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Incredible and ominous, Arctic glacier sheds vast iceberg

Incredible and ominous, Arctic glacier sheds vast iceberg

Glacial melt so dramatic it can be seen from space sounds like bad news, but it makes for some incredible images, as the latest Arctic shots prove. Both NASA and the European Space Agency have released the newest camerawork from their satellites tracking climate change, showing vast chunks of ice as they shift and melt off Greenland in July and August.

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This awe-inspiring nebula looks like the Eye of Sauron

This awe-inspiring nebula looks like the Eye of Sauron

NASA has published another astounding image snapped from the universe that surrounds us, and unlike ones that resemble paradise or mythical lands, this one looks like something straight from one of humanity’s most beloved works of literature: the eye of Sauron. It is fiercely red and studded with flashes and specs of light that serve only to further enhance the glaring, direct gaze of a star and the surrounding nebula.

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NASA releases final close-up images of Saturn’s moon Dione

NASA releases final close-up images of Saturn’s moon Dione

NASA's spacecraft Cassini conducted its final close flyby of Saturn's moon Dione earlier this week, and the images have finally reached us here on Earth. NASA has just published some of the new photos, taken from less than 300 miles from the moon's surface, and they reveal some breathtaking views of the surface, seen with the highest resolution ever. The August 17th flyby was the fifth and final close encounter on the Cassini mission. While it's provided the best imagery, it wasn't the closest flyby of Dione ever, which was in 2011 at a distance of only 60 miles.

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NASA will send your name to Mars on a microchip

NASA will send your name to Mars on a microchip

NASA will send your name to Mars on a microchip if you sign up before the midnight deadline on September 8. Upon signing up, users are presented with a futuristic-looking boarding pass including a “frequent flyer number” and other details, such as the launch site location, rocket, arrival site, when the launch is scheduled, and more. This batch of names (as you might know, NASA had done this before) will be shipping out with the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, more commonly called InSight.

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NASA building microsatellites to better track & predict hurricanes

NASA building microsatellites to better track & predict hurricanes

In an effort to prevent a reoccurrence of the Hurricane Katrina disaster from ten years ago, NASA is currently working on project that will see satellites used to observe hurricanes from space, and improve forecasts of their movements. The mission is called CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System), and relies on eight microsatellites — as opposed to one, large satellite — working in a group. Together, they will be the first such crafts to be able to frequently look into the inner core of an active storm.

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Keep calm and carry on: no asteroid coming, says NASA

Keep calm and carry on: no asteroid coming, says NASA

A lot of things go viral on the Internet these days, from cat photos to stupid videos to inspiring stories. Sadly, misinformation is just as easily, or even more easily, spread these days thanks to the wide reach of the Net. The most recent scare play on the fears and imagination surrounding a favorite doomsday scenario in recent years, at least before the zombies came. But NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations Program is reassuring that public that no giant asteroid is coming to destroy a good chunk of the earth any time soon.

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NASA shares the real tech behind Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”

NASA shares the real tech behind Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”

Today NASA is showing the real science behind the film "The Martian". Not just the bits and pieces you'll know already - space travel and all that - but the technology you might not have known exists. NASA has the technology to make MOST of what you'll see in The Martian a reality. All they need is time and funding. And Matt Damon, of course. Can't forget Matt Damon. And Ridley Scott. This all begins with "the Hab", or The Habitat, the place where our hero Watney spends his days in the film.

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Watch Japan launch a rocket with supplies for the International Space Station

Watch Japan launch a rocket with supplies for the International Space Station

Only a few hours ago, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched an unmanned rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station (ISS). The Kounotori-5 departed from the southern tip of Japan on Wednesday night local time, or just before 8:00 AM Eastern. The successful launch comes as good news to all in the space exploration community, as the last few months have seen a number of resupply missions end in failure, including SpaceX's launch of a Falcon 9 rocket in June.

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NASA finally answers lingering lunar question

NASA finally answers lingering lunar question

The big experiments in space might seem like they're happening on Mars or even further afield, but NASA's latest discovery proves there's plenty to learn closer to home. Thanks to the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, we now know that the atmosphere of our own moon contains neon, something suspected all the way back in the days of the Apollo missions, but until now unconfirmed.

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NASA’s Cassini to give Saturn’s moon Dione one last flyby

NASA’s Cassini to give Saturn’s moon Dione one last flyby

NASA will be getting one of its best look to date of Saturn's moon Dione today, as the Cassini spacecraft will be flying within 295 miles of its surface. This will be the fifth and final close flyby that Cassini conducts of the pockmarked Dione before its mission of studying Saturn concludes in 2017. Scientists are hoping the data gathered will tell them if the icy moon is geologically alive and active, similar to Enceladus, another of Saturn's satellites.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes sixth rocket engine test

Aerojet Rocketdyne completes sixth rocket engine test

Aerojet Rocketdyne has announced it successfully finished a complete verification test with its RS-25 rocket engine, which will be powering NASA’s Space Launch System in the future. The full duration was 535 seconds long; the test was performed alongside NASA at its Stennis Space Center. This marks the half-dozen test out of a planned seven-test series. The first test took place back in January. The RS-25 rocket engine was formerly referred to as the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME), and spent decades in service powering the space shuttle, according to Aerojet.

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NASA’s latest contest seeks smartwatch app for astronauts

NASA’s latest contest seeks smartwatch app for astronauts

NASA contests are nothing new -- it has one every so often seeking different things from the public for its various efforts. The space agency has initiated a new one, this time oddly enough through the freelancing website Freelancer, where it is seeking entries related to a smartwatch app for astronauts. According to the contest’s description, NASA has an interest in smartwatch technology, and is planning to use such devices to aid astronauts. Ordinary watch apps won’t do, however, and so it is looking for the creations of the public. The space agency has detailed its requirements, but developers are given freedom around them.

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