Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people

— Carl Sagan


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NASA Takes Over Fenway Park for Space-Mission Show (Video)

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:08pm
A group of fans recently filled baseball's Fenway Park in Boston — not to watch homers fly over the Green Monster left-field wall, but instead to talk about spacecraft flying through the solar system.
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Blue Origin's New Shepard Vehicle Aces Test of Crew-Escape Motor

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:48am
Blue Origin launched its New Shepard suborbital spacecraft for the ninth time today (July 18) during a test to ensure that humans could escape the capsule in case anything goes wrong.
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Why Did People Panic When the Moon Changed Color?

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:10am
The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is coming up in a couple weeks. We know it's coming, but did ancient people?
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Bridenstine Visits Israel on First Foreign Trip

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:02am
On his first foreign trip since taking office nearly three months ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine traveled to Israel this week to meet with the country's prime minister and other officials.
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Iron-rich Minerals on Mars Could Contain Life's Fatty Acids

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:02am
A little stream in the south of England could guide the way towards finding evidence for ancient life on Mars, in the form of fatty acids preserved in an iron-rich mineral called goethite.
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Telescope Upgrade Produces Stunningly Clear Views of Space

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 7:00am
"Twinkle, twinkle, little star" is a twisted sort of lullaby for astronomers, because the effect that enchants the casual stargazer blurs images taken by even the most powerful telescopes.
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Twin Exoplanets Look Alike, Act Alike … But Have Completely Different Origins

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 6:59am
The exoplanets that scientists have identified so far are a pretty eclectic bunch — which is why astronomers were surprised when they realized that a newly spotted planet looked awfully familiar.
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How 'Electric Microbes' Could Generate Power (And More) for Space Missions (Video)

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 6:56am
One of the experiments astronauts are tending to on the International Space Station could electrify space exploration.
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Scott Kelly Gets Real with Reddit in New Video

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 6:50am
As part of a new video series, retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly got real about life in space, "Star Trek" and a creepy ball of urine.
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On This Day In Space! July 18, 1980: India Launches 1st Indigenous Satellite

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 4:53am
On July 18, 1980, India launched its first satellite into orbit. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!
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New, Life-Hunting Organic Molecule Analyzer Set to Launch to Mars in 2020 (Video)

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 4:35am
Europe's upcoming Mars rover features a powerful toaster oven-size lab that will search for signs of life on the Red Planet.
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Image of the Day

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 4:00am
Venus snuggles up to the waxing crescent moon as the two celestial bodies aligned for their seventh conjunction of the year on July 15. Photographer Sashim Gardner captured this photo of their close approach from Sacramento, California.
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Observations of the Early Universe Reaffirm the Existence of Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 3:13am
Dark matter and dark energy may be weird and (as of now) inexplicable, but they do seem to exist.
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Most Stars with Jupiters Have Giant Super-Earths

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 1:05am
The solar system is more and more like a space oddity — Jupiter-like planets are more common around stars that also host giant-size versions of our planet, while our solar system possesses Jupiter but no such "super-Earth," a new study finds.
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Breathtaking Time-Lapse Video Shows Earth from International Space Station

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:25pm
If life on Earth is getting you down, maybe it's time to take a moment to think about the bigger picture — like the view of our planet from the International Space Station.
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New Book Shows Children How New Horizons Got to Pluto

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:03am
One new children's book takes readers on a journey to Pluto with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
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Delaware-Size Iceberg Stuck Near Home, Satellite Images Show

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:00am
A giant iceberg split off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica almost a year ago — but since then, the enormous hunk of ice hasn't gone very far, as a new comparison of satellite images released by NASA shows.
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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The Best Space Deals to Watch

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:30am
Amazon Prime Day starts Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT). Here are some awesome deals and discounts for space fans.
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One 'Oddball' Among 12 Newfound Moons Discovered Orbiting Jupiter

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:00am
Scientists have discovered 12 previously unknown moons orbiting Jupiter, and one of them is a real oddball.
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Hey, Star Wars Fans! Check Out These Amazon Prime Day Deals

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:00am
For those who want the force to be with them, a ton of Star Wars-themed deals are being offered today.
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