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NASA granted $55m for deep-space habitation project

NASA granted $55m for deep-space habitation project

NASA will develop a habitation module using funds granted through a spending bill recently passed by Congress. This habitation module will be tasked with helping the space agency in its deep space exploration ambitions, though details on how exactly NASA will utilize the funds isn’t clear at this point. The space agency will spend $55 million or more on developing the habitation module, and will need to have a prototype finished by 2018.

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NASA finds all 26 letters of the alphabet from space

NASA finds all 26 letters of the alphabet from space

Some of the people who work at NASA spend their time pouring over the gobs of images that come into the space agency from various satellites, astronauts on the ISS, and telescopes around the world. Many of the images are of Earth seen from space and one NASA worker decided to see if he could find all 26 letters of the English alphabet in these images.

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Astronaut posts picture of wilted flowers on ISS

Astronaut posts picture of wilted flowers on ISS

If you follow astronaut Scott Kelly on Instagram, you probably saw the image he posted recently of some wilted flowers with the caption, “Our plants aren’t looking too good.” Those are, of course, the flowers NASA’s crew turned their attention to after successfully growing lettuce in space. Despite the impression given by Kelly's photo, though, the flower-growing experiment wasn't at all a failure.

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NASA’s closest-yet Ceres image zeroes in on Gerber Catena

NASA’s closest-yet Ceres image zeroes in on Gerber Catena

Ceres, the dwarf planet home to no-longer-mysterious bright spots, has been revealed up close and personal in Dawn spacecraft’s newest photographs. The spacecraft is now in its final and lowest orbit around the planet, snapping close-up images of Ceres’ rocky, pocked surface. NASA published the images today, and included among them is a red-blue image for those with old school 3D glasses.

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NASA delays mission to Mars

NASA delays mission to Mars

NASA is planning on heading to Mars, though with far less Matt Damon than we'd all like. The next mission to the red planet is slated to study seismic tremors, in hopes to learn more about its interior. Unfortunately, those plans are being put on hold for an unknown amount of time.

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NASA researchers work towards completely 3D printed rocket engine

NASA researchers work towards completely 3D printed rocket engine

NASA has been spending considerable time and effort into developing a 3D printing methodology that will allow it to build complex rocket engine parts using 3D printers. NASA was able to create a 3D printed copper rocket engine part that functioned correctly in April 2015. The scientists then followed that copper creation up with a 3D printed turbopump that spins at 90,000 RPM.

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NASA’s slightly better deal with Congress in 2015

NASA’s slightly better deal with Congress in 2015

This year NASA is getting about 1.23 billion dollars more from the US government than they did last year, which is good. It's not fantastic, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. This comes as news in the release of the 2016 omnibus spending bill, which gives NASA more money than the white house requested earlier this year.

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NASA Moon Rover ride-along

NASA Moon Rover ride-along

Earlier this month we were invited to the Johnson Space Center by NASA and Fox Home Entertainment, and there we were taken on a ride in the Mars rover. The rover isn't actually called "Mars rover" by its creators - its official name is "Space Exploration Vehicle" because of its intended purpose: any ol' planet will do. So will an asteroid. We're going to the moon, to Mars, and even (possibly) to an asteroid as it hurtles through space. As such, this is the vehicle astronauts will be riding in once they land. Much like The Martian.

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The Force Awakens will be screened on the ISS

The Force Awakens will be screened on the ISS

If you're an astronaut, there's a good chance that you grew up watching sci-fi movies. You probably dreamed of soaring through the stars on the bridge of the Enterprise, or in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. So what happens when you actually shoot off into space two days before the next Star Wars movie comes out?

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NASA seeking applicants for its grueling astronaut candidate program

NASA seeking applicants for its grueling astronaut candidate program

In early November, NASA announced that it would start accepting new astronaut applications in mid-December. Right on schedule, the space agency has opened to receiving such applications, doing so in search for an “Astronaut Candidate.” A bunch of requirements are in place for prospective astronauts, not the least of which is citizenship in the United States (including those with a dual citizenship). Those selected will spend two years undergoing intense training.

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Christmas will have full moon for first time since 1977

Christmas will have full moon for first time since 1977

This Christmas will bring a fairly rare celestial event, one that some will only see once in their lifetime: a holiday full moon. According to NASA, this will be the first full moon on Christmas since 1977, and the last one to happen until 2034. This particular event comes with a couple benefits, too: the weather has been unseasonably warm in many places thanks to a strong El Nino, and the moon’s peak size will happen at 6:11AM EST, so you won’t have to get up too early to see it.

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Hubble reveals “hot 10” Jupiter-like planets

Hubble reveals “hot 10” Jupiter-like planets

Bot the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope have been used to study a collection of 10 planets. Each of these planets is Jupiter-like. They look similar, but come in a wide array of different colors. Gasses are present, and heat - lots and lots of heat. Each orbits very close to its host star, making their study far more difficult than the average non-gas planet. The image you're seeing here is an artist's rendering of the hot 10 - in reality we're only able to see them in very, very tiny dots.

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