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Category: Space

Comet ISON Could Outshine the Moon – If It Survives the Sun

Comet ISON Could Outshine the Moon – If It Survives the Sun
Next year could be a very good year for watching comets. A comet was discovered this past September that is expected to fly within 1.2 million miles of the center of the Sun on November 28,…
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Gingerbread Mars Rover: Candy Curiosity

Gingerbread Mars Rover: Candy Curiosity
I think we just made a huge discovery. Mars is made out of candy. It’s also apparently in a parallel universe where it is flat and in someone’s house, next to their stairs.…
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Sutter’s Mill Meteorite Broke the Atmospheric Entry Speed Record

Sutter’s Mill Meteorite Broke the Atmospheric Entry Speed Record
You might remember back in May of this year I mentioned a meteorite that had entered the atmosphere over Northern California and caused a fireball during the day. Researchers were quick to bring in a giant…
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NASA Z-1 Spacesuit Testing Completed: To Infinity and Beyond!

NASA Z-1 Spacesuit Testing Completed: To Infinity and Beyond!
If you are a space geek, you might remember last summer when we mentioned that NASA was testing out a prototype spacesuit that looked a lot like Buzz Lightyear’s outfit. The spacesuit has a large dome,…
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NASA Successfully Crashes Twin GRAIL Spacecraft into the Moon

NASA Successfully Crashes Twin GRAIL Spacecraft into the Moon
A couple days ago, I mentioned that NASA was planning to crash its Twin GRAIL spacecraft into the surface of the moon. What we didn’t know at the time that NASA was going to dub the…
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Giant Asteroid Could Destroy the Earth in the Distant Future

Giant Asteroid Could Destroy the Earth in the Distant Future
Unless you follow these things, you probably didn’t know that a gigantic asteroid passed by the Earth over this past week. This time around, the gigantic asteroid, known as 4179 Toutatis, was about 4.3 million miles…
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NASA Plans to Crash Spacecraft onto the Surface of the Moon

NASA Plans to Crash Spacecraft onto the Surface of the Moon
NASA has had twin spacecraft orbiting the moon for a long time called the GRAIL mission probes. GRAIL stands for Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory. The twin spacecraft are called Ebb and Flow. The two spacecraft…
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Air Force to Launch X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Today

Air Force to Launch X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Today
The United States Air Force has flown its experimental X-37B orbital test vehicle on several occasions. What exactly the spacecraft did while it was in orbit is unknown. What we do know is that in June…
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Breakthrough Engines Could Allow Travel from Britain to Australia in Just over Four Hours

Breakthrough Engines Could Allow Travel from Britain to Australia in Just over Four Hours
A group of British researchers at a company called Reaction Engines has announced new aircraft technology that could make air travel much faster. The researchers have created what they describe as “the biggest breakthrough in propulsion…
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LED Astronaut Helmet: It’s Spaaaace Magic!

LED Astronaut Helmet: It’s Spaaaace Magic!
While most of us will never get the chance to travel to far-off planets in a spaceship, that doesn’t mean we can’t fantasize about space travel right here on planet Earth. If you’ve always wanted to…
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Long Distance Remote Control: Astronaut Plays with LEGO Robot from Space

Long Distance Remote Control: Astronaut Plays with LEGO Robot from Space
Space exploration. We like to pretend it is about all kinds of noble things having to do with mankind’s place in the universe, blah blah blah. We all know it is really about all the cool…
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Mars Attacks! Christmas Ornament: Just Don’t Yodel Near It

Mars Attacks! Christmas Ornament: Just Don’t Yodel Near It
My favorite part of Tim Burton’s cult classic Mars Attacks! (besides every scene with Jack Nicholson in it) is the part where grandma’s Indian Love Call yodeling record is discovered to be the Achilles’ heel of…
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Watch Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Journey Captured on Time-Lapse Video

Watch Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Journey Captured on Time-Lapse Video
I’m still rather disappointed that NASA retired their Space Shuttle fleet leaving America to hitch a ride aboard foreign spacecraft to get in orbit. If you’re a fan of the Space Shuttle, you probably been following…
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Red Bull Stratos Launch, Live!

Red Bull Stratos Launch, Live!
After numerous false starts due to weather and other technical challenges, daredevil Felix Baumgartner successfully launched on his expedition to 120,000 feet this morning. The capsule took off at approximately 9:30am Mountain Daylight Time, and is…
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Newly Discovered “Super-Earth” is a Really a Diamond in the Sky

Newly Discovered “Super-Earth” is a Really a Diamond in the Sky
Scientists have discovered a planet orbiting a sun-like star called 55 Cancri. The planet is known as 55 Cancri e and is a so-called “super-Earth”. 55 Cancri e is 40 light years from the Earth and…
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X1 Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Astronauts Exercise and Could Benefit Paraplegics on Earth

X1 Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Astronauts Exercise and Could Benefit Paraplegics on Earth
A lot of the technology we enjoy here on Earth started out as tech created for the space program. NASA has a very cool robot working on the International Space Station right now called Robonaut 2.…
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