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Category: Space

SpaceX Rocket Finally Takes off (with Scotty’s Ashes Onboard)

SpaceX Rocket Finally Takes off (with Scotty’s Ashes Onboard)

After another delay, SpaceX finally got off the ground today with its Falcon 9 rocket lifting off early this morning and making it into orbit safely. The main mission for SpaceX is to demonstrate its Dragon…

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SpaceX Prepared to Make History on May 19

SpaceX Prepared to Make History on May 19

After multiple delays, SpaceX is set to hit a major milestone this Saturday, May 19. Saturday is the day set for the launch of the first privately funded cargo mission to the International Space Station. With…

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DARPA SeeMe Lets Soldiers Launch Their Own Personal Satellites

DARPA SeeMe Lets Soldiers Launch Their Own Personal Satellites

Launching a satellite can cost millions of dollars – not counting the millions of dollars your average satellite costs to build. The military and various governmental organizations have satellites in orbit that are able to peer…

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Sky-Watching Geeks are in for a Treat This Weekend with a Supermoon

Sky-Watching Geeks are in for a Treat This Weekend with a Supermoon

We don’t talk about too much space stuff around here, but something is going to happen this week that is rare and is definitely worth a mention. The moon will be much closer to Earth than…

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Company Wants to Mine Asteroids: Hopefully the Reapers Won’t Detect Us

Company Wants to Mine Asteroids: Hopefully the Reapers Won’t Detect Us

A company called Planetary Resources has made itself known, stating that they want to mine asteroids for natural resources. This of course raises a few questions: how exactly will they accomplish this task? What are the…

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Did NASA Photograph a UFO near the Sun?

Did NASA Photograph a UFO near the Sun?

Earlier this year a photograph was circulated online that was taken by NASA that some thought showed a UFO. The photograph was later disproven and artifacts caused by reflected light from Venus. A similar photograph has…

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NASA To Use GPS System for Earthquake Monitoring

NASA To Use GPS System for Earthquake Monitoring

NASA has announced a plan to find earthquakes and respond more quickly to them using GPS satellites in orbit. Generally, earthquake detection is done by seismological hardware on the ground, but according NASA – that data…

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SAR-400 Robot is Russia’s Answer to NASA’s Robonaut 2

SAR-400 Robot is Russia’s Answer to NASA’s Robonaut 2

NASA and General Motors teamed up a while back to create a humanoid robot called Robonaut 2 or R2. R2 is now on the International Space Station where it will be used to conduct repairs and…

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Space Shuttle Discovery Lands in Washington After its Final Flight

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands in Washington After its Final Flight

The retired space shuttle Discovery took its final flight atop the back of the modified Boeing 747 that has moved to the shuttle between locations over the decades. NASA loaded Discovery on the back of the…

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Photographic Moon Globe is out of This World

Photographic Moon Globe is out of This World

For just under $100, you can get the “first entirely new globe of the Moon’s surface in over 40 years.” Ironically, it looks a bit like the Death Star. It’s perfect for the desk of any…

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Ardbeg’s ISS Whiskey Experiments: Boooze in Spaaace!

Ardbeg’s ISS Whiskey Experiments: Boooze in Spaaace!

Automated cargo vessels head to the ISS regularly to take astronauts new supplies and pick up trash. At times, these cargo ships also return experiments back to Earth. Leave it to the Scottish to send an…

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Train To Be an Astronaut with the ESA’s Actual Training Materials

Train To Be an Astronaut with the ESA’s Actual Training Materials

A while back, NASA opened up its astronaut program to normal people that didn’t have a military background. Naturally, a bunch of geeks that always wanted to be astronauts applied even though they’ll never get the…

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Canon Unveils EOS 60Da DSLR Specifically for Astronomers

Canon Unveils EOS 60Da DSLR Specifically for Astronomers

Canon has unveiled a new DSLR camera that is designed specifically to allow astronomers to take better pictures. The camera has a modified infrared filter and low noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity. What that means…

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NASA Captures Gigantic Solar Tornado on Video

NASA Captures Gigantic Solar Tornado on Video

NASA always has an eye on the Sun and other parts of the solar system just in case something cool happens. Turns out that NASA caught a very cool phenomenon back in September of 2011. The…

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Plans to Lift Apollo 11 Engines from Bottom of the Ocean

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Plans to Lift Apollo 11 Engines from Bottom of the Ocean

Of all the things the United States has done in space, the Apollo 11 mission is the most famous and impressive to many. Apollo 11 was the mission that put Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on…

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Debris Forces ISS Crew into Escape Ships

Debris Forces ISS Crew into Escape Ships

There’s suprisingly little empty space left in low Earth orbit these days. This is in part due to the ever-growing number of satellites orbiting the planet. Most of the debris orbiting the planet includes defunct satellites…

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