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WATCH LIVE @ 6:53 p.m. ET Wednesday: Delta IV Rocket Launching Military Satellite

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:25:00 EST

The WGS-8 military communications satellite is scheduled to launch today (Dec. 7) at 6:53 p.m. EST (2353 GMT). Watch the liftoff live here at beginning at 6:33 p.m. EST (2333 GMT), courtesy of United Launch Alliance.(image)

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Drill Glitch Brings Mars Rover Curiosity to a Halt

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:23:00 EST

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has stopped driving and using its 7-foot-long (2.1 meters) arm while mission controllers investigate an issue with the robot’s sample-collecting drill.(image)

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Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:12:00 EST's editors present a list of the astrophysics and astronomy books worth a read-through.(image)

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Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Reading List

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:01:00 EST's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.(image)

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Science Museum, London Acquires British Astronaut's Soyuz for Display

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:59:00 EST

The space capsule that returned the United Kingdom's first professional astronaut to the Earth will land on display in London in 2017. Science Museum, London has acquired Tim Peake's Soyuz TMA-19M descent module to inspire a new generation of explorers.(image)

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Mystery (Partially) Solved? 'Heat Bombs' Warm Sun's Outer Atmosphere

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:28:00 EST

New observations from a NASA sun-watching spacecraft could help solve a persistent mystery — why the sun's atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface.(image)

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Supermoon In December 2016 Will Complete Trifecta | Video

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:11:00 EST

On Dec. 13, 2016, the full moon will be at perigee causing it to look brighter and slightly larger than a usual full moon. This is the third straight month where the full moon can be considered a 'Supermoon."(image)

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War and Peace: James S.A. Corey on New 'Expanse' Novel

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:06:00 EST

In "Babylon's Ashes" (Orbit, 2016), the people of Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt deal with the aftermath of a stunning blow from the violent Free Navy, and Capt. James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante take on a desperate mission.(image)

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Image of the Day

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:01:00 EST

The private space tourism company Virgin Galactic successfully flew its SpaceShipTwo, named the VSS Unity, in its first glide test flight on Saturday (Dec. 3). Virgin Galactic aims to one day take paying customers on private suborbital flights into space(image)

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Hunt for Life on Mars Could Target Nitrogen

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:00:00 EST

Analyzing nitrogen levels on Mars could help researchers find evidence of life on the Red Planet, if it ever existed, a new study suggests.(image)

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House of Representatives Approves Bill to Mint Coins for Moon Landing 50th

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:00:00 EST

The United States Mint is now between one 'small step' and 'giant leap' closer to striking curved coins for the first moon landing. The House of Representatives voted to pass the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.(image)

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Saturn Probe Dives Past Rings for 1st Time

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:54:00 EST

Cassini zoomed within 57,000 miles (91,000 kilometers) of Saturn's cloud tops on Sunday morning, plunging through the planet's ring plane at about the spot where a faint ring generated by the small moons Janus and Epimetheus lies.(image)

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Glowing Clouds Shine in Electric Blue Over Antarctica (Photos)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:52:00 EST

New images from NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission captured glowing electric-blue clouds in the twilight sky over Antarctica, marking an early start to this year's noctilucent, or night-shining, cloud season in the Southern H(image)

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Vega Rocket Launches Turkish Earth-Observation Satellite

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:25:00 EST

Arianespace lofted Turkey’s Göktürk-1 Earth-observation satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit today (Dec. 5) aboard a Vega rocket, marking the eighth success for the European light-lift vehicle.(image)

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Anti-Matter Drive To Alpha Centauri? New Short-Documentary Explores | Video

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:00:00 EST

In "Reaching for the Stars: Traveling to Alpha Centauri," the CEO from Positron Dynamics briefly explains how their new propulsion system works. This type of new tech could make the "Project Blue" campaign a possibility.(image)

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Galactic 'Spiderweb' Has Unusual Feeding Habits

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:00:00 EST

A giant spider's web of young galaxies may reveal the secrets of how massive galaxies form.(image)

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Get a Skywatching Grant to Watch the 'Great American Eclipse'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:43:00 EST

On Aug. 21, 2017, the first total solar eclipse to cross over the continental United States in nearly four decades will occur — and the American Astronomical Society has launched a new website and grant program to engage skywatchers in the event.(image)

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Interstellar Glitz: Designing the 'Passengers' Starship, Inside and Out

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:09:00 EST

Famed production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas discusses the incredible starship design for the film "Passengers" (2016).(image)

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Supermoon December 2016: When, Where & How to See It

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:00:00 EST

Skywatchers were treated to extra-bright "supermoons" in October and November, and they'll have a chance to see another one before the year is out. Here's how to see the supermoon of Dec. 13, 2016.(image)

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Nat Geo's 'Mars' Colonists Grow Even More Ambitious in New Episode

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EST

Tonight's (Dec. 5) new episode of National Geographic's "Mars" miniseries will demonstrate the importance of thinking realistically about big dreams while expanding a human settlement on the Red Planet.(image)

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