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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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NASA uses EPIC to study clouds and Saharan dust

NASA uses EPIC to study clouds and Saharan dust

EPIC stands for Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera and is one of the instruments that is affixed to the NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory known as DSCOVR that sits about a million miles from Earth. EPIC is giving scientists on Earth a new way to view clouds, land, aerosols, and other items in our atmosphere.

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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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NASA shows Pluto’s space weather and close-ups

NASA shows Pluto’s space weather and close-ups

NASA reveals a new collection of Pluto flyby photos and a gorgeous video showing space weather around the dwarf planet. Releases of this sort have been numerous over the past several months as NASA passed by Pluto back in July. Indeed since the moment the New Horizons mission passed closest to the dwarf planet, the public has been asking: where are the photos? Of course NASA has been releasing photos several times a week since then - and now come the close-ups.

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SpaceX to launch next Falcon 9 rocket this month

SpaceX to launch next Falcon 9 rocket this month

It's been a few months now since Elon Musk's SpaceX has conducted one of its rocket launches, but that hiatus may finally be coming to an end. Musk revealed on Twitter today that they were planning to conduct another launch of their Falcon 9 rocket later this month, about three days after a static fire at Cape Canaveral on December 16th.

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NASA boosts 4K desires with NASA TV UHD

NASA boosts 4K desires with NASA TV UHD

Each time a new TV technology comes to market we end up with a chicken or the egg situation. Consumers don’t want to purchase 4K UHD TVs because there isn't much in the way of content to watch on them. Since consumers aren't buying many UHD TVs, content creators aren't keen on making content to support the resolution. NASA is stepping up to the plate and giving science and space fans a great reason to buy 4K.

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ISS receives cargo ship with 4 tons of food and supplies

ISS receives cargo ship with 4 tons of food and supplies

Things have gotten sparse on the International Space Station due to recent failed cargo launches. A couple days ago, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft launched with a payload destined for the ISS and, thankfully, did so without any issues. Now it has been announced the cargo ship was successfully docked at the space station.

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Ceres’ bright mystery spots are (probably) salt

Ceres’ bright mystery spots are (probably) salt

Earlier this year, NASA teased us with a mystery: very bright spots on the otherwise seemingly dim planet Ceres. Every month or so, NASA would publish a new image taken as its Dawn spacecraft grew closer. Soon, the mystery spot was clearly shown as two mystery spots, and not too long after that those two spots turned out to be many more smaller spots. All sorts of theories, official and unofficial, surfaced. Now NASA has an answer.

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You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

You’re going to Mars, I went to NASA

I woke up at 5:30 AM after a string of nightmares about being left alone on a dusty red planet. Like a fool I'd eaten a gigantic piece of chocolate cake the night before while watching a set of tiny teaser clips of "The Martian" to mentally prepare for the next day, which was then, now, today. "It's OK," I told myself. "Stay calm. You're in Houston. You're on East NASA Parkway in the same hotel you'd checked in to the day before. Today you're going to go on a brief ride in a Mars rover and talk to an astronaut."

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New Orbital ATK Cygnus launched to bring science equipment to ISS

New Orbital ATK Cygnus launched to bring science equipment to ISS

Recent rocket launches like that of the Super Strypi in Hawaii have been met with accidents and failure, leading to the lost of valuable, not to mention expensive, equipment. So when Orbital ATK's enhanced Cygnus rocket launches successfully, carrying 7,000 lbs worth of scientific tools and machines, NASA and Orbital definitely have reason to rejoice. The rocket is headed to the ISS to deliver its scientific payload, along with other interesting gadgets, and hang around for a month before plummeting to its death back to Earth.

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New Horizons images shows off Pluto’s mountains

New Horizons images shows off Pluto’s mountains

Last summer the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest pass by the dwarf planet Pluto. The spacecraft is still sending back data and images and the latest images to be released by NASA are now available. These images show part of a sequence of images that were snapped near the probe's closest approach to Pluto and have resolution of 250-280 feet.

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