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Saturn’s moon Titan looks absolutely incredible in new infrared images – BGR

NASA's Cassini orbiter is dead. It's been dead since late last year, having completed an extended mission and a series of daring dives through Saturn's iconic rings, and ultimately found itself slamming through the planet's thick atmosphere where it was e

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12 Of The Saddest Science Facts Of All Time

It's lonely spacecraft and abandoned animals all the way down. I'm so sorry.

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Astronomers have found a new crop of moons around Jupiter, and one of them is a weirdo - The Verge

Ten more moons have been confirmed to orbit around Jupiter, bringing the planet’s total known satellite count to 79. That’s the highest number of moons of any planet in the Solar System.

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Here's what we know about Lockheed Martin's mysterious SR-72 - Business Insider

In 2013, Lockheed Martin announced development of the the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.

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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

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Israel announces mission to land spacecraft on the Moon

Israel announced on Tuesday that it will launch its first lunar mission in December, with the hopes of becoming the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon in February 2019.

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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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Astronomers captured the first image of a baby planet

Thanks to European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope, a group of astronomers have taken the first photograph of a planet being formed around a y...

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Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Is a Comet After All

It turns out that 'Oumuamua, our first known interstellar visitor, is a comet after all.

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NASA showcases gorgeous new photo of Jupiter that looks almost too amazing to be real – BGR

Man, Jupiter sure is weird. The gas giant is one of the most-photographed objects in our Solar System thanks to its mesmerizing, swirling cloud tops, but NASA's latest photo of the colossal planet is even more jaw-dropping than usual.

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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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Three baby planets detected around a faraway star for the very first time - Science News - ABC News

They orbit a star 330 light years away and they're already as big as Jupiter — but these planets are just getting started.

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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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Curiosity Rover Finds Organics Hidden In Mars’ Mudstones And Methane In Its Atmosphere | Astronomy.com

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Galaxy Distorted by Long-Ago Collision Glows in Gorgeous Hubble Photo

The misshapen galaxy NGC 3256, the product of a long-ago merger between two spiral galaxies, shines in a newly released photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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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.

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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

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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.'

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This May Be the Best Evidence Yet of a Water Plume on Jupiter's Moon Europa

The case for a giant plume of water vapor wafting from Jupiter's potentially life-supporting moon Europa just got a lot stronger.

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Why Pluto is a planet and many moons are, too - The Washington Post

Two planetary scientists say Pluto, exoplanets and even many moons are planets, or “round objects in space that are smaller than stars."

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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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Saturn May Be the Missing Piece in the Puzzle of Jupiter's Moons

A new study describes how Saturn could have been critical to the formation of Jupiter's four Galilean moons.

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Scientists release most detailed star chart of the Milky Way - ABC News

Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

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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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Hubble Telescope Discovers a Light-Bending 'Einstein Ring' in Space

The perfect circle surrounding a galaxy cluster in a new Hubble Space Telescope image is a visual indicator of the huge masses that are bending time and space in that region.

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China's first space station burns up over the South Pacific

China's Tiangong-1 has met its fiery end. The out-of-control space station plummeted through the Earth's atmosphere at roughly 7:15pm ET on Sunday evening, as e...

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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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Here's How to See the Chinese Space Station's Final Orbits and Fiery Fall

China's first-ever space laboratory, Tiangong-1, will fall to Earth within the next week and, weather permitting, you may get an opportunity to see it in one of its final trips around our planet. The space lab launched on Sept. 29, 2011, from Jiuqua

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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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Astronaut's DNA changed by time in space - CNN

Preliminary findings from NASA indicate that 7% of Scott Kelly's genes did not return to normal once he was back on Earth.

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Newly-released DoD video purportedly shows Navy pilot's encounter with UFO

News, email and search are just the beginning. Discover more every day. Find your yodel.

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Recoil detectives: searching for black hole kicks using gravitational waves | astrobites

Gravitational waves are believed to be able to “kick” black hole merger remnants out of their host galaxy. We can search for signatures of that kick directly in gravitational wave signa…

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Pluto’s Surface Changes Faster Than Earth’s, And A Subsurface Ocean Is Driving It

At a resolution of only 80 meters (260 feet) per pixel, Pluto was revealed at resolutions thousands of times better than Hubble. These mountains aren’t static and stable, but rather are temporary…

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Luxembourg to invest in Spire - SpaceNews.com

An agreement Nov. 15 brings together a space company looking to grow its capabilities with a government seeking to expand its space industry.

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Amateur Astronomer Wins 'Cosmic Lottery' with 1-in-10-Million Supernova Shot

An amateur astronomer testing out a new camera just happened to catch the first light emitted by a supernova — a dramatic event that professional astronomers had long wanted to see.

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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.

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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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Did the Air Force bomb the SpaceX rocket that fell into the sea? – BGR

One very good thing that happened this week was SpaceX's successful Falcon Heavy test launch, and subsequent jaw-dropping dual rocket landing. But it's easy to forget that Falcon Heavy wasn't the only rocket SpaceX launched in 2018, and the fate of the bo

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Are We Closer to Finding a Fifth Dimension?

The discovery of gravitational waves toppled what we thought we knew about dimensions.

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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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For the first time ever, astronomers have detected planets outside our galaxy

In an incredible world first, astrophysicists have detected multiple planets in another galaxy, ranging from masses as small as the Moon to ones as great as Jupiter.

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SpaceX’s rocket booster survived descent despite no landing attempt | TechCrunch

SpaceX flew a mission today that didn’t include a controlled recovery attempt of the Falcon 9 booster involved in the launch. Even still, the first stage..

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Astronomers really hate that bright disco ball satellite secretly launched to space

Astronomers who spend night after night studying the universe aren't pleased that Rocket Lab launched the bright Humanity Star satellite to space.

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LIGO’s Greatest Discovery Almost Didn’t Happen – Starts With A Bang! – Medium

On August 17th, 2017, a gravitational wave event unlike any other showed up in one of the LIGO detectors: at Hanford, WA. Just a few days prior, the first black hole-black hole merger with all three…

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Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

An increasing number of theoretical physicist think that our universe is only one among infinitely many — but this speculation is not based on sound logic, says guest commentator Sabine Hossenfelder.

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Topographic map reveals Titan's highs and lows - Futurity

These maps are giving astronomers a fresh look at Saturn's moon, revealing some discoveries and a new mystery.

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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

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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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Why Drinking Straws Don't Work In Space

Why would it be impossible to suck a liquid into your mouth using a straw on the moon? This question was originally answered on Quora by C Stuart Hardwick.

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SpaceX shows off its Falcon Heavy rocket vertical on the launchpad

SpaceX is getting ready for its first ever test flight of the Falcon Heavy, its heavy-duty rocket aimed at propelling large cargo loads into low Earth orbit...

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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..

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Scientists found a new Earth-sized planet nearby… and it might be habitable

Forget Mars, scientists have discovered a new Earth-sized, possibly habitable, planet just 11 light years away. Known as Ross 128b, the newly discovered..

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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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10 Spacetime Mysteries That Quantum Gravity Could Solve

We travel through spacetime every day, but still don't really know how it works.

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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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From meteor showers to a supermoon: 5 astronomy events you won't want to miss this fall

The longer autumn nights will feature many notable celestial events that stargazers can mark down on their calendars.

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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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Betelgeuse: The impending Supernova you need to know about

Check out this incredible video of the Betelgeuse 'killer' star - 1,400 times larger than our Sun that would swallow up Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and even Jupiter. The Betelgeuse star is a famous one among amateur astronomers not only for its size and b

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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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The Air Force's 'rods from god' could hit with the force a nuclear weapon — but with no fallout

A bundle of telephone-pole sized tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching up to 10 times the speed of sound.

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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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SpaceX finishes testing Falcon Heavy's first stage cores

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been in the works for so long that it almost feels like the stuff of legend at this point (Elon Musk first unveiled it in 2011), but there are signs that it might make that promised November launch.

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The Matter with Dark Matter

How do scientists know there's a mysterious substance called "dark matter" that dominates our universe? An astrophysicist explains.

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Gravitational Lensing Provides Rare Glimpse Into Interiors of Black Holes

The observable Universe is an extremely big place, measuring an estimated 91 billion light-years in diameter. As a result, astronomers are forced to rely on powerful instruments to see faraway objects. But even these are sometimes limited, and must be paired with a technique known as gravitational lensing.

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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.

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Ripples In Spacetime: From Einstein To LIGO And Beyond

There's a new book out on gravitational waves, and it covers the history, science, people, and possibilities unlike any other.

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5 weird, and very expensive, space artifacts sold at auction

A space history auction on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing fetched boatloads of cash. Here are some of the strangest items sold.

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Distant Kuiper Belt Object Observed By New Horizons NASA Team In Argentina

NASA researchers with the New Horizons team captured new images of a Kuiper Belt object over the weekend.

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A new generation of giant rockets is about to blast off

SpaceX's long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket is just one of a handful of heavy-lift rockets being developed by companies and NASA.

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This Aurora GIF From NASA Will Leave You Speechless

It's pretty easy to be continually in awe of space and new discoveries around it, but every now and then, NASA outdoes itself. This time it comes from a time-lapse video the organization released on June 30, showcasing the aurora australis lights in

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Mars' version of Niagara Falls is pretty intense

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a new photo of what could be evidence of a 'lava fall' on Mars.

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NASA Rocket Launch Will Create Blue-Green and Red Clouds on Sunday

As long as the weather holds—the launch has been postponed four times already.

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This is Jupiter? Giant planet surprises scientists in Juno’s first flybys

Scientists with the NASA Juno mission have released the findings from the spacecraft’s first two orbits around Jupiter — and the results are unlike anything they expected.

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A Teenager Just Built The World's Lightest Satellite - And NASA's Launching It

An Indian teenager has won an international competition to build a functioning satellite, and not only has he produced what is reportedly the world's lightest satellite device - NASA has also agreed to launch it next month.

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Found: A Neptune-sized planet with sulfur-rich clouds and a watery atmosphere

Astronomers discover a distant plant that would feel "like D.C. on a really horrible summer day."

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Comfort Food Is the Only Way We'll Make It to Mars

Engineering feats aside, we'll need creature comforts if we're ever going to survive in deep space.

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Why Are the Mountains on Mars So Much Taller Than Those on Earth? | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

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NASA's MAVEN Discovers How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere

Mars used to be a warm, wet world, filled with oceans, rivers, and maybe even life. But no longer. Here’s how it happened.

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Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies - CNN.com

Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died, NASA said Monday.

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Resource Furniture: Italian-Designed Space Saving Furniture - YouTube

Ron Barth, President of Resource Furniture (www.resourcefurniture.com/space-savers), demonstrates and explains their amazing line of Italian-designed space-s...

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John Glenn and the courage of the Mercury Seven

In a time before any human had traveled in space, Glenn and his colleagues staked their lives on something that seemed impossible.

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What does outer space sound like? Hear NASA's satellite symphony at the Huntington

It could be the start of a Steven Spielberg sci-fi film: A boy walks into a shimmering, aluminum garden pavilion surrounded by lush palms and succulent-lined footpaths. A lizard scurries across the dirt floor and over his sneaker-clad toes. There’s a ma

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Not a Drill: SETI Is Investigating a Possible ET Signal From Space

The implications are extraordinary and point to the possibility of a civilization far more advanced than our own.

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The hunt for Planet Nine reveals some strange, far-out objects

Astronomers hunting for Planet Nine have found some 50 new objects lying beyond the orbit of Neptune – including a few that may help them track down this elusive, distant world.

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Just 4.2 light-years away, scientists spot a rocky, Earth-like planet that could have liquid water

Pale blue dot, meet pale red dot. Astronomers have spent decades scouring the skies looking for Earth-sized planets around distant stars. And now they’ve found one, sitting smack in the habitable zone of our nearest stellar neighbor.

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How to track poverty from space

Using computers and satellites researchers can see just how poor an area is, which can help get resources to the areas with the most need.

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Watching a star explode after 'hibernating' - CNN.com

Amidst the billions of stars in the Milky Way, astronomers have witnessed the evolution of one as it exploded in a classical nova after hibernating for years.

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Deep space travel might blow your mind, but it could be bad for your heart

Bad news would-be astronauts: Traveling into deep space could be bad for your heart.

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Deep Space Radiation Caused Heart Problems For Apollo Astronauts - NBC News

The rate of heart disease is greater among the astronauts of the Apollo space program.

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Third Man Records wants to play the first record in outer space · Newswire · The A.V. Club

How have we as a global society made it to the year 2016 without having dedicated the resources and effort needed to play a record in outer space for nobody to hear? It seems crazy, right? Unfortunately, it’s all too true. The good news, however, is that Jack White’s Third Man Records is in the process of righting that wrong.

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NASA astronauts head underwater to simulate Mars missions

Once a year, NASA's astronauts make a big change -- trading their vocation of conducting scientific experiments in space for one of underwater research. For the...

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Here are eight things you might not know about the moon - Business Insider

Forty-seven years later, we're still learning new things about Earth's dusty companion. And some of the things that we do know about it are pretty...

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NASA's Curiosity rover can now fire its laser on its own. What could possibly go wrong?

NASA's Curiosity rover can now fire its laser on Mars at will. I'm sure it will use this power responsibly.

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Pluto Generation Planet in Capricorn | March 2023 | Uranus Aries Aspect

Pluto has been traveling through the sign of Capricorn since January 25th 2008. The change of signs created a formal emergence of the economical crisis we saw manifest in 2008. Most importantly, pl…

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11 Ways Space Travel Will Change in the Next Decade | Mental Floss

So long, space race; hello, international cooperation. Here are 11 ways we can expect space programs to change over the next 10 years.

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NASA’s ‘armored tank’ Juno ventures into a fierce realm of radiation, hunting for Jupiter’s secrets

Heidi Becker crept through the darkened, empty hallways of a Parisian hospital, rolling a cart full of lead bricks. In a radiology treatment room, she positioned the bricks around a device that she placed in the crosshairs of an electron-shooting linear a

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NASA finds that the earth has a new “mini moon”

The quasi-satellite technically orbits around the sun but dances around the earth in the process.

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Why do we really need space travel?

To paraphrase Einstein 'Passion without science is blind, and science without passion is lame'. The case for human expansion into the cosmos is ...

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Where's the Edge of the Universe?

The universe is expanding, but what's it expanding into? Nothing! Astrophysicist Paul Sutter explains this baffling concept, plus how the universe can expand but not have an edge.

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This comet looks like a sprinkler twirling through space

The Hubble recorded images as a jet burst off a comet as it made its way around the sun.

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4 Ways to Toss Things With No Regrets

You need to take back your space. Here's how to set your mind to the task.

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SpaceX announces plan to send mission to Mars in 2018 – Spaceflight Now

Elon Musk’s space transport company — chartered with a long-term goal of colonizing Mars — plans to send the first commercial mission to the red planet as soon as 2018 with assistance from NASA, SpaceX announced Wednesday.

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Photographer snaps thrilling space station image from his backyard - CNET

An amateur astrophotographer takes on the challenge of getting a stunning shot of the ISS and succeeds. It's all in the timing.

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​Scott Kelly shrinks after return to Earth - CNN.com

Astronaut Scott Kelly grew taller in space but shrunk back to normal height in little more than a day.

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How Scott Kelly's year in space may have changed his body | The Verge

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is returning to Earth tonight, wrapping up a 340-day-long stay aboard the International Space Station. It's the longest amount of time an American astronaut has lived in...

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The 12 Greatest Challenges for Space Exploration | WIRED

From space madness to crash landings, here's how we'll beat the 13 most difficult challenges to space exploration.

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Apollo 14 astronaut (and UFO seeker) Edgar Mitchell dies

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell has died at the age of 85, according to reports that emerged on the 45th anniversary of his first moonwalk.

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This amazing sci-fi show reveals the biggest problem everyone ignores about space travel

"Flip right now and burn like hell and I can get us within 50,000 clicks," ship's navigator Ade Nygaard announces in the first episode of SyFy's fascinating space opera "The Expanse." The rest of the freighter Canterbury's crew looks appalled. A working stiff rolls her eyes.

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Watch the History of the Apollo Program

LThe Internet Archive has a trove of documentaries about NASA's Apollo Program, produced by NASA in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The blog Silver in a Haystack is dedicated to finding this kind of thing—great, free films available online from the Archive. A year ago, the blog highlighted this 12-part series of Apollo documentaries (including download links to those available online). The author of Silver in a Haystack wrote:

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2016: The Year We Began Mining the Moon - The Daily Beast

Now that Elon Musk’s SpaceX has managed to land upright, the future of travel and commerce in outer space is bright.

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NASA Studies High Clouds, Saharan Dust from EPIC View | NASA

From a dusty atmosphere stretching across the Atlantic Ocean to daily views of clouds at sunrise, a new NASA camera keeping a steady eye on the sunlit side of Earth is yielding new insights about our changing planet.

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Critical Rocket Launch Will Help Crown the Winner of the New Space Race | WIRED

Private rocket-builders are competing for a NASA contract to supply the International Space Station. First they have to get there.

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40 Years Ago, Earth Beamed Its First Postcard to the Stars – Phenomena: No Place Like Home

Forty years ago, on Nov. 16, 1974, Earth beamed its first postcard to the stars. The message left our home planet on a warm and sticky day in Puerto Rico and has been flying through the galaxy at t…

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This Is the Largest Image of Space Ever Taken

That image above is just a sliver of a new 46 billion-pixel photo of the Milky Way. It is... vast, to say the least. Astronomers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany spent five years building this image, a composite of 268 individual images taken from the university's observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile.

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Mars Colonies Possible Using Local Materials For 3D Printed Habitats - Our Explorers

This Mars-based habitat uses a pole-like robot with autonomous arms to access raw Martian materials for 3D printing construction - a truly innovative design.

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Are Space and Time Discrete or Continuous? - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

Split a mile in half, you get half a mile. Split the half mile, you get a quarter, and on and on, until you’ve carved out... Read Full Post

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Over 8,400 images from NASA's Moon missions are now on Flickr in high resolution | The Verge

You've seen images from the Apollo missions before, but you've never seen anything like this. More than 8,400 images from NASA's Moon missions have been uploaded to Flickr at a resolution of 1800...

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Star Trek Nichelle Nichols' Out-of-This-World Trek in Tweets and Pics

Star Trek News - Nichelle Nichols ventured into skies earlier this week as part of NASA's SOFIA mission, and StarTrek.com has compiled her tweets and photos about the experience.

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Four space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime - Telegraph

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges

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Say it ain't so: 6 Mars hoaxes you keep falling for

Every year in August, the same Mars message circulates across the Internet: The Red Planet will appear "as big as the full moon" in the sky, as seen with the naked eye. The problem is, it's not true: Skywatchers won't be able to see a "double moon" in the late August sky.

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Must See: The World's Wonders from Space

Three astronauts returned to Earth from the International Space Station after taking amazing space photos.

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The actual NASA technologies that Matt Damon will use in the space survival film “The Martian” - Quartz

Those who criticized Christopher Nolan's 2014 film Interstellar for being too unrealistic are in for a treat. In October, perhaps the most science-based science fiction space film ever will hit theaters: The Martian, based on the bestselling book of th