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Opportunity Mars Rover Still Silent Beneath Raging Dust Storm

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 7:02am
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover remains silent as a giant dust storm continues to swirl on the Red Planet.
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Earth Throws Stunning Light Show for Space Station Astronauts (Time-Lapse Video)

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 7:00am
The Earth recently put on a spectacular show for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
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This Fourth of July, Astronauts Have a Well-Deserved Day Off

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 6:57am
This July Fourth, astronauts finally have a day off.
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Einstein's Theory of Gravity Passes Toughest Test to Date

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 1:00am
Einstein's theory of general relativity has passed its most stringent test to date with flying colors, a new study reports.
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Why a Fighter Jet Is Testing 'Quiet' Supersonic Booms Over Texas for NASA

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:40am
This November, onlookers will get to hear a so-called "quiet" sonic boom as a supersonic military jet zips through the skies of Galveston, Texas, according to NASA.
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Meteorites on Earth May Come from Just a Handful of Early Lost Worlds

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 6:40am
Nearly every meteorite that falls onto Earth may ultimately come from a half dozen or so lost worlds that splintered apart soon after the birth of the solar system, a new study finds.
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NASA's Planetary Protection Policies Need to Be Updated, Report Finds

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 6:38am
A new report recommends that NASA update its policies that protect planets and other solar system bodies from possible contamination during space exploration missions.
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Weird Bright Spots on Ceres Get a Close-Up from Dawn As Mission Nears End

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 6:36am
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has gotten its best-ever looks at the weird bright spots that speckle the dwarf planet Ceres.
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Here's What 'Artemis' Author Andy Weir Thinks of NASA's Moon Plan

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 4:38am
The paperback of Andy Weir's "Artemis" (Broadway Books, 2018) launches in bookstores today. Here's what Weir thinks about NASA's new plan to send astronauts to the moon and if private companies are going to get there first.
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Watch Cosmonauts Cheer for Russia's 2018 World Cup Win Over Spain

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 2:04am
It's official: Russia's stunning victory over Spain in a 2018 World Cup match Sunday (July 1) is out of this world. 
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Scientists Try for 1st-Ever Meteorite Recovery at Sea

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:49am
Researchers are using robotic submarines to hunt for meteorites in the ocean off the coast of Washington State.
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'Annihilation' Author Jeff VanderMeer Shares the Secrets to Writing Great Imaginative Fiction

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:47am
Aspiring writers of "imaginative fiction" — whether science fiction, fantasy or other kinds — are in for a treat: a new update to the fiction-writing guide "Wonderbook," by Jeff VanderMeer.
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Restoration Begins on NASA's Last Flight-Configured Saturn IB Rocket

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:17am
An extensive effort is underway to save the last remaining flight-configured rocket of the type that launched the first Apollo astronauts 50 years ago.
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Best Night Sky Events of July 2018 (Stargazing Maps)

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:30am
See what's up in the night sky for July 2018, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
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World UFO Day: Are We Really Alone? The Question Is Worthy of Serious Study

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:18am
About 5 percent of all UFO sightings cannot be easily explained by weather or human technology. A physicist argues that there's compelling evidence to justify serious scientific study and that the skeptics should step aside – for the sake of humanity.
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Night Sky, July 2018: What You Can See This Month [Maps]

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:00am
Find out what's up in your night sky during July 2018 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
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SpaceX Dragon Delivers 'World's Strongest Coffee,' Ice Cream & More to Space Station

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 7:40am
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Monday (July 2) carrying nearly 3 tons of supplies for astronauts, including super-caffeinated coffee, Texas blueberries and an extra special treat: ice cream.
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It's a Beautiful Baby Exoplanet! Historic Photo Is 1st View of Alien World Being Born

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 6:00am
A stunning, first-of-its-kind photo shows a giant alien world taking shape in the disk of gas and dust surrounding a young star.
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Super-Sensitive Device Seeks Axions, Proposed Dark Matter Particles

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 6:00am
U.S. physicists say they have successfully tested the first experiment sensitive enough to detect axions — hypothetical particles that some scientists think make up the dark matter holding galaxies together.
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The Space Station Is Shifting to Commercial Crew Vehicles. Where Does That Leave Russia?

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 3:49am
NASA currently pays Roscosmos a fee to send astronauts to the International Space Station. What will Roscosmos do after the U.S. commercial-crew program starts up?
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