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NASA Selects 9 Crucial Science Instruments for Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa

Jupiter’s moon Europa has excited the space community with its bizarre icy surface and thick frozen crust. NASA’s Galileo mission in the late 1990’s provided strong evidence that a large ocean exists under its surface. 702 more words

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Space Geeking Out: Getting Jazzed for New Horizons & Pluto

This morning’s spacey geeky goodness: New Horizons​!

Did you know the first ever mission to Pluto will arrive there THIS SUMMER?! Nasa’s New Horizons mission is going to send back pictures and data like we’ve never had before on the fascinating little icy dwarf planet and its 5 moons. 190 more words

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SpaceX has broken the monopoly on US national security launches

The US Air Force announced today that it certified SpaceX to launch national security payloads, from spy satellites to mystery drones, ending the monopoly held by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA). 354 more words

Happy Birthday Sally Ride! First American Woman in #Space

The google doodle today celebrates the 64th birthday of American astronaut and physicist, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.  From wikipedia: 136 more words

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Closest look at Ceres' spots yet

There seem to be more than five spots now.  They’re clearly reflecting sunlight, and so are probably ice or something similarly reflective against the dark background of Ceres itself.   21 more words

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42 years ago today: our first space station crew

42 years ago today, on May 25, 1973, the first Saturn 1B to launch from LC39 lifted off.  To adapt it to the structures built for the larger Saturn V rocket, the Saturn 1B stood atop a framework nicknamed the “milkstool”.   70 more words

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Dragon's-Eye View of SpaceX Pad Abort Test

SpaceX has just released this awesome video cut together from two cameras on the sides of the Dragon spacecraft prototype.  It cuts out just before the vehicle gets dunked, but it’s still pretty cool.   31 more words

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