culture

New Biopic Of Neil Armstrong, First Man On Moon, Makes One INSANE Omission

A new biopic titled “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who was the first man on the moon, omits one crucial moment in what is arguably t

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NASA shows incredible image of the Sun 'exploding' | Fox News

NASA has unveiled an incredible image of the Sun exploding but fear not – this violent reaction happens on a near constant basis and is nothing to worry about, experts say.

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Nasa probe will still be circling Sun at end of Solar System, say scientists

Nasa's new solar spacecraft is so indestructable that parts of it will be circling the Sun until the Solar System ends, eight billion years from now, scientists have said.  The US space agency launches its Parker Solar Probe on Saturday, which will trave

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Today the Parker Solar Probe Is Named for Him. 60 Years Ago, No One Believed His Ideas About the Sun. - The New York Tim

Eugene N. Parker predicted the existence of solar wind in 1958. The NASA spacecraft, scheduled to launch on Saturday, is the first named for a living person.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

NASA wants you to build your own Mars rover - CNET

The Jet Propulsion Lab's DIY Curiosity rover costs billions less than the real thing.

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NASA will consider sending another Israeli astronaut into space

Science Minister Akunis asks visiting US space administration director Jim Bridenstine for a ride into the sky

News | In The News

The soccer ball that survived the Challenger explosion & the family that sent it into space, twice.

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger stunned the nation when it broke apart 73 seconds into flight. This is the story of the soccer ball that survived -- and the family that sent it into space, twice.

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NASA's Curiosity rover takes stunning selfie during massive dust storm on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has taken an incredible selfie image during an unprecedented massive dust storm on Mars.

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A Woman Is Suing NASA Over Some Moon Dust Neil Armstrong Once Gave Her

It was a Saturday, and Laura Murray was a 10-year-old girl hanging out with her nanny outside her family's Cincinnati townhouse. Her mother, giddy with excitement, handed the little girl a small glass vial filled with light-gray dust.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

How to stream NASA’s mysterious Mars announcement today – BGR

NASA regularly releases news, scientific papers, and new theories related to Mars, and typically it's with very little fanfare. Scientists have lots of hardware working around the clock to probe the Red Planet's mysteries, and not every minor detail is wo

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NASA's Peggy Whitson Reveals How Astronauts Poop in Space | Inverse

Ever wondered how astronauts poop on the International Space Station? NASA veteran Peggy Whitson has the answer. Whitson makes it clear in the interview that she really loved her time there, except for the whole bathroom aspect of space station life.

Science & Technology | SCIENCE

The Supposedly Physics-Defying NASA Thruster Doesn't Work, New Research Confirms

If you want to send something deep, deep into space, it’s impractical to load it up with lots of heavy propellant. Scientists with their eyes on long-distance space travel have contemplated thrusters that wouldn’t need any propellant at all. The EmDri

History | History

Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean Dead at Age 86, Now Only 4 Moonwalkers Left Alive

'Anyone who had the opportunity to know Alan was a better person for it, and we were better astronauts by following his example.'

Science & Technology | Science & Space

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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NASA Captures Exploding Star

NASA scientists captured images of a supernova, or an exploding star, for the first time and we are totally transfixed by the video. While NASA has been able

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NASA’s Juno snapped another photo of Jupiter that looks like a watercolor painting – BGR

Out of all the different pieces of NASA hardware floating around our Solar System, the Juno spacecraft probably has the best gig in terms of pure eye candy.

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NASA Hubble telescope snaps Icarus, most distant star seen yet - CNET

The space telescope brings us a look at Icarus, the farthest star ever seen, thanks to an assist from a cosmic magnifying glass.

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Vanguard I has spent six decades in orbit, more than any other craft

As of this month, the US satellite Vanguard I has spent 60 years in orbit and it remains the oldest man-made object in space. Vanguard I was the fourth satellit...

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Stunning NASA Juno Image Captures Sunrise and Sunset on Jupiter in One Shot

The image stitches together several photos to show off the details where night and day meet.

Science & Technology | Technology

Space Photos of the Week: Even Geriatric Mars Rovers Know How to Snap Selfies

The Opportunity rover has been exploring Mars for 14 years. But that doesn't mean it can't put Curiosity's social media skills to shame.

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Where is Starman? Track Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster's Current Location.

Current location of Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster and Starman launched by SpaceX on the Falcon Heavy maiden flight

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SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy successfully launches | TechCrunch

SpaceX has had a very good first test of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the heavy-lift orbital vehicle that can carry twice the weight of its closest competition in..

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft found a remarkable similarity between Earth and Saturn’s moon Titan – BGR

NASA's Cassini spacecraft went on a long and treacherous mission that ended last year in spectacular fashion. The large space explorer dove into Saturn's atmosphere, exploded into flames, and then disintegrated into nothing.

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NASA captures rare image of a distant galaxy nearly as old as the Universe itself

When astronomers at NASA capture images of far-off galaxies, they typically appear only as tiny red dots. These distant celestial bodies are so far away that even the strongest telescopes are usually incapable of distinguishing between the many stars cont

Science & Technology | Science & Space

'Totally Wrong' on Jupiter: What Scientists Gleaned from NASA's Juno Mission

By the time Juno launched, astronomers had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new images and data it would collect at Jupiter — or so they thought.

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How John Young Smuggled a Corned-Beef Sandwich into Space

NASA astronaut John Young, who died Jan. 5, is remembered for a small scandal after he smuggled a corned-beef sandwich into space.

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NASA rover spots strange 'stick-like figures' on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover is eyeing a group of angular formations on Mars that stand out from the usual rocks.

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NASA astronaut, 1st to fly untethered in space, dies at 80

HOUSTON (AP) — NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless, the first person to fly freely and untethered in space, has died. He was 80.

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SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time

SpaceX has moved one step closer to its dream of affordable, efficient reusable space flight: Today for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International..

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

Facts won’t always convince people you're right — a former flight director at NASA shares how he learned to argue better in the wake of a disaster

Former NASA flight director Paul Hill recalls his investigation of the 2003 Columbia disaster — and how it nearly tore the organization apart.

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Something scorching hot is melting Antarctica from below, and NASA thinks they know what it is – BGR

Antarctica is a weird place. Scientists have long studied the behavior of its massive ice sheets and the land underneath them in the hopes of understanding the unique geological quirks of the continent, but are frequently puzzled by new discoveries.

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Even more evidence points to alien life on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus

Scientists have discovered that a subsurface ocean on Enceladus could have existed for billions of years, providing plenty of time for microbial alien life to emerge and evolve. One of Saturn’s icy moons, Enceladus is considered one of the best bets f

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Proxima Centauri: Our Closest Cosmic Neighbour May Have an Entire Solar System We Never Knew About

Just last year, scientists announced they had spotted a planet orbiting the star nearest our sun, Proxima Centauri. The discovery is described in a new paper accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. "It’s the first indication o

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NASA Twin Study: Year in Space Changed Scott Kelly All the Way to His DNA

In the space agency’s Twins Study—which investigates the effects of space travel on human health—researchers found that being in space encourages methylation, which is the biological process of switching genes on and off. “Some of the most exciti

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Juno Jupiter Images: NASA Captures Gas Giant in Incredible Detail During Close Approach

Each flyby, a community of Jupiter fans that spans the globe chooses what features JunoCam should focus its lens on. Occasionally more of the frame is black than Jupiter. Here, the image processor was particularly intrigued by the dark ring visible just

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The Art of Space Art

A history of the thriving subgenre of imagining what the surfaces of other planets look like.

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Cassini, NASA's 13-year Saturn mission, has ended - CNN

Contact has been lost with the Cassini spacecraft after it completed a "death dive" into the upper atmosphere of Saturn and transmitted its final signal, according to NASA.

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Hubble Telescope Views Blistering Pitch-Black Planet WASP-12b

Twice the size of any planet in our solar system, WASP-12b has the capability to trap at least 94% of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.

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Follow Cassini’s final moments before it plunges into Saturn

For the last thirteen years, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn, sending back extraordinary images and data from the ringed planet and its moons.

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5 Groundbreaking Firsts That Your History Books Lied About

It turns out that a whole lot of famous firsts are credited to the wrong people, due to politics, bad luck, or outright lies.

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America's longest-orbiting female astronaut has safely returned home

After spending 665 days whizzing 254 miles above the surface of Earth aboard the International Space Station, Astronaut Peggy Whitson has successfully reentered the atmosphere and set down safely in Kazakhstan.

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NASA's voyager spacecraft still sending data back to Earth after 40 years in operation

NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are coming up on their 40-year anniversaries of exploration this August and September.