Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people

— Carl Sagan

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Apollo 8 Astronaut Frank Borman Donates Artifacts for EAA Exhibit

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:09am
Fifty years to the month after some of the items launched with him on the first mission to fly humans to the moon, Frank Borman's personal space memorabilia collection has gone on public display at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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On This Day in Space! Dec. 10, 1977: 1st Long-Duration Mission Launches to Salyut 6 Space Station

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:46am
On Dec. 10, 1977, the Soviet union launched the first crew to complete a long-duration mission to the Salyut 6 space station. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series!
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Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:29am
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

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:00am
That's no moon — that's TWO moons! Saturn's moons Dione and Rhea look like conjoined twins in this newly released image from the late Cassini spacecraft.
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It's Official! NASA's Famed Voyager 2 Spacecraft Reaches Interstellar Space

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:27am
It's time to say goodbye to one of the most storied explorers of our age: Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space.
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2018 Geminid Meteor Shower This Week May Be the Year's Best

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:24am
What might well be the best meteor shower of 2018 is heading our way with a peak Thursday night, lasting into the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning: It's the annual performance of the Geminid meteor shower.
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Dolphin-Shaped Cloud Swims Across Jupiter in This Awesome NASA View

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:23am
A new series of NASA images showcase a dolphin-shaped cloud moving across Jupiter's southern belt.
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Why Satellites Need Cybersecurity Just Like You

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:21am
Any modern person who spends time on the internet is familiar with the basic principles of cybersecurity — but imagine you're in charge of a satellite that people around the globe rely on.
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Perseids: Bright Meteor Shower in August

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:00am
The Perseids meteor shower arises out of the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last made a pass by Earth in 1992.
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Orionid Meteor Shower: Leftovers of Halley's Comet

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:00am
The Orionid meteor shower, made up of remnants of Halley's Comet, peaks in mid-October.
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Geminid Meteor Shower: Dust From an Asteroid

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:00am
The Geminids come from an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon, but scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how it sheds enough debris to produce the bright meteor shower.
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Leonid Meteor Shower: Bright Fireballs in November

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:00am
The Leonids take place every year in November. Once a generation, it is possible for a storm of meteors to occur with a peak of about 1,000 an hour – or even more.
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Eta Aquarids: Meteor Shower From Halley's Comet

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:00am
The Eta Aquarids are a meteor shower best visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
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Quadrantid Meteor Shower: Odd in Several Ways

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 7:00am
The Quadrantids are a meteor shower in January that peak for only about six hours, are named for a constellation that no longer exists and come from an asteroid rather than a comet.
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Asteroid Bennu Had Water! NASA Probe Makes Tantalizing Find

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 5:17am
NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe, which just arrived at the asteroid Bennu last week, has already found lots of hydrated minerals on the space rock, mission team members announced today (Dec. 10).
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You Can Beam a Message to NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft for Historic Flyby!

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 3:08am
NASA's New Horizons probe is getting set for the farthest-out flyby in history, and you can send some words of encouragement to help the spacecraft get across the finish line.
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Ultima Thule in Sight! New Horizons Probe Snaps New Photo of Its Target

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 3:07am
The small object Ultima Thule swims amid a sea of distant stars in a new photo captured by NASA's approaching New Horizons around midnight EST (0500 GMT) on Dec. 1.
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Voyager 2: Sailing Among Giant Planets

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 3:06am
Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have visited all four giant outer planets in the solar system and is now the second spacecraft to reach interstellar space.
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Iron Man Is Lost in Space in 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer!

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 3:04am
The latest installment of the "Avengers" series shows the superhero Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) adrift in space and nearing the end of his oxygen supplies as the rest of the team tries to fight back against the evil Thanos.
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Last-Minute Glitch Delays US Spy Satellite Launch

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 8:19am
The launch of a clandestine new U.S. satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office was delayed by a last-minute glitch less than 8 seconds before its planned liftoff late Saturday (Dec. 8).
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