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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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SpaceX spacesuit revealed and it looks like a sci-fi movie prop

SpaceX spacesuit revealed and it looks like a sci-fi movie prop

Now that SpaceX has a string of successful launches and International Space Station visits under its belt, it's time to start looking further into the future. That future, of course, includes manned missions. Though the first manned mission for its Crew Dragon capsule won't take place until next year, today Elon Musk is giving us a look at how those astronauts will be outfitted when they eventually make their flight.

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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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SpaceX CRS-12 launches: Mars supercomputer headed to ISS

SpaceX CRS-12 launches: Mars supercomputer headed to ISS

SpaceX has aced its latest Dragon launch, with CRS-12 successfully taking off from Cape Canaveral this morning and the Falcon 9 rocket landing back safely. The mission, CRS-12, is SpaceX's twelfth resupply mission to the International Space Station. Among the cargo is a new supercomputer, which it's hoped will pave the way for a successful mission to Mars.

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The moon will get a private LTE cell station in late 2018

The moon will get a private LTE cell station in late 2018

We've seen various plans and efforts to bring Internet to the moon, but how about ordinary cell phone service? One startup called Part Time Scientists has detailed a plan to launch LTE connectivity on the moon's surface, enabling the company's rovers to communicate with the team back on Earth using something other than direct Earth communications. This will save both time and money.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch animation shows how things should go

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch animation shows how things should go

Elon Musk is not one to shy away from media or controversy if it means pushing his dreams forward. That has been true with Tesla and even The Boring Company and while SpaceX has enjoyed a good amount of success, there are still naysayers just waiting for him to fail. They might have their chance in about three months, when SpaceX makes its first attempt to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket. Amusingly, Musk himself seems almost prepared for that as well.

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Virgin Galactic’s rocket system just aced a huge test

Virgin Galactic’s rocket system just aced a huge test

Early this morning, Virgin Galactic completed two successful flights of its VSS Unity and VMS Eve crafts, a process that kicked off around 9AM in the Mojave Desert. This marks the first time the VSS Unity, something known as a rocket-powered manned SpaceShipTwo space-plane, has taken to the sky in a couple months. Virgin Galactic explains that this latest flight was something of a dry-run ahead of more powerful flights.

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Google has solar eclipse glasses for the masses

Google has solar eclipse glasses for the masses

We're not sure if you've heard, but this total solar eclipse we've got coming up is a pretty big deal. It's definitely a rare event to have a total solar eclipse like this cross from the United States' west coast to the east coast, and indeed, the next one to do so won't occur until August 12, 2045. It's little surprise, then, that Google has teamed up with Mystery Science to get people outside to view the event.

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NASA wants a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ to protect Earth from microbes

NASA wants a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ to protect Earth from microbes

NASA is seeking a new 'Planetary Protection Officer,' according to a recent job listing, and whomever gets the position will be tasked with protecting our planet from alien life (though likely not in the way you're thinking). The position was recently listed on the USA Jobs government website, where it reveals that this well-paying position falls under the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection.

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