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NASA’s New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again

Way, way out at the cold, dark edges of the solar system—past the rocky inner planets, beyond the gas giants, a billion miles more remote than Pluto—drifts a tiny frozen world so mysterious, scientists still aren’t entirely sure if it’s one world or two. Astronomers call it Ultima Thule, an …

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50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

Half a century ago, astronauts aboard NASA’s Apollo 8 mission become the first humans to leave low Earth orbit, traverse the 240,000 miles separating our planet from its moon, and loop around that natural satellite to look upon its forever-hidden far side (not dark side) with their own eyes. The …

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Astronauts launch in Soyuz rocket for first time since botched takeoff

Anne McClain of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency before their Soyuz flight

Anne McClain of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency before their Soyuz flightNASA/Victor Zelentsov By Sam Wong Normal service has resumed for Soyuz spaceflights – the only craft that can now carry humans to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Three astronauts …

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Spacecraft to study marsquakes lands on Mars after 7 minutes of terror

Mars, as seen by NASA

Mars, as seen by NASA’s InSight landerNasa/JPL-Caltech By Mika McKinnon The newest robotic resident of Mars defied the odds and landed safely on the surface, despite the thin atmosphere and strong gravity. On 26 November, Mars InSight faced six and a half minutes of terror, charring its heat shield, flinging …

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First close-up look shows asteroid Bennu is a holey watery world

Asteroid 101955 Bennu

OSIRIS-REx will attempt to bring dust samples back from asteroid Bennu – if there is any dust NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona By Leah Crane Bennu is full of water, covered in boulders, and riddled with caves. Those are the first findings from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, which arrived at the asteroid on …

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Astronauts launch in Soyuz rocket for first time since botched takeoff

Anne McClain of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency before their Soyuz flight

Anne McClain of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency before their Soyuz flightNASA/Victor Zelentsov By Sam Wong Normal service has resumed for Soyuz spaceflights – the only craft that can now carry humans to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Three astronauts …

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Just Arrived at Asteroid Bennu

Update 12/3/2018 12:20 pm ET: OSIRIS-REx successfully arrived at the asteroid Bennu. Two years and two months after it launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA’s $800-million mission to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter will reach a pivotal moment Monday, when the agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is slated …

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Mars ’76 – Scientific American Blog Network

Caleb A. Scharf Dr. Caleb A. Scharf is Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University,and has an international reputation as a research astrophysicist, and asa lecturer to college and public audiences. The UK’s Guardian newspaperhas listed his blog Life, Unbounded, as one of their “hottest scienceblogs,” while an editor at Seed …

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