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Elon Musk Talks SpaceX Mars Colony Ships and More in Reddit AMA

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:15:00 EDT

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk provided some additional details Oct. 23 about a Mars transportation system he unveiled last month, including plans to test in the near future one of its key technologies.

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Volcanic Eruptions on Jupiter's Moon Io Tracked Over Time

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:02:00 EDT

The largest telescopes on Earth were trained on Io, tracking volcanoes more active than anything on Earth.

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'Spiders' on Mars: Citizen Scientists Investigate Strange Martian Terrain

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:21:00 EDT

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been surveying strange "spider-like" surface features on Mars for years, and now citizen scientists are helping the orbiter hone in on areas that require further investigation.

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Trip to Mars Could Throw Off Astronauts' Balance

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:32:00 EDT

Imagine if our first Mars astronauts fell over and had trouble orienting themselves as soon as they landed on Mars. That could be the troubling reality according to a new bed rest study.

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What's Up with 'Niku'? Object's Weird Orbit Puzzles Scientists

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:19:00 EDT

An object in the outer reaches of the solar system, nicknamed "Niku," is traveling around the sun in a highly abnormal way, and scientists currently cannot explain why.

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Chinese Postage Stamps Honor Shenzhou 11 Taikonauts Now on Space Lab

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:27:00 EDT

China's latest astronauts to launch to space have landed on a series of new stamps and related postal souvenirs celebrating their on-going mission. Shenzhou 11 crewmates Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong are featured on the commemoratives.

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Laser Communications Could Be 10 to 100X Faster - New NASA Mission | Video

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:37:00 EDT

The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) is set to launch in 2019 and will put humanities knowledge of manipulating photons to the test. Building off of the previous Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD).

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How Deadly Would a Nearby Gamma-Ray Burst Be?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:12:00 EDT

Despite the obvious doom and gloom associated with mass extinctions, they have a tendency to capture our imagination. After all, the sudden demise of the dinosaurs, presumably due to an asteroid strike, is quite an enthralling story.

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Wow! Stargazer Captures Cool Cosmic Rarity

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:00:00 EDT

Astrophotographer Ron Brecher took this image of NGC 669, a "polar ring galaxy", from Guelph, Ontario on September 19, 2016.

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Image of the Day

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:00:00 EDT

The Red Spider Nebula, seen here by the Hubble Space Telescope, is a two-lobed cloud of gas expanding around a dying star called a planetary nebula.

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The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

See the best photos on this week, including amazing images of several rocket launches and the final resting place of Europe's ExoMars lander on the Red Planet.

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Orbital ATK Cygnus Supply Ship Arrives at Space Station

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A Cygnus cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday (Oct. 23), delivering science experiments and supplies for the station.

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The Most Amazing Space Stories This Week!

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:00:00 EDT

Europe's ExoMars 2016 mission arrived at the Red Planet, the case for the putative Planet Nine got even stronger and Chinese astronauts docked with the nation's space lab. Here are the most amazing things that happened in the universe this week.

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The Truth About Astrological Signs

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:00:00 EDT

A news story began furiously circulating about a month ago about how NASA had just changed the signs of the Zodiac.

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ExoMars Lander Slammed Into Mars At Over 186 MPH - Crash Site Seen | Video

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:48:00 EDT

Europe's ExoMars lander's thrusters shut down prematurely, causing a free fall that was estimated to be between 1.2 to 2.5 miles (2 to 4 km). It was likely traveling more than 186 mph (300 km/h) when it impacted, with nearly a full tank.

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Europe's ExoMars 2016 Mars Landing: Complete Coverage

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:49:00 EDT

On Oct. 19, 2016, the European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 mission is landing the Schiaparelli module on Mars while its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, begins its own mission around the Red Planet. See our full coverage.

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ExoMars In Photos: Schiaparelli Probe's Mars Landing Day

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:26:00 EDT

The European Space Agency landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Wednesday (Oct. 19). The Schiaparelli lander's fate is unclear, but its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter entered Mars orbit as planned.

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Looting Asteroids' Water Will Make Launches Cheaper

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:07:00 EDT

An asteroid mining concept could quickly deliver satellites to high orbit on the cheap.

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RIP, Schiaparelli: European Mars Lander's Crash Site Seen By NASA Probe

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:56:00 EDT

Europe's ExoMars lander apparently crashed on the Red Planet, and an orbiting NASA spacecraft has spotted its grave, European Space Agency (ESA) officials said.

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ExoMars '96 Percent' Successful Despite Lander Crash: ESA

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:33:00 EDT

The ExoMars 2016 mission gets a solid "A" thus far despite the failure of its Schiaparelli lander to touch down softly on the Red Planet as planned, European Space Agency (ESA) officials said.

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