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William Shatner gets “Vulcan” name option added for Pluto’s moons

William Shatner gets “Vulcan” name option added for Pluto’s moons

Earlier this week, the scientists responsible for discovering the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto turned to the Internet for names, allowing the public to vote on one of a dozen options, including such titles as Heracles, Erebus, Cerberus, and Persephone. Thanks to the urging of William Shatner, who is perhaps most known for his roll in Star Trek, a thirteen option has been added to the ballot: Vulcan.

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Scientists want help naming Pluto’s newly-discovered moons

Scientists want help naming Pluto’s newly-discovered moons

Ever since scientists determined Pluto as no longer an official planet in our solar system, we frankly started to forget about the tiny rock floating around outside of our solar system. However, scientists are making the dwarf planet relevant again, and they now need our help to name Pluto's fourth and fifth moons, which were just recently-discovered.

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ESA proposes 3D-printed buildings on the Moon

ESA proposes 3D-printed buildings on the Moon

The European Space Agency and London-based architecture firm Foster are exploring the possibility of constructing buildings on the Moon that are 3D printed using lunar soil and inflatable domes. While the soil itself wouldn't be durable enough to be used in structures, scientists have mixed simulated lunar soil with magnesium oxide to produce a more robust solution.

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Looking back at NASA’s lunar rovers 40 years later

Looking back at NASA’s lunar rovers 40 years later

This December most people are likely focused more on Christmas and family than anything else. The holiday season makes it easy to forget that this month marks 40 years since man has been to the moon. Marking 40 years since man has been on the moon also means it has been 40 years since astronauts sat in the driver seat of NASA's lunar rovers that carted astronauts around the surface of the moon.

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Why NASA wants the next Moon landing to crash (but not burn)

Why NASA wants the next Moon landing to crash (but not burn)

Tonight NASA will be pushing twin lunar-orbiting spacecraft down towards our moon in order to crash them out with one final mission after nearly a full Earth-year's work. This final mission will have Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission probes "Ebb" and "Flow" rammed purposefully into an unnamed moon mountain using up the remaining fuel reserves on both units. This final mission will help NASA engineers validate models outlining fuel consumption so as to improve future mission fuel needs.

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NASA to deliberately crash probes into the moon

NASA to deliberately crash probes into the moon

NASA has announced that it's set to deliberately crash two "tiny" probes into the Moon's surface on Monday the 17th. These two particular probes named Ebb and Flow are small, and have been orbiting the moon for months while gathering data. Of course, small is relative: the probes are about the size of your dishwasher or washing machine.

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Hubble Space Telescope spots fifth moon orbiting Pluto

Hubble Space Telescope spots fifth moon orbiting Pluto

Pluto may no longer be able to roll with the big boys, but that isn't stopping NASA scientists from continuing to take an interest in it. As it turns out, the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a fifth moon orbiting the solar system's second-most-massive dwarf planet. P5, as it's being called, is an irregularly shaped moon that's 6 to 15 miles across and whips around Pluto in a 56,000-mile-diameter circular orbit.

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“Ring of Fire” eclipse due on Sunday

“Ring of Fire” eclipse due on Sunday

You’ll be waiting a long time until the next total solar eclipse across the United States, but several states in the west will be able to view an annular solar eclipse on Sunday May 20th. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon and sun are directly in line, but the size of the moon appears smaller, resulting in a “ring of fire” in the sky. Around 6.6 million Americans will be able to witness the annular eclipse on Sunday.

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