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Mars isolation test will end this weekend after 8 months

Mars isolation test will end this weekend after 8 months

Back in January, we reported that a crew was going to spend 8 months living in isolation in a location that simulated the Mars environment. This isolation is a test ahead of future missions to Mars, where humans will spend large amounts of time in cramped quarters with a small group of other people. This crew is scheduled to exit their accommodations this upcoming Sunday.

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Cassini takes a final plunge into Saturn, ending its 20-year mission

Cassini takes a final plunge into Saturn, ending its 20-year mission

After spending nearly 20 years in space and more than 13 years orbiting Saturn, NASA's Cassini mission came to an end this morning. The Cassini orbiter took its final plunge into Saturn this morning, officially bringing an end to the successful mission. NASA lost contact with the orbiter at 7:55 AM EDT as it descended through the gas giant's atmosphere.

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NASA will livestream Cassini’s final moments tomorrow

NASA will livestream Cassini’s final moments tomorrow

NASA's existing Saturn mission is nearing its end after 13 long years, and everyone will be able to watch the spacecraft's final moments. The space agency detailed the mission's end yesterday, explaining that on September 15 (that's tomorrow), the Cassini spacecraft will fall into Saturn's atmosphere, marking both the end of it and its mission. As with many of its other notable events, the end of this mission will be broadcast on NASA TV.

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See Saturn’s beauty as Cassini crashes into it

See Saturn’s beauty as Cassini crashes into it

A 13-year journey ends this week as Cassini–Huygens crashes into the face of Saturn - and we get to see it all happen. At the end of this journey, NASA is celebrating with an E-Book called "The Saturn System : Through the Eyes of Cassini." This E-Book was made free this week, and from it we've got a few passages and big set of photos to share with you today. These are just a few of the 450,000 photos captured by Cassini on its journey from Earth to Saturn.

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NASA is funding an ultra-thin way to deal with space junk

NASA is funding an ultra-thin way to deal with space junk

NASA has its eyes set on an ultra-thin way to deal with all the junk floating around space. The space agency awarded a second round of funding to the Brane Craft, a thin 'sheet' of sorts from Aerospace Corporation that works by wrapping around junk, driving it down through the atmosphere so that it'll eventually burn up, solving the waste problem.

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Strongest solar flare in a decade were many times larger than Earth

Strongest solar flare in a decade were many times larger than Earth

The folks over at NASA are constantly watching the sun for many different reasons. One of those reasons is to capture video and images of the sun doing it thing. On September 6, 2017 the Sun tossed out the first of two incredibly powerful solar flares with the first flare peaking at 5:10 a.m. EDT and the second, and larger, solar flare peaking at 8:02 a.m. EDT. The Solar Dynamic Observatory captured images of both massive solar flares.

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These futuristic NASA vehicle concepts may be used to explore Venus

These futuristic NASA vehicle concepts may be used to explore Venus

NASA has unveiled some probe concepts for spacecraft that may one day explore Venus, of which there are more than two dozen proposals. The concepts are for spacecraft and various types of probes that look different than what we've thus far sent into space, utilizing things like an 'origami' design to unfold robotic systems as necessary based on landscapes.

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As destruction nears, Cassini takes a dip in Saturn’s atmosphere

As destruction nears, Cassini takes a dip in Saturn’s atmosphere

After spending 13 years studying Saturn and almost 20 years on its mission, NASA's Cassini orbiter is about to meet its end. Cassini's mission is scheduled to wrap up on September 15, but before it does, NASA is performing a series of final orbits it has dubbed Cassini's "Grand Finale." Those orbits began way back in April, but the orbit Cassini just entered might be the most fascinating one yet.

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Solar Eclipse 2017: The must-see photos

Solar Eclipse 2017: The must-see photos

The hotly anticipated solar eclipse has wrapped up for most of the country, and the results are rolling in. Called a once-in-a-lifetime event, this particular solar eclipse had a path of totality spanning from one coast to the other, giving the majority of the U.S. (and Canada and Mexico) a look at both a partial and/or full eclipse. If you happened to miss it, don't worry: the photos and videos are rolling in, and they're stunning.

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It’s Solar Eclipse Time: LIVE Streaming Video

It’s Solar Eclipse Time: LIVE Streaming Video

NASA's Solar Eclipse Across America coverage is on full tilt boogie today as the first full solar eclipse since 1918. To be clear - this was not the last time there was any sort of solar eclipse. The year 1918 was the last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entirety of the United States. The last total eclipse visible from anywhere in the United States was back in 1979. Today we're rounding up the best ways to watch the solar eclipse on video LIVE from wherever you're situated.

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Earth will see its largest asteroid fly-by in September

Earth will see its largest asteroid fly-by in September

2017 is shaping up to be a real treat for astronomy fans: not only will they be treated to a rare solar eclipse on Monday, less than two weeks after a significant asteroid fly-by will take place. Dubbed Asteroid Florence, NASA has revealed that it will be the largest to pass by our planet since it began keeping track of near-Earth asteroids, and it's scheduled to zoom past on September 1st.

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Solar Eclipse Glasses : the definitive SAFE list

Solar Eclipse Glasses : the definitive SAFE list

It's a confusing time for Eclipse Watchers in the United States as Amazon recalls hundreds (if not thousands) of Eclipse Glasses this week. This happened just before the Total Solar Eclipse of August, 2017. This Total Solar Eclipse is a rare event because of its position - massive coverage of the sun in a path that spans the United States for over 90 minutes in one go. That doesn't often happen over such a well-populated area of land.

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