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The Best Livestreams for Watching the 2017 Total Eclipse

There’s a total solar eclipse happening on August 21, 2017, and for the first time in nearly a hundred years, the Moon’s unabashed Sun-blocking power will be visible from much of the continental U.S. (though certain locations will of course have a better vantage point than others). Warning: don’t look directly at it…Read more… Continue […]

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Soon Astronauts Will Be Able to Bake Bread in Space

Eating bread in space is a surprisingly dangerous undertaking: the free-floating crumbs could cause someone to choke, lodge themselves in someone’s eye, or worst of all, cause a fire if it gets into the electrical panel. That’s why most astronauts have to eat the less appealing alternative—the tortilla.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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This Is The NASA Part Mike Pence Touched That He Wasn’t Supposed To

Yesterday, the big joke involved a picture of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, full-palm touching an Orion spacecraft part that was clearly labeled “DO NOT TOUCH.” It’s a hilarious image, but what exactly is that untouchable thing, and what does it mean that Pence pawed it? I am here with…Read […]

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Uranus Might Finally Get a Visitor After All These Years

Uranus is the loneliest thing in the solar system. It hasn’t had contact with anyone in over 30 years, since NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft whizzed by it on January 24th, 1986. Thankfully, some good folks at NASA and elsewhere are advocating for missions to Uranus and its Ice Giant companion, Neptune, which could take…Read more… […]

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This Is One of the Coolest Shots of the Mars Curiosity Rover We’ve Ever Seen

See that faint, blue dot in the middle of this NASA image? That’s the Curiosity rover making its way up the rocky slopes of Mount Sharp. The robotic lander, now approaching its fifth year of operation, has never looked so lonely. Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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An Imaginative Aerospace Engineer Turned This Classic Lego Space Shuttle Into a Flying Toy

As a follow-up to turning the classic Lego Solo Trainer set into a fully-functional RC plane, aerospace engineer Adam Woodworth is back with an even more impressive build: he somehow made this tiny 27-year-old Lego Space Shuttle actually fly.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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This Beautiful Short Film Recreates the Moon Landing Using Thousands of NASA Photos

There’s no shortage of archival film footage of the moon landing—arguably one of humanity’s greatest achievements. But graphic designer Christian Stangl didn’t use any of it to create this short film. Instead, Lunar was created by animating thousands of still photos taken from NASA’s Apollo archives.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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NASA Can’t Wait To Plunge Itself Straight Into The Sun

Today, NASA reminded the world it will soon be performing the ultimate act of wish fulfillment on behalf of all humanity: in summer 2018, the space agency plans to launch a probe right into the Sun’s atmosphere. While the mission will sadly not be crewed, the 10-foot high Solar Probe Plus, now officially the Parker…Read […]

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This Look at Jupiter’s Rings From the Inside Is Breathtaking

Juno’s first major information dump revealed some incredible insights into our big ol’ friend, Jupiter. A few close approaches from the NASA spacecraft show that the gas giant has extremely chaotic storms and can generate aurorae in ways Earth can’t, among other oddities. In short, Jupiter is the wild west of the…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Survived an Impact With a Tiny Meteor

Three years ago, a camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was struck by a tiny meteoroid as it was capturing an image of the lunar surface. By studying the resulting zigzag patterns, scientists have been able to estimate the speed and size of the offending object.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Survived an Impact With a Tiny Meteor

Three years ago, a camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was struck by a tiny meteoroid as it was capturing an image of the lunar surface. By studying the resulting zigzag patterns, scientists have been able to estimate the speed and size of the offending object.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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We Chatted With the World’s Coolest Astronaut About Inspiring Kids and Sending Dogs to Space

Leland Melvin is a unicorn of a human being. He’s been drafted to the NFL, flown in the final frontier (twice), and now, written a book called Chasing Space. On the internet, the former NASA astronaut is best known for this unforgettable photo with his two dogs, Jake and Scout, who grace the cover of […]

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I’m Afraid to Ask The Internet to Name This New Moon

Good news! Three space telescopes, including Hubble, have combined their celestial powers to spot a moon orbiting a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt —the region beyond Neptune where Pluto and countless other icy bodies live. According to NASA, the dwarf planet’s moon has lots to teach scientists about how moons formed…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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