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Hurricane Florence Looks Like a Giant Cotton Ball in This Astronaut Photo from Space

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 7:01am
Hurricane Florence looks like a giant cotton ball in new photos snapped from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold.
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Air Leak on Soyuz Spacecraft Doesn't Worry Upcoming Space Station Crew

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 7:00am
A week after a small depressurization occurred in the International Space Station, a trio of astronauts due to leave Earth in December expressed their confidence in safety of the spacecraft involved in their journey.
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Curiosity Rover Snaps Gorgeous Panoramic Selfie on Mars Mountain (Photo)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 7:00am
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has captured itself and its exotic, colorful Red Planet surroundings in a single glorious, 360-degree shot.
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We're Probably Living in a Simulation, Elon Musk Says

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 7:00am
We're all probably trapped in a "Matrix"-like pseudo existence, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said early Friday (Sept. 7) during a long, wide-ranging and very entertaining appearance on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast.
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New Apollo 8 'Earthrise' Documentary Is a 'Love Letter to the Earth'

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 6:54am
"Earthrise," a new, award-winning short documentary named after the famous photo, centers on the image and the remarkable story behind it.
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The End is Near for NASA's Historic Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 6:36am
Appreciate those gorgeous photos of the dwarf planet Ceres that NASA's Dawn spacecraft keeps beaming home, because that tap will soon run dry.
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Japanese Space-Elevator Experiment Launching to Space Station Next Week (Really!)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 6:18am
The continuing push fora space elevator took a step forward this week when a team of researchers from Shizuoka University in Japan announced that they will launch an experiment next week from the International Space Station.
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A Chinese Satellite Just Watched OneSpace Launch a Rocket, and the Video Is Awesome

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 5:47am
You've likely never seen a rocket launch quite like this. When the Chinese commercial spaceflight company OneSpace launched its latest rocket test Friday (Sept. 7), a satellite was watching. The result: one amazing video.
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Puzzling Swirls on the Moon May Come from Ancient, Magnetized Lava

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 5:08am
Light and dark markings swirl over the moon, looking like cream swirled into coffee or clouds against a slate gray sky. These lunar swirls may result from ancient, magnetic lava just below the moon's surface, according to one new study.
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A Bright Green Comet Will Grace September's Skies

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:59am
September brings a chance to see a comet. It will be bright enough that you can readily glimpse it using binoculars, though it will be much easier to see using just a small telescope.
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2018 Full Moon Calendar

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 4:00am
The full moon happens once a month. Find out when.
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Jupiter's Weird Magnetic Field Gets Even Weirder

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 3:16am
NASA's Juno spacecraft has mapped the powerful magnetic field at Jupiter, revealing a surprising asymmetry between the northern and southern hemispheres that could lend insight into what's going on within the gas giant.
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NASA's 1st Orion Spaceship to Carry Astronauts Is a Step Closer to Reality

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:19pm
Technicians from an aerospace and military contractor recently completed construction of the Orion capsule, which is designed to take astronauts back to the moon.
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Pulsar Discoverer Jocelyn Bell Burnell Wins $3 Million Breakthrough Prize

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:02pm
British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell will receive a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, for her 1967 discovery of the fast-spinning stellar corpses known as pulsars and her scientific leadership in the 50 years since then.
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SpaceX Sets Weekend Launch Date for Telstar Communications Satellite

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:00pm
After a successful engine test-fire, SpaceX is on track for a Saturday night launch of the company's Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry a Telstar communications satellite.
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NASA Will Launch 2 Rockets to Test a Mars Parachute and Track 'Nanoflares'

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:04am
NASA will launch two brief rocket missions on Friday (Sept. 7): One will test a parachute that could one day be used to help land the next rover on Mars; the other will measure tiny explosions on the sun called nanoflares.
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Alien Life Could Exist on Worlds Overflowing with Water, New Research Suggests

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 7:14am
Even on alien worlds covered by water, a new study shows there's a chance for life to survive for a long time — despite previous research showing that's unlikely.
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September Full Moon 2018: When to See the 'Harvest Moon'

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 7:00am
The full moon of September, called the Harvest Moon, will grace the skies on Sept. 24, just two days after the autumn equinox.
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Amazing Photos: The Comets 21P/Giacobini-Zinner and 46P/Wirtanen of 2018

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 7:00am
See photos of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner and the naked-eye comet 46P/Wirtanen, which will swing around the sun in September and December.
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Scientists Spot Ancient, Ultra-Fast Wind from the Early Universe

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 6:52am
Galaxies use powerful winds to save themselves from early deaths. And researchers just spotted one from just a billion years after the Big Bang.
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