These earthly godfathers of Heaven's lights, that give a name to every fixed star, have no more profit of their shining nights than those that walk and know not what they are.

— William Shakespeare

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In Photos: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption as Seen from Space

10 hours 40 min ago
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted in May 2018, creating a vast ash cloud visible from space and sending lava spewing from fissures to devastate homes. See photos of the volcano's ash and destruction from space.
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Could Self-Repairing 'Star Wars' Droid L3-37 Come to Life? Not Quite

11 hours 1 min ago
Is the newest droid in the "Star Wars" universe the future of modern robotics?
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See the Eerie Lava Glow of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption from Space

11 hours 19 min ago
Astronauts in space have been tracking Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruption since May, but they've never revealed a view quite like this. Here's what Kilauea's lava looks like from space.
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Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More

12 hours 50 min ago
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.
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Image of the Day

13 hours 20 min ago
NASA astronaut Drew Feustel floats weightlessly above the Earth while tethered to the International Space Station during a spacewalk last Thursday (June 14).
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Epic Dust Storm on Mars Now Completely Covers the Red Planet

14 hours 4 min ago
A massive dust storm on Mars that covered one-fourth of the planet just a week ago has grown into a global weather event, NASA officials said Wednesday (June 20).
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Golden 'Blue Moon' Gleams Over Lisbon (Photo)

15 hours 32 min ago
A lovely cityscape view captured from a rooftop on Amoreiras Towers in Lisbon, Portugal, shows the last "Blue Moon" of 2018 rising above the city on March 31.
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What Is the Summer Solstice? An Astronomer Explains

15 hours 45 min ago
The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for the 88 percent of Earth's people who live in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Mars Dust Storm 2018: How It Grew & What It Means for the Opportunity Rover

15 hours 55 min ago
A huge dust storm began forming on Mars in May 2018 and had expanded to encircled the planet by mid-June. See images of the storm here.
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On This Day In Space! June 21, 2004: 1st Privately Funded Human Space Flight

16 hours 9 min ago
On June 21, 2004, the first privately funded human spaceflight, launched on SpaceShipOne. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series.
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China Appears To Be Preparing To Deorbit Its Tiangong-2 Space Lab

19 hours 37 min ago
China has lowered the orbit of its Tiangong-2 space lab, likely in preparation for deorbiting the orbital facility and thus averting a similar scenario to the uncontrolled re-entry of Tiangong-1 earlier this year.
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Sally Ride's Legacy: Encouraging Young Women to Embrace Science and Engineering

20 hours 44 min ago
On June 18, 1983, 35 years ago, Sally Ride became the first American woman to launch into space, riding the Space Shuttle STS-7 flight with four other crew members.
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Einstein Was Right! Scientists Confirm General Relativity Works With Distant Galaxy

21 hours 13 sec ago
A new study validates Einstein's theory of general relativity in a distant galaxy for the first time.
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Apollo Moon Rock Rediscovered in Cambodia Debuts on Display

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:40am
A moon rock gifted to Cambodia by the U.S. amidst the Vietnam War has been found and put on display after being all but lost to time and strife.
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Soyuz Spacecraft: Backbone of Russian Space Program

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:31am
Soyuz is a type of spacecraft that Russia — and previously, the Soviet Union — has used to launch cosmonauts and astronauts into space for decades.
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Sally Ride's Space Stamp Collection: Inside the Astronaut's Albums

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:03am
Before Sally Ride left her personal stamp on space history, the astronaut found a passion for collecting space-topical stamps. The first American woman to fly into space, Ride was honored with a United States postage stamp of her own.
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NGIS: Cargo Ships to the ISS

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:01am
Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems brings together decades of work by pervious companies in the aerospace industry.
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Donald Trump Wants a 'Space Force,' But America Already Has One

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 7:08am
In a meeting of the National Space Council yesterday (June 18), President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to get cracking on building a sixth branch of the U.S. military called the Space Force. We have one. It's called the Air Force.
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Trump's Space Force Push Reopens Arguments About Military in Space

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 6:56am
President Donald Trump's call this week that to create a sixth branch of the U.S. military — which he called the "Space Force" — has reopened a wider debate on the military's role in space.
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Why Are Astronauts Moonwalking on the Bottom of This Giant Pool?

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 6:47am
With government leaders and space organizations aiming to bring humans back to the moon, how do astronauts train to work on the lunar surface? A really, really deep pool.
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