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China launches Tianzhou 3 cargo ship to new space station

3 hours 12 min ago
China has launched a cargo mission to its new space station, just days after astronauts departed the orbiting outpost.
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On This Day in Space! Sept. 20, 1970: Luna 16 lands on the moon

3 hours 13 min ago
On Sept. 20, 1970, the Soviet Union's Luna 16 moon probe landed on the moon to retrieve a soil sample. See how it happened in our "On This Day In Space" series!
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New gravitational wave detector picks up possible signal from the beginning of time

3 hours 43 min ago
Physicists turned on a new type of gravitational-wave sensor and saw two intriguing results, but they aren't yet ready to claim a discovery.
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Scientists watch a galaxy's supermassive black hole shoot out the galaxy's gas

3 hours 44 min ago
There comes a time in every galaxy's life, astronomers think, when the galaxy ejects a large part of its gas, but scientists aren't certain what drives this "mid-life crisis."
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Harvest Moon 2021: When and how to see September's full moon

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 9:01am
The full moon of September 2021 also carries the title of the Harvest Moon for those living in the Northern Hemisphere.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk donates $50 million to Inspiration4 spaceflight fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 8:38am
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has pledged to donate $50 million to benefit childhood cancer research by the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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1st 'atom tornado' created from swirling vortex of helium atoms

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 8:01am
Physicists have created the first-ever atomic vortex beam — a swirling tornado of atoms and molecules with mysterious properties that have yet to be understood.
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SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission just opened a new era of private spaceflight

Sun, 09/19/2021 - 7:54am
Inspiration4 may be over, but many other missions are poised to follow in its pioneering footsteps.
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SpaceX's Inspiration4 private all-civilian orbital mission: Live updates

Sat, 09/18/2021 - 8:21pm
The first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Sept. 15, and you can follow all the action live here.
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SpaceX's private Inspiration4 crew returns to Earth with historic splashdown off Florida coast

Sat, 09/18/2021 - 7:45pm
After three days in space, SpaceX's first all-civilian crew returned to Earth tonight, splashing down off the Florida coast to end a historic mission.
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Space photos: The most amazing images this week!

Sat, 09/18/2021 - 6:18pm
See the best photos on Space.com this week.
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The top space stories of the week!

Sat, 09/18/2021 - 6:17pm
These are the top space stories this week from Space.com.
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Hasbro unveils new Star Wars 'Black Series' and 'Vintage Collection' figures (including a new lightsaber!)

Sat, 09/18/2021 - 7:33am
The lightsaber will be their most realistic yet.
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Otherworldly 'time crystal' made inside Google quantum computer could change physics forever

Sat, 09/18/2021 - 7:26am
The crystals neatly sidestep some of physics' most iron-clad laws.
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SpaceX's private Inspiration4 astronauts will return to Earth tonight and you can watch it live

Sat, 09/18/2021 - 7:24am
SpaceX's first all-civilian crew will return to Earth tonight with a splashdown off the Florida coast to end a mission like no other.
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Replay: SpaceX's historic Inspiration4 all-civilian crew splashes down in Atlantic

Sat, 09/18/2021 - 7:05am
The four astronauts flying on SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission will return to Earth on their Crew Dragon spacecraft today (Sept. 18), and you can watch it live online.
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SpaceX's Inspiration4 crew is having a blast and doing science in orbit (video)

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:43pm
From ultrasounds to ukulele jam sessions and space art, it appears the Inspiration4 crew is staying busy in orbit.
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SpaceX Inspiration4 mission crew talks to St. Jude patients from space (video)

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 4:43pm
In between playfully snacking on M&Ms, the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew took a break from their science-heavy mission to chat with kid patients from a Memphis children's hospital.
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Pictures from space! Our image of the day

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 1:09pm
Cancer survivor and civilian astronaut Hayley Arceneaux can be seen floating inside Dragon Crew's dome window
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Indie artist's space-bound song features a New Jersey planetarium

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 12:08pm
Indie-pop artist Foxanne's new space-bound single, "I Could Go On," highlights a science center that continues to provide science education to the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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