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#dearMoon: SpaceX's 1st Passenger Flight Around the Moon Will Be an Epic Art Project

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:39am
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced Sept. 17 that he has chosen to go to the moon in 2023 — and bring six to eight artists along for the ride.
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The BFR in Images: SpaceX's Giant Spaceship for Mars Colony & Beyond

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:00am
On Sept. 29, 2017, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s latest Mars-colonization architecture, which centers on a rocket-spaceship combo dubbed the BFR (Big F***ing Rocket). See how it works in images.
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SpaceX Will Fly a Japanese Billionaire (and Artists, Too!) Around the Moon in 2023

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:45am
A Japanese billionaire and a coterie of artists will become the first private citizens ever to fly beyond low Earth orbit just five years from now, if all goes according to plan.
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Mars Explorers Could Live in 'Igloo' Near Red Planet's North Pole

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 7:42am
Mars explorers could live in an igloo-like structure near the Red Planet's frigid north pole, to take advantage of the seasonally abundant solar energy in that region, a new study suggests.
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New Mexico Solar Observatory Re-Opening Monday After Criminal Investigation

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 7:30am
The Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico will re-open Monday (Sept. 17). It had been closed for 10 days while authorities conducted a criminal investigation.
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Changing the Launch Equation: Q&A with Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 7:30am
Rocket Lab aims to make space much more accessible with its 57-foot-tall (17 meters) small-satellite launcher, the Electron rocket. Space.com discussed the company's vision with Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck.
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SpaceX to Unveil 1st Passenger for Private BFR Moon Trip Tonight! How to Watch.

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 7:23am
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will reveal its first passenger for a trip around the moon on the company's massive BFR rocket and you can watch it all live online.
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Interplanetary Umbrella: New Heat Shield Could Land Bigger Payloads on Planets

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 1:29am
Forget packing a towel to explore the universe, as the joke from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" goes. Instead, a new mission aimed at protecting small satellites and landers is more like packing an umbrella.
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Tiny Satellites Headed to Mars Likely Are First of Many

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 1:28am
Two tiny explorers are pushing the bounds of their kind, but if scientists have their way, the two adventurers will soon have plenty of company.
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Delta Blue: Last Delta II Rocket Launch Leaves Behind Colorful Legacy

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 9:17am
The final launch of the venerable Delta II rocket has left the world a little less blue. That is not to say that the rocket's retirement hasn't been met with a tinge of sadness. No, it was not a matter of sentimentality. Rather, it is one of hue.
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Martian Manhunter Back On Detective Beat in New Orlando/Rossmo Comics Series

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 8:53am
A Mister Miracle style approach to the Justice League linchpin.
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New 'Doctor Who' Premieres in October

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 8:28am
The new Doctor Who will air simultaneously in both the US and UK this October.
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New Pentagon Memo Lays Out Action Plan to Space Force by 2020

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 8:28am
The Sept. 10 space reorganization memo includes specific actions and assigns responsibilities.
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'Captain Marvel': New Villain, Plot Details Revealed

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 8:28am
Captain Marvel won't be an origin story.
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For William Shatner, Early 'Star Trek' Was Far From Glamorous

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 8:27am
The original "Star Trek" series is one of the most popular and beloved sci-fi series of all time. But for years, it was a flop that left William Shatner performing out of the back of his truck.
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Last Delta II Rocket Launches NASA Satellite to Map Earth's Ice with Space Laser

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 9:44am
A $1 billion NASA mission that will use a laser to track changing ice levels on Earth soared into space early Saturday (Sept. 15), launching into a predawn California sky on a mission that also marked the final flight of a record-setting rocket.
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In Photos: Last Delta II Rocket Soars With NASA's ICESat-2

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 9:19am
On Sept. 15, 2018, the final Delta II rocket launched into space carrying NASA's ICESat-2 satellite, ending an era for the workhorse rocket. See photos from the historic last launch of the famed United Launch Alliance booster here.
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See Venus Get Super Bright Before It Exits 2018 Night Sky

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 7:56am
Soon, it will be time to bid a fond adieu to the "evening star," the planet Venus.
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Celebrating Cassini: NASA Saturn Probe Died 1 Year Ago Today

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 7:45am
Cassini plunged intentionally into the ringed planet's thick atmosphere one year ago today (Sept. 15), ending a storied 13-year run through the Saturn system. The probe may be gone, but it's far from forgotten.
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Hulu's 'The First' Confronts the Drama of Getting Humans to Mars

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 7:35am
Hulu's newest space show, "The First," provides a glimpse into the heartbreaking, bureaucratic and frustrating side of space travel.
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