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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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Elon Musk just made a SpaceX FAIL video

Elon Musk just made a SpaceX FAIL video

The many crashes of SpaceX were just captured in a single video edited by none other than Elon Musk. Musk is the founder and CEO of the company, and the video contains the many failed attempts at landing their Orbital Rocket Booster before pulling out a win. This is quite likely the most expensive FAIL compilation ever made for YouTube.

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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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Elon Musk reveals SpaceX’s spacesuit in full

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX’s spacesuit in full

As SpaceX gets closer to its goal of sending astronauts into space, the private company is starting to share details on the spacesuits they'll be wearing when make the trip. Last month CEO Elon Musk teased a brief look at the suit with a photo that was cropped to only show the helmet and chest portions, but now he's taken to social media once more to share a full head-to-toe shot of the outfit.

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Solar flares may bring stunning auroras for the rest of the week

Solar flares may bring stunning auroras for the rest of the week

The sun unleashed big solar flares earlier this week, and that was followed by two more yesterday morning. The first, which happened at 6:15AM for those in the Eastern time zone, was classified as a mid-level flare, while the second, which happened around 10:30AM, was a stronger X-class flare. Though the solar activity came with the annoying side effect of disrupted GPS, it could also cause incredible auroras throughout the rest of the week.

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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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SpaceX successfully tests Falcon Heavy rocket’s first stage cores

SpaceX successfully tests Falcon Heavy rocket’s first stage cores

SpaceX first announced its Falcon Heavy — a much larger rocket than its standard Falcon 9s — back in 2011, and after several years of delays the private space company has scheduled its first launch for November. With that day quickly approaching, CEO Elon Musk and co. have revealed that things are on track with the news that they've successfully completed testing on Falcon Heavy's three first stage cores.

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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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