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Japan’s cargo ship arrives at ISS: whiskey, mice and more aboard

Japan’s cargo ship arrives at ISS: whiskey, mice and more aboard

After four days, Japan’s cargo ship has safely arrived at the International Space Station. The delivery was made by the H-II Transfer vehicle (HTV-5), and it brings with it, among other things, that whiskey we talked about earlier this month. Says NASA, the delivery was comprised of nearly 9500 lbs of experiments and supplies; it arrived at 6:55AM EDT after having been launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on August 19. The cargo vehicle was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center via the nation’s H-IIB rocket.

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Vast IceCube telescope confirms ghostly Cosmic Neutrinos

Vast IceCube telescope confirms ghostly Cosmic Neutrinos

Ghostly cosmic neutrinos, the spawn of black holes and massive exploding stars, have been identified by astronomers, an "unequivocal signal" of the particles that could revolutionize star-gazing. Handiwork of the IceCube Collaboration, a group of scientists from all over the world sifting through data generated at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the research finally pins down the tricky-to-spot cosmic neutrinos by virtue of their collisions with other particles.

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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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Samsung Space Internet may bring the web to the whole wide world

Samsung Space Internet may bring the web to the whole wide world

This week researcher Farooq Khan from Samsung Electronics has published a paper on full earth-covering internet. This system, he suggests, would consist of "thousands of low-cost micro-satellites" that'll be launched into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide Terabit/s data rate speeds of internet to the whole globe. This system would be able to send data with signal latencies "better than or equal to" the ground-based systems we use today. This system would serve to take care of the internet needs of our planet through the next several decades.

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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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