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More than 12,000 apply to become an astronaut for NASA's 'Artemis Generation'

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 5:55pm
More than 12,000 people have applied to join what NASA is calling the "Artemis Generation," a new class of astronauts to help the agency return humans to the moon and reach outward to Mars.
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SpaceX readies new Starship prototype for testing (video)

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 4:44pm
SpaceX is about to start putting the latest prototype of its Starship Mars-colonizing vehicle to the test.
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Locust swarms are invading Africa. Here's how NASA satellites can help stop them.

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 3:56pm
Billions of locusts have been swarming in eastern Africa for months, ravaging crops and threatening the food source for millions of people. NASA satellites are coming to the rescue.
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Watch NASA's James Webb Space Telescope unfold its golden mirror for the 1st time (video)

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 2:36pm
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has fully deployed its primary mirror for the first time, marking another milestone on its journey to space.
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NASA's next robotic moon landings in 2021 still on track despite coronavirus pandemic

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 2:16pm
NASA's first two commercial deliveries to the moon are still on track despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to agency leadership.
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2020 Full Moon Calendar

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 12:18pm
The full moon happens once a month. Find out when.
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Pictures from space! Our image of the day

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 9:32am
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has successfully deployed its giant primary mirror, putting the new observatory one big step closer to being ready for launch in 2021.
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On This Day in Space: April 1, 1960: NASA launches TIROS-1, first US Weather satellite

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 8:05am
On April 1, 1960, the U.S. launched its first weather satellite into orbit. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!
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The brightest planets in April's night sky: How to see them (and when)

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:58am
Here's how to see planets visible in April's night sky.
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NASA's Mars rover Perseverance rover has a hidden message for the Red Planet

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:47am
It won't be the first hidden message that NASA sends to Mars.
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US military may start moving towards launching fleets of tiny satellites

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:41am
With much of the commercial space industry focused on putting small satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), how quickly will the U.S. military follow?
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For NASA's next sun mission, 6 tiny spacecraft will work as one massive telescope

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:40am
Want to build the largest radio telescope to fly in space to date? Here's an easier technique: Design six tiny satellites to fly in formation and work together.
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Celestron Astro Fi 130 telescope: Full review

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:39am
Celestron's Astro Fi 130 combines good optics with the latest in telescope technology — but is it the right telescope for you?
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Best night sky events of April 2020 (stargazing maps)

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:00am
See what's up in the night sky for April 2020, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
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Night sky, April 2020: What you can see this month [maps]

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:00am
Find out what's up in your night sky during April 2020 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
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Star clusters betray Milky Way's cannibalistic past

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 6:00am
A recent study went full Indiana Jones to show that our home galaxy, the Milky Way, was a cannibal in its earlier years, swallowing five smaller galaxies.
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SpaceX unveils users' guide for giant Starship rocket

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 5:55pm
SpaceX just released a users' guide for Starship, the reusable spaceship-rocket combo the company is developing to help colonize Mars.
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Apollo 13: The moon-mission that dodged disaster

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 4:12pm
The Apollo 13 mission was an example of NASA's ingenuity under pressure.
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Cosmos: Possible Worlds' brings the search for E.T. down to Earth

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 4:00pm
In "Cosmos: Possible Worlds," host Neil deGrasse Tyson explores themes of science as an instrument of hope and tenacity, and as a means by which the human race can realize its true potential.
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Coronavirus has changed society. See how in this video of before-and-after satellite views

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 3:20pm
The coronavirus pandemic continues around the world, satellites in space are revealing a radical shift in human behavior.
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