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Scott Kelly is back on earth, let the science continue! [UPDATE]

Scott Kelly is back on earth, let the science continue! [UPDATE]

2015 and 2016 will probably be remembered as some of the best years for space science, exploration, and travel in a long time. We've witnessed the historic encounter between the New Horizons spacecraft and Pluto. We've witnessed the historic successful landings of orbital and sub-orbital rockets. And today we're witnessing the return to Earth of astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko from the International Space Station, marking not just the longest mission for the ISS but also the acquisition of a potential treasure trove of scientific and medical data in the person of the astronauts.

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NASA’s next X-plane supersonic passenger jet to be quieter

NASA’s next X-plane supersonic passenger jet to be quieter

Short of finally inventing teleportation systems, plane travel is still the fastest way to travel extremely long distances. However, it still has yet to reach its full potential. Supersonic planes were still in their infancy when the government pulled the plug because of their uncomfortable effects on people on land, the phenomenon more popularly known as Sonic Boom. That was more than half a century ago. NASA thinks that science and technology may have caught up enough to get the ball rolling again to build the world's next supersonic passenger jet, for now nicknamed the X-plane.

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NASA’s latest Pluto photo reveals frozen canyons

NASA’s latest Pluto photo reveals frozen canyons

It's been some time now since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft completed its flyby of dwarf planet Pluto, but the project is still producing amazing insights and images. Following recent photos of mountainous regions and a potential ice volcano, NASA has now published an image of the North Pole region, revealing a pockmarked topography full of frozen canyons and valleys. To get a better understanding of just how large and deep all these pits are, the widest area of the planet seen in this photo measures 21,000 miles across.

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NASA boasts record number of astronaut applications

NASA boasts record number of astronaut applications

NASA says it has received a record number of astronaut training applications, with more than 18,300 people submitting their bid to become one of the nation’s next space travelers. In comparison, only 8,000 applications were received back in 1978. The number further dwindled to 6,300 in 2012. NASA had opened to new applications last month, and just recently stopped accepting them on February 18, tallying up the numbers before the long process of picking out finalists.

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Tweet NASA your artwork and they’ll send it to an asteroid

Tweet NASA your artwork and they’ll send it to an asteroid

If you've ever thought of your artwork floating among the star, NASA has the opportunity for you. The space agency has launched a campaign dubbed "We The Explorers," where their OSIRIS-REx will be traveling to the asteroid Bennu and back, carrying art from anyone sent in via Twitter. It's basically a public time capsule that's being sent into space and deposited on an asteroid, where it will remain for all time.

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NASA WFIRST mission to offer a view 100 times bigger than Hubble

NASA WFIRST mission to offer a view 100 times bigger than Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit for years now and has made some major discoveries during its life. Hubble is set to be replaced by the James Webb Space Telescope and NASA is looking past the James Webb to the more distant future. NASA is set to kick off a new mission called the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope or WFIRST. WFIRST will take a much larger view of the universe than Hubble was capable of; NASA says that WFIRST will have a view 100 times as large as Hubble. According to NASA the wider view will help scientists to unravel mysteries of dark energy, dark matter, and to explore the cosmos.

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January 2016 holds new ‘warmest month’ record

January 2016 holds new ‘warmest month’ record

To absolutely no one's surprise, this past January is now the hottest of its kind on record, smashing the last hottest month record in what is a longstanding and unfortunate environmental trend. The record, which has been confirmed by NASA, hints that 2016 may end up smashing 2015’s own record (it is the warmest year ever recorded). For its part, January 2016 was more than 2F degrees hotter than average.

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Oros winter gear uses NASA tech to block frigid temps

Oros winter gear uses NASA tech to block frigid temps

Oros has introduced a new winter jacket (and related performance gear) designed using NASA tech to shield wearers from the cold. The company, formerly known as Lukla, previously launched an insulated jacker that featured aerogel as an insulator. This time around, the team has launched a full line of products that, while featuring aerogel as well, are lighter and thinner than in the past, keeping winter adventurers warm without weighing them down.

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ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

If you've ever wanted to participate in a live, Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)-like session with an astronaut in space, your chance is RIGHT NOW. All you have to do is head on over to Tumblr, where NASA astronaut, and current commander of the International Space Station, Scott Kelly is answering questions from space. He's participating in an "Answer Time" session, or Tumblr's take on the AMA, where readers can ask any question they like, with the chance Kelly will respond.

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We’ve given up on comet-hopping Philae

We’ve given up on comet-hopping Philae

It was one of the most ambitious space exploration missions ever: send a probe more than 300 million miles across the solar system to land on a moving comet. That Rosetta, and the Philae lander the spaceship carried, ever made it to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko was halfway to a miracle, but now the European Space Agency is calling time on ever hearing from the plucky probe again.

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NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

A scheduled cargo run to the International Space Station has been delayed, NASA announced yesterday, due to packing bags that have developed black mold. The bags are used to pack food, clothes, and other supplies being sent the ISS, and they’re made of fabric. Of them, two were found to have black mold present, and more possibly could be affected. The black mold's cause has not been determined at this point, but the space agency is looking into the matter.

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Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Today scientists have announced the confirmed existence of gravitational waves, providing proof for one of Albert Einstein's most elusive predictions. These gravitational waves open a door to new scientific discoveries innumerable, showing ripples in the fabric of space and time in a way previously thought impossible. Ironically - sort of - this year also marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's publication of his prediction of the existence of these gravitational waves, all the way back in 1915.

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