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Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to Get a $5.8 Million Antenna Upgrade

6 hours 49 min ago
Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, the second-largest radio telescope in the world, is about to get a major upgrade.
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Rocket On! These Cool Student Experiments Just Launched to Space

7 hours 10 min ago
Dozens of students got to see their experiments travel from school to space. A sounding rocket soared from a NASA rocket facility in Virginia Tuesday (Aug. 14), carrying several student experiments under the RockSat-X program.
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NASA's Opportunity Rover on Mars Still Silent 2 Months into Epic Dust Storm

7 hours 16 min ago
Opportunity has been silent since June 10, when a monster Red Planet dust storm began blocking sunlight from reaching the solar-powered rover. But Opportunity's handlers still hope to get a ping once the dust has cleared.
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'Space Heroes' Trading Card Game Sets Up Space Race Between Players

7 hours 18 min ago
Do you hold the cards to win a space race? That is the challenge laid out by "Space Heroes: Journey to Space."
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Arecibo Observatory: Watching for Asteroids, Waiting for E.T.

7 hours 47 min ago
Arecibo Observatory has been used to send a SETI message as well as for scanning the skies for approaching asteroids.
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Image of the Day

7 hours 52 min ago
Earth and the moon play "peekaboo" behind Saturn's rings in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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China's Chang'e 4 Lunar Lander to Far Side of the Moon Will Launch in December

10 hours 17 min ago
China will launch its Chang'e-4 lander and rover mission in December in what will be the first ever attempt at a soft landing on the far side of the moon, authorities said Aug. 15
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On This Day in Space! Aug. 17, 1877: Asaph Hall Discovers the Mars Moon Phobos

10 hours 17 min ago
On Aug. 17, 1877, American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered Mars's moon Phobos. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series.
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NASA Says RS-25 Engine Test for New Megarocket a Success Despite Ending Early

10 hours 19 min ago
NASA says an Aug. 14 test of an engine for the Space Launch System was a success despite an unspecified "facility issue" that caused the test to end early.
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Mysterious Midsize Black Holes Lurk at the Hearts of Tiny Galaxies

10 hours 35 min ago
Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory have found evidence that hundreds of possible midsize black holes lurk at the core of smaller galaxies in the universe.
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Was a Muppet Just Spotted on Mars?

10 hours 36 min ago
Muppet Labs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Plasma Scientists Created Invisible, Whooping 'Whistlers' in a Lab

10 hours 37 min ago
The strange radio bursts usually circle the Earth like electromagnetic ghosts, but scientists have now created and studied their shapes in a plasma chamber on Earth.
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New NASA Images Show California's Largest Wildfire from Space. Canadian Blazes, Too

14 hours 10 min ago
The Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest blaze in California's history, releases clouds of smoke in new photos from NASA, and fires blazing over Canada are visible from a million miles away in space.
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15,000 Galaxies Shine in This 1 View from the Hubble Space Telescope

14 hours 19 min ago
The Hubble Space Telescope has been at work for almost three decades, but it's still learning new skills — like how to squeeze an incredible 15,000 galaxies into a single image.
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Japan's Interstellar Technologies Goes Full Throttle Toward Small Orbital Rocket

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:08pm
Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies is developing the main engine for an orbital rocket designed to carry 100 kilograms and slated to conduct its initial test flight in 2020.
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NASA Has a Wild Idea to Weigh Asteroids with a Swarm of Mini Probes

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:00pm
Asteroids are all around us in space — but they're awfully difficult to weigh
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'No Encryption, No Fly' Rule Proposed for Small Satellites

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:00am
Small satellites that have propulsion systems, but don't have encrypted commanding systems, pose a small but real threat of being hacked and endangering other satellites, according to a new study.
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Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:47am
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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Keck Observatory: Twin Telescopes on Mauna Kea

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:34am
The twin telescopes at the W.M. Keck Observatory are the largest optical and infrared telescopes in the world. The telescopes are located atop Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano in Hawaii.
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Laser 'License Plate' Could Improve Identification of Cubesats

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 7:34am
A technology using a tiny laser tracker could help resolve one of the major challenges involved with the launching of cubesats: identifying individual satellites after their deployment.
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