Behold, directly overhead, a certain strange star was suddenly seen...
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Towers Toppled at Historic Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 17

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 7:03am
The last two launch towers to stand at Cape Canaveral since the dawn of the Space Age are no more.
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NASA's New Planet Hunter on Track to Start Science Work This Month

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 7:02am
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will begin its search for alien worlds before the end of July, if everything goes according to plan.
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SpaceX Gives Nose-Cone-Catching Boat 'Mr. Steven' a Bigger Net

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 7:00am
Mr. Steven now has some more margin for error. SpaceX has outfitted the speedy boat with a much larger net, to give it a better chance of plucking payload fairings — the nose cones that surround spacecraft during launch — out of the sky.
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White House Nominates Morhard to Be NASA Deputy Administrator

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 7:00am
The White House nominated a veteran Senate aide with little space experience to be NASA's deputy administrator July 12, a month after the agency's administrator said he wanted someone with technical expertise for the job.
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Neutrino-Discovery Inside Scoop: Q&A with 'Godfather of IceCube' Francis Halzen

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 6:58am
IceCube Neutrino Observatory principal investigator Francis Halzen talks about how researchers worked together to track a high-energy neutrino to its source for the first time.
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'Godfather of IceCube' Talks Hunting Neutrinos

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 6:57am
IceCube principle investigator Francis Halzen discusses how the unique observatory was built and the plans for its future.
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Mining Moon Ice: Prospecting Plans Starting to Take Shape

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:04am
Scientists, engineers and mining technologists have begun blueprinting what hardware and missions are required to explore and establish a prospecting campaign for water ice at the poles of Earth's moon.
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The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:04am
Here are our picks for the most amazing space photos of the week.
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Universe's Expansion Rate Is Different Depending on Where You Look

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:03am
Our universe's rate of expansion keeps getting stranger.
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Geometry Helps Solve the Mystery of Mars' Water

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:00am
Studying the angles of river features on Mars helped a trio of scientists determine that the water fell from the air rather than seeping up from the ground.
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7 Far-Out Summer Vacation Ideas for Science Fiction Fans

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 3:55am
Embrace your love of science fiction this summer. Here's how to celebrate "Star Trek," see sci-fi museum exhibits, or visit natural wonders that inspired great science fiction.
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NASA Centers to Visit for an Out of This World Vacation

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 1:42am
NASA visitor centers can make fantastic vacation stops for space fans. Here's a list of centers to visit and details about what to expect when you go.
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Night Sky Events to Show Your Kids in Summer 2018

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 1:30am
There are a lot of things going on in that wondrous sky above our heads. One way to get kids interested in astronomy is to show them some "gee-whiz" objects that are not only fun to look at, but can even test their perception and vision.
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Satellite-Lofting Startup Will Build US Launch Site

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:50pm
The small-satellite launch provider Rocket Lab plans to build a new launch site in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday (July 10).
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Martian 'Ghost Dunes' Could Preserve Signs of Ancient Life

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:37pm
Could pits hold evidence of ancient Mars life?
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Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:00pm
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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Here's Why IceCube's Neutrino Discovery Is a Big Deal

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:01am
Scientists have spotted an incredibly energetic, incredibly tiny "ghost" particle called a neutrino flying through Antarctic ice and traced it back to its origins to a specific blazar, but why does it matter?
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Tracing a Neutrino to Its Source: The Discovery in Pictures

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:01am
On July 12, 2018, researchers announced that they had traced a high-energy neutrino to its extragalactic source for the first time, using a system of detectors buried in Antarctic ice. See images related to the big discovery here.
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High-Energy 'Ghost Particle' Traced to Distant Galaxy in Astronomy Breakthrough

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:00am
Astronomers have traced a high-energy neutrino to its cosmic source for the first time ever, solving a century-old mystery in the process.
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Solar Dynamics Observatory: Staring at the Sun

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 8:43am
SDO provides insights on the structure of the sun's magnetic field, as well as how energy is transferred from the sun into space.
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