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A Northrop Grumman robot successfully docked to a satellite to extend its life

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 7:10pm
Satellites could live longer lives thanks to new technology being tested by Northrop Grumman.
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'Awaken' documentary captures natural beauty of Earth and our night sky

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 6:02pm
A new documentary by award-winning astrophotographer Tom Lowe is showcasing humanity's relationship to the natural world, including the sky above our heads.
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Epic NASA video celebrates 40 years of the space shuttle

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 3:38pm
It's been 40 years since NASA's first space shuttle soared into orbit and a new video to commemorate that debut flights.
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Stepping into the 'Beyond': New book celebrates 60th anniversary of first man in space

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 2:51pm
In his new book "Beyond," author Stephen Walker recounts intimate details of the months, and years, leading up to Yuri Gagarin's historic flight.
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Take a deep listen to these celestial-inspired sounds from NASA (Videos)

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 1:30pm
A new set of videos from a unique astronomy-music project transformed spacecraft data into celestial sound baths.
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April new moon 2021: Planets become more visible before the moon occults Mars

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 1:17pm
The new moon occurs Sunday, April 11, at 10:30 p.m. EDT (0230 GMT on April 12), a week before our natural satellite passes in front of Mars.
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Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space (Photo Gallery)

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 1:16pm
On April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. See photos of the historic flight of Vostok 1.
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From the deepest seas to Perseverance's home on Mars, curiosity drives astronaut Kathy Sullivan

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 1:15pm
For retired astronaut Kathy Sullivan, life is about exploring whatever is around you.
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Pictures from space! Our image of the day

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 11:34am
Today marks exactly 60 years since cosmonaut and Soviet pilot Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel to space, on April 12, 1961.
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UAE names two new astronauts, including first woman candidate

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:41am
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has selected two new trainees for its burgeoning astronaut corps, including its first female candidate.
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A small, car-sized asteroid just gave Earth a close shave

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:23am
A newly spotted asteroid about the size of a car flew harmlessly past Earth this morning (April 12).
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Celestron Inspire 80AZ telescope: Full review

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 8:55am
The Celestron Inspire 80AZ's ease of use and intuitive build make it a good choice for beginners, especially those who are keen to try their hand at basic smartphone astrophotography. This refractor provides crisp views but its optics do suffer from slight color fringing and blurring
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From Yuri Gagarin's launch to today, human spaceflight has always been political

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 7:48am
When cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly in space, he also became an instant celebrity, a diplomatic icon of the Soviet Union around the world.
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Casio's new digital watch marks 40 years since first space shuttle launch

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 7:30am
Casio is ready to launch a limited edition timepiece commemorating the 40th anniversary of NASA's first space shuttle launch.
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In photos: NASA's first space shuttle flight, STS-1 on Columbia

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 7:21am
Photos of NASA's first space shuttle launch STS-1 aboard Columbia on April 12, 1981.
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On This Day in Space! April 12, 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes 1st human in space

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 7:05am
On April 12, 1961, a human went to space for the first time! See how it happened in our "On This Day In Space" series!
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Yuri Gagarin: How the first man in space sparked a conspiracy theory

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 7:02am
Gagarin became the first of humankind to blast off into space on April 12, 1961, but rumors continue to circulate that another cosmonaut had beaten him to the punch days before.
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60 years of human spaceflight brings in tech changes and emphasis on diversity

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 6:58am
If spaceflight used to be viewed as a race between the Soviet Union and the United States, the language today tilts towards imperfect diversity.
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Why is NASA sending a woman to the moon?

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 6:56am
NASA aims to land the first woman on the moon with its Artemis program. But why?
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Teach your kids to code a Mars helicopter game with this NASA guide

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 7:54am
NASA has shared a new learning guide for students to create their own video game to explore Mars with a helicopter like Ingenuity, which is expected to make its debut flight this week.
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