It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.

— Plato

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This Week's Top Space Stories!

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 11:23am
NASA's new exoplanet satellite launches successfully, Saturn played a part in the formation of Jupiter's four largest moons and the Senate finally confirms the new NASA administrator. These are just some of the top stories this week from Space.com.
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'Interplanetary Shock Wave' Spawns Electric-Blue Auroras

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 8:00am
A moderate geomagnetic storm kicked up in Earth's skies this morning (April 20), bringing green and rare electric-blue auroras that stretched as far south as Indiana.
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Proton Launches Russian Military Communications Satellite

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 7:55am
Russia's Proton rocket launched for the first time this year April 18 with a military communications satellite for the federation's ministry of defense.
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Mushroom Clouds Burst Through Neutron Stars, and NASA Can Watch It Happen

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 7:53am
The energetic explosions release clouds of debris similar to those launched from nuclear explosions.
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Big Bang, Big Claim: Why This Bold Idea Is Right

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 7:52am
At 13.8 billion years ago, our entire observable universe was the size of a peach and had a temperature of over a trillion degrees.
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On This Day In Space! April 21, 1997: 1st Space Funeral Launches on 'Founders Flight'

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 7:00am
On April 21, 1997, the cremated remains of 24 people were launched into space in the first-ever space funeral. One of those people was Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek." See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series here.
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Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 3:33am
In late April, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will get a view of the Lyrid meteor shower, the dusty trail of a comet with a centuries-long orbit around the sun.
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The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 3:04am
Here are our picks for the most amazing space photos of the week.
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Delta IV Heavy: Powerful Launch Vehicle

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:51pm
The Delta IV Heavy is a variant of the Delta IV line, and is one of the world's most powerful operational launch vehicles.
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Bankrupt Spaceflight Company's Assets to Help Young Minds Soar

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:46pm
Before it went bankrupt last year, XCOR Aerospace aimed to fly tourists to space with the company's Lynx suborbital vehicle. But now, XCOR's assets will help give high school and college students hands-on experience with rockets and space technology.
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New Shepard: Rocket for Space Tourism

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:22am
New Shepard is a rocket manufactured by Blue Origin for space tourism. It is designed to take up to six passengers into suborbital space inside of a crew capsule.
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Image of the Day

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:13am
NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this closeup of Jupiter's Great Red Spot surrounded by turbulent bands of clouds during a close flyby on April 1.
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New NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Faces 'Uphill Climb' After Contentious Confirmation

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 6:53am
Jim Bridenstine shouldn't necessarily expect smooth sailing now that he's finally in as NASA administrator, experts say.
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To Seek Out New Life: How the TESS Mission Will Accelerate the Hunt for Livable Alien Worlds (Kavli Roundtable)

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 6:50am
The just-launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) could soon provide the breakthrough identification of dozens of potentially habitable exoplanets right in our cosmic backyard.
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Lagoon Nebula Dazzles in Hubble Telescope's 28th-Birthday Photos

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 6:50am
The iconic Hubble Space Telescope is about to turn 28 years old, and a batch of gorgeous new imagery helps mark the occasion.
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Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018 Peaks This Weekend: What to Expect

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 6:44am
For enthusiastic meteor watchers, it has been a long stretch — nearly 16 weeks — since there has been a decent opportunity to catch sight of a reasonably good meteor shower. Now's your chance.
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Netflix Doc 'Mercury 13' Chronicles First US Women Tested for Spaceflight

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:09am
A famous scene from space history gets an unexpected twist in the opening moments of "Mercury 13," a new hour-long documentary from Netflix and directors David Sington and Heather Walsh. "That is one small leap for a woman, another giant step for mankind.
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Elon Musk Says 'Humans Are Underrated'

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 2:00am
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk just paid a rare compliment to his own species, calling humans "underrated" on Twitter last week.
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Australians Will Attempt to Break Stargazing Guiness World Record

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:24pm
Thousands of Australians are invited to help set a new Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing at multiple venues.
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Saturn May Be the Missing Piece in the Puzzle of Jupiter's Moons

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:23pm
Saturn may have played a key role in the birth of Jupiter's largest moons, a new study finds.
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