The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

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What Does Sunrise on Mars Sound Like? Listen Here.

8 hours 20 min ago
Thanks to our robotic emissaries, we humans know what a sunrise on Mars looks like without ever having set foot on the Red Planet ourselves — but what does it sound like?
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These Organic-Inspired Planetary Landers Could Help NASA Reach Other Worlds

8 hours 21 min ago
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Autodesk, a software company, have engaged in a multiyear collaborative research project to investigate new approaches for building interplanetary landers.
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A Twilight Moon Takes a Peek at Historic Church in Barcelona (Photo)

8 hours 24 min ago
A twilight scene shows a 96 percent illuminated moon peeking through the clouds behind the Roman Catholic Church of La Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona.
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Devastation from Deadly Camp and Woolsey Fires Seen from Space

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:00pm
Fire season in California doesn't seem to end anymore, as eerie satellite images of staggering smoke clouds looming over the state remind us.
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Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:00am
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

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 9:58am
A rainbow shaped like a bull's eye shines down on a blanket of clouds in this view from the International Space Station.
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In Photos: The 2018 California Wildfires as Seen from Space

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 9:56am
Dangerous, deadly and destructive wildfires have churned through California in the summer of 2018. Here are some dramatic views of these blazes from high above as seen by astronauts and cosmonauts in space.
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On This Day in Space! Nov. 13, 1971: Mariner 9 Becomes 1st Spacecraft to Orbit Mars

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:30am
On Nov. 13, 1971, Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit Mars. At the time, scientists didn't know much about the Red Planet. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!
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A Decade of Commercial Space Travel — What's Next?

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:21am
In many industries, a decade is barely enough time to cause dramatic change unless something disruptive comes along – a new technology, business model or service design. The space industry has recently been enjoying all three.
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'How to Live in Space': A Q&A with Author Colin Stuart

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:20am
With the space-tourism industry getting ready to take flight, aspiring space adventurers will soon be able to purchase tickets to low Earth orbit and beyond.
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How Life Could Help Atmospheric Tides Slow a Planet's Rotation

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:18am
Resonating oscillations of a planet's atmosphere caused by gravitational tides and heating from its star could prevent a planet's rotation from steadily slowing over time, according to new research.
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The Hubble Telescope Has Found a Smile in Space to Warm Your Heart

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:13am
The universe, it seems, is pretty pleased with the Hubble Space Telescope. I mean, just look at that smile!
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Hale-Bopp: The Bright and Tragic Comet

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 6:29am
Hale-Bopp was an unusually bright comet that flew by Earth, reaching its closest approach to the planet in 1997. It was most spectacular in the Northern Hemisphere and visible to the naked eye for about 18 months.
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Japanese Space Capsule Prototype Survives Fiery Fall to Earth

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 3:00am
After leaving the International Space Station last week, a Japanese cargo spacecraft dropped a small capsule of science experiments into the Pacific Ocean before falling to its fiery demise in Earth's atmosphere.
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Some Strange Science Will Launch Into Space This Week for NASA

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 2:45am
This Thursday, crystallizing proteins from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a dizzying virtual-reality system, ultratiny membranes and the "Refabricator" — a device that turns waste into 3D-printing filament — will all be shooting into space.
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Capitalism on Mars? Nat Geo's 'Mars' Season 2 Premiere Parallels Frontier Struggles on Earth

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:33pm
Tonight (Nov. 12), National Geographic’s "Mars" series returns for a second season with a captivating premiere. This first episode reflects the real-life issues that may arise when private corporations try to turn a profit on the Red Planet.
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NASA Chief Honors US Military in Veterans Day Video

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:58am
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine marked Veterans Day 2018 with a video message to honor the dedication and sacrifice of all military veterans and servicemembers in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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Rocket Lab's 1st Commercial Launch in Pictures: 'It's Business Time'!

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:02am
In November 2018, the private spaceflight company Rocket Lab successfully launched its first commercial mission using its Electron booster. The rocket "It's Business Time" launched six small satellites into orbit. See photos of the milestone launch here.
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Astronaut Rusty Schweickart Looks Back on Apollo 9, and to the Next Asteroid Impact

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 7:47am
NASA astronaut Rusty Schweickart's career-defining moment came thanks to a camera problem, but he's used his out-of-this-world experience to try to unite the people of Earth.
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A Mars Journey Before Computers? A Q&A with 'The Fated Sky' Author Mary Robinette Kowal

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 7:45am
In the opening pages of Mary Robinette Kowal's novel, "The Calculating Stars," an asteroid slams into the ocean near Washington, D.C., wiping out the federal government of 1952.
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