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08/18/2017 03:44 AM
NASA’s Tracking Data Relay Satellite-M Vital for Science Relay Poised for Liftoff Aug. 18 – Watch Live

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - The last of NASA’s next generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TRDS) that looks like a giant alien fish or cocooned creature but actually plays an absolutely vital role in relaying critical science measurements, research data and tracking observations gathered by the International Space Station (ISS), Hubble and a plethora of Earth science missions is poised for blastoff Friday, Aug. 18, morning from the Florida Space Coast.

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08/17/2017 10:00 PM
NASA Plans to Send CubeSat To Venus to Unlock Atmospheric Mystery

As part of its Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies program, NASA has selected a CubeSat mission to study Venus' atmosphere.

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08/17/2017 07:10 PM
Gravitational Lensing Provides Rare Glimpse Into Interiors of Black Holes

An international team of scientists relied on a new kind of gravitational lensing to conduct a detailed study of a distant supermassive black hole.

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08/17/2017 05:24 PM
Prelude to Totality: A Final Look at the Total Solar Eclipse

It's hard to believe: we're now just one short weekend away from the big ticket astronomical event for 2017, as a total solar eclipse is set to cross over the contiguous United States on Monday, August 21st.

Celestial mechanics is a sure thing in this Universe, a certainty along with death and taxes that you can bet on. There are a few key question marks come eclipse day, however, something that we can only speak with a few intelligent assumptions out 72 hours out.

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08/17/2017 05:13 PM
Can Astronauts See Stars From the Space Station?

I’ve often been asked the question, “Can the astronauts on the Space Station see the stars?” Astronaut Jack Fischer provides an unequivocal answer of “yes!” with a recent post on Twitter of a timelapse he took from the ISS. Fischer captured the arc of the Milky Way in all its glory, saying it “paints the […]

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08/17/2017 05:01 AM
Station Crew Grapples SpaceX Dragon Delivering Tons of Science After Thunderous Liftoff: Launch & Landing Gallery

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Following a two day orbital chase and ballet of carefully choreographed thruster firings, the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule launched at lunchtime on Monday Aug. 14 with tons of science and supplies arrived in the vicinity of the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, Wednesday, Aug 16.

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08/16/2017 09:20 PM
The Most Distant Massive Galaxy Observed to Date Provides Insight into the Early Universe

A team of international astronomers have just observed the most distant massive galaxy to date, providing clues to galaxy formation and cosmic evolution

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08/16/2017 07:40 PM
Carnival of Space #522

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #522 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry […]

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08/15/2017 08:19 PM
Potentially Habitable, Tidally-Locked Exoplanets May be Very Common, say New Study

A new study from the University of Washington indicates that tidally-locked planets may be quite common, a finding which has implications for exoplanet habitability

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08/15/2017 05:56 AM
Stunning SpaceX Space Station Cargo Blastoff and Cape Landing Kicks Off Sunshine State Liftoff Trio

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Todays (Aug. 14) stunning SpaceX Space Station cargo delivery blastoff to the International Space Station (ISS) and flawless first stage landing from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the Sunshine State kicked off a rapid fire sequence of liftoffs planned for mid August.

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