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Nuclear Propulsion Could Be 'Game-Changer' for Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says

2 hours 42 min ago
Humanity's next giant leap could be enabled by nuclear thermal propulsion, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
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Meet Skybot F-850, the Humanoid Robot Russia Is Launching into Space

3 hours 56 min ago
When a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launches from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station Wednesday, it will carry a humanoid robot called Skybo F-850.
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Elon Musk: Revolutionary Private Space Entrepreneur

5 hours 46 min ago
Elon Musk is an entrepreneur best known in space circles for launching SpaceX, the first private company to ship cargo to the International Space Station.
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New US Space Command Will Launch Next Week, VP Pence Says

7 hours 47 min ago
The United States Space Command will officially be up and running by the end of the month, Vice President Mike Pence said today (Aug. 20) at a meeting of the National Space Council.
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This Weird, Rocky Planet Has No Atmosphere

9 hours 56 min ago
A nearby, rocky exoplanet may be just a plain rock with no atmosphere — supporting a theory that planets orbiting small stars are more susceptible to lacking an atmosphere.
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NASA Wants Ideas for Private Cargo Ships to Supply a Lunar Gateway

10 hours 6 min ago
NASA has called for companies to submit proposals to create spacecraft that will deliver cargo to the lunar gateway.
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India's Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

11 hours 54 min ago
India's Chandrayaan-2 mission has ticked off another key milestone in its journey to land safely on the moon: The spacecraft has successfully entered lunar orbit.
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On This Day in Space! Aug. 20, 1977: Voyager 2 Launches to the Outer Planets

14 hours 14 min ago
On Aug. 20, 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 spacecraft on a mission to explore the outer planets. See how it happened in our "On This Day in Space" video series!
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Did a Black Hole Swallow a Neutron Star 900 Million Years Ago?

14 hours 21 min ago
Researchers at LIGO and Virgo may have detected a gravitational-wave signal from the merger between a black hole and neutron star. This would be a major first.
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Astrobotic's Private Moon Lander Will Launch on a Vulcan Centaur Rocket in 2021

14 hours 23 min ago
A United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket will send Astrobotic's Peregrine lander on its way toward Earth's nearest neighbor two years from now.
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Vice President Pence Chairs Space Council Meeting Today: Watch It Live

14 hours 25 min ago
The National Space Council (NSC) will convene for the sixth time today morning (Aug. 20), and you can watch the proceedings live.
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SpaceX's Starman and Elon Musk's Tesla Have Made a Lap Around the Sun

14 hours 34 min ago
The spacesuit-clad mannequin, who sits behind the wheel of SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster, launched into space on Feb. 6, 2018, on the inaugural flight of the huge Falcon Heavy rocket.
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Watch Live! VP Pence Leads National Space Council Meeting

17 hours 14 min ago
Vice President Mike Pence will convene the latest meeting of the National Space Council today, Aug. 20, and you can watch it live here.
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Watch Astronaut Mike Massimino Build a Lego Mars Shuttle in Zero Gravity

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 6:00pm
In a new video, former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino unboxes and assembles a new, NASA-inspired Lego set in zero gravity.
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China's Private 'Smart Dragon-1' Rocket Aces 1st Mission

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 4:29pm
The private Smart Dragon-1 rocket, built by the China Rocket Co. Ltd., completed its first mission Saturday (Aug. 17), successfully launching three small satellites to Earth orbit, Chinese media outlets reported.
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Let's Talk Asteroid Apophis, Planetary Defense and Elon Musk

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 4:26pm
It's time to talk about Apophis again, I guess. Please calm down first.
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Kerbal Space Program 2 Is Launching in 2020

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 4:00pm
Kerbal Space Program 2 has been announced with new features, new planets and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, a new developer.
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China Just Launched a Communications Satellite. Is It in Trouble?

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 3:01pm
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched a new communications satellite into orbit today (Aug. 19) — but there appears to be a problem with the satellite.
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Here's the Story Behind Rocket Lab's 'Look Ma, No Hands' Launch Name

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 2:42pm
Rocket Lab's Electron mission dubbed "Look Ma, No Hands" blasted off smoothly today from a pad in mountainous New Zealand, funny name and all.
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Boeing Astronaut Reveals Mission Patches for Starliner Flight Tests

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 2:19pm
The first astronauts assigned to launch on Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft now have a mission patch to represent their flight.
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