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Army Soldiers on the Front Lines of Space Wars

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 8:04am
Warnings from military and intelligence agencies about Russia and China threatening to take down or jam U.S. satellites are taken seriously by the Army as forces have grown heavily dependent on satellites.
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Air Force Secretary Affirms Support for Space Force

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 8:00am
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson: "We support the president's proposal."
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Typhoon Delays Launch of Japanese Cargo Ship to Space Station

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 7:10am
Japan's space agency has postponed the launch of its next cargo-ship mission to the International Space Station due to bad weather from a typhoon.
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Galaxy Punches Through Neighbor to Spawn Giant Ring of Black Holes

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 7:00am
A giant ring of black holes has been discovered 300 million light-years away, offering new clues about what happens when galaxies collide.
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NASA Plans to Build a Moon-Orbiting Space Station: Here's What You Should Know

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 5:54am
Here's a primer on the Gateway, the moon-orbiting space station that NASA plans to start building in the next half-decade.
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India Unveils Its Own Spacesuit Design for 2022 Astronaut Flights

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:57am
The Indian Space Research Organisation showed off the spacesuit it has designed in-house for its first human space missions at an event held on Sept. 6.
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Huge Hurricane Florence Looms Large in New Views from Space (Video)

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:50am
As Hurricane Florence intensified into a major Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean today (Sept. 10), astronauts and satellites have spotted the enormous weather system from space.
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Cassini's 'Grand Finale' at Saturn Lands NASA an Emmy

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 2:37am
If you watched the Cassini probe's spectacular dive into Saturn last September, you weren't alone — and now its media campaign has earned NASA an Emmy award.
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SpaceX Launches New Communications Satellite, Sticks Rocket Landing

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 1:17am
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite into orbit early Monday morning (Sept. 10) before returning for a spectacular drone-ship landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Is Pluto a Planet? New Paper Adds to Decade-Long Debate

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 1:00am
Scientists have spent 12 years arguing over how to classify Pluto, and a recently published paper offers a new — but surprisingly old — reason for restoring the object's planetary status.
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How to See the Bright Green Comet 21P in Binoculars on Monday

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 10:17am
Want to see a comet whizzing by Earth? Your best chance to catch one of these celestial visitors is overnight, when Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner will be best visible in binoculars or a telescope.
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SpaceX Will Launch Telstar Communications Satellite Tonight: How to Watch Live

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 7:50am
SpaceX is prepared to loft a hefty communications satellite into orbit tonight (Sept. 9), attempting to land a Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on a drone ship at sea.
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Take a Look Inside Lockheed Martin's Proposed Lunar 'Gateway' Habitat for Astronauts

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 12:57pm
Take a walk through Lockheed Martin's proposed habitat for NASA's moon-orbiting space station, which the agency plans to start building in 2022.
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Spotting the Comets of 2018 and Tracking Their Spectacular Encounters Using Mobile Apps

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 8:30am
This month, a periodically returning comet designated 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is bright enough to be seen in binoculars and small telescopes. Here's how to track it.
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New Nat Geo Book Series Uses Science and Wonder to Inspire Young Explorers

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 8:30am
"Explorer Academy," a new seven-book book series from National Geographic, combines real-life science and exploration with fiction to captivate young audiences looking for adventure.
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Two Small Asteroids Are Buzzing Earth This Weekend. See One Live Tonight!

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 8:00am
A near-Earth asteroid will safely fly by Earth on Sunday (Sept. 9), and you can watch its approach in a live webcast tonight (Sept. 8).
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NASA Rocket Launch Tests Supersonic Parachute for Mars Rover Landings

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:20pm
NASA successfully tested a supersonic parachute designed to land the agency's next rover on Mars today (Sept. 7) during a sounding rocket flight from Wallops Island in Virginia.
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Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa Has a Really Weird Cold Spot

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:19pm
Just because Jupiter's moon Europa is coated in ice doesn't mean all that ice is the same temperature.
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Behold, the Milky Way! Our Galaxy Glitters in This Spectacular Photo

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:00pm
The starry arc of the Milky Way galaxy sprawls across the evening sky on a spring night in this photo captured near the village of Campinho in Portugal's Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve.
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NASA to Talk Triumphs and Fate of Dawn Asteroid Mission Today: Watch Live

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 7:13am
NASA will hold a live "science chat" today (Sept. 7) to showcase the success of the space agency's Dawn asteroid mission as the spacecraft nears the end of its mission, and you can watch it live online.
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