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SpaceX’s rescheduled rocket launch will be held this afternoon

SpaceX’s rescheduled rocket launch will be held this afternoon

SpaceX continues to make progress on launching its rockets and attempting to land them on a floating platform at sea. The Elon Musk-founded company was supposed to conduct its second launch of the year this last week in order to send a SES telecommunications satellite into orbit, however it was delayed two times. The second attempt, was to take place on Thursday, but was called off just minutes before the launch time. Now SpaceX and SES have confirmed a new attempt, taking place later this afternoon.

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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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SpaceX cancels yet again its second launch mission

SpaceX cancels yet again its second launch mission

Elon Musk and Space X might dream of space travel that is as common as a plane flight, but we are far, far away from that future if this week's aborted launch attempts are any indication. Imagine if you had your flight canceled twice, the last one just minutes before take off. That, unfortunately, is the reality of SpaceX latest launch mission, which has now twice been canceled, first due to inclement weather and now due to technical difficulties, the latter just 2 minutes before launch.

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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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Mars Express images reveal past Red Planet flooding

Mars Express images reveal past Red Planet flooding

The European Space Agency has published images of a Mars region showing marks left by water in the Red Planet’s distant past. According to the ESA, water has left “a variety” of marks on Mars, parts of which have been captured as part of the agency’s Mars Express mission. A large impact basin is shown in the newly published images, as well as thin grooves that had been cut by flowing water long ago.

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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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Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShip Two, the VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShip Two, the VSS Unity

It's been some time in the making, but Virgin Galactic, the commercial space flight division of Sir Richard Branson's company, has officially taken the wraps off the new SpaceShip Two. As the first new craft from Virgin Galactic since the tragic crash during a 2014 test flight, killing one of two crew members, the ship will bear the name VSS Unity, which was given by none other than Stephen Hawking.

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Russia plans to use modified missiles to shoot asteroids

Russia plans to use modified missiles to shoot asteroids

The danger of large asteroids colliding with Earth is always a concern for space agencies around the world, and there are a number of plans on how to prevent this from happening. Russia, however, seems to have plans that involve a more direct approach: blowing up any approaching meteorites using intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Apparently this is the country's strategy for revenge for the 2013 meteor that exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk, injuring over 1,000 people.

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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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Hubble studies atmosphere of distant and hot Super Earth

Hubble studies atmosphere of distant and hot Super Earth

Scientists have analyzed the atmosphere of a super Earth planet for the first time using the Hubble Space Telescope. The planet that Hubble has been studying is called 55 Cancri e and it orbits very close to its parent star. That close orbit gives the planet surface temperatures of up to 3,600F and eliminates the chance of life on the planet.

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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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3 things Rosetta and Philae taught us about comets

3 things Rosetta and Philae taught us about comets

As we bid farewell to the comet lander Philae for the last time, we look back and remember three important things we learned from the ESA's monumental mission. Several firsts were achieved by this lander sent to a comet by the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. One: this was the first time that a craft such as this was successfully landed on a comet - not only that, but the first time such a lander was able to send back data on a comet from its surface, too!

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