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Apollo 11 command module begins nationwide tour next year

Apollo 11 command module begins nationwide tour next year

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission, in which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. In celebration of this anniversary, the Apollo 11 command module, which is named Columbia and flew those two astronauts and Michael Collins to their lunar destination and back, will kick off a nationwide tour that will give people around the US a chance to see it in person.

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NASA finds seven new Earth-sized exoplanets near the same star

NASA finds seven new Earth-sized exoplanets near the same star

As promised on Monday, NASA has announced new exoplanet findings, namely the discovery of seven new exoplanets, some of which may contain the key ingredients for life. This discovery is a phenomenal one, further fleshing out the space agency's past exoplanet announcements with a roster of new celestial bodies to investigate. Not much is known about these exoplanets at the time, but what we do know is fascinating.

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NASA says it will announce new exoplanet ‘findings’ tomorrow

NASA says it will announce new exoplanet ‘findings’ tomorrow

NASA has announced that it will soon reveal ‘new findings’ related to exoplanets — that is, planets that orbit stars that aren’t our own sun. The space agency hasn’t yet released any details about what it will say, as it states the info is under an embargo until 1PM tomorrow, at which point the scientific journal Nature will publish all the finer details. The public will be able to send questions in to NASA via Twitter during its briefing on Wednesday.

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Pluto could be a planet again, just like our moon

Pluto could be a planet again, just like our moon

Is Pluto a planet or not? Depending the age of whom you ask, and depending they keep up with the latest new, they might answer yes or now. Apparently, it also depends whether you’re asking an astronomer or a planetary scientists. At least that’s the sentiment that NASA scientists, led by New Horizon principal investigator Alan Stern, is giving off in proposing a redefinition of what a planet is, which would re-induct Pluto to the club once again. Curiously enough, it would also add 100 new planets to our solar system alone.

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SpaceX successfully launches delayed rocket, nails third ground landing

SpaceX successfully launches delayed rocket, nails third ground landing

While SpaceX delayed its latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last moment on Saturday, the rescheduled liftoff went off without a hitch on Sunday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket was launched at 9:39am ET, sending a Dragon capsule on its way to the International Space Station with 5,500 pounds of supplies on behalf of NASA.

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SpaceX halts latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at last second

SpaceX halts latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at last second

Saturday was set to see yet another rocket launch from SpaceX, the private space company led by Elon Musk, this time with a goal of delivering supplies to the International Space Station on behalf of NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch at 10:01AM ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, however, with a mere 13 seconds left on the countdown clock, the flight was aborted over safety concerns.

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SpaceX will carry NASA’s Raven module to the ISS soon

SpaceX will carry NASA’s Raven module to the ISS soon

SpaceX will soon launch NASA’s Raven technology module into space, doing so aboard its next upcoming commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. According to the space agency, this module is designed to be attached outside of the ISS, where it will enable ‘autonomous rendezvous’ in space…that doesn’t require any human involvement.

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Researchers: dwarf planet Ceres has ‘key ingredients for life’

Researchers: dwarf planet Ceres has ‘key ingredients for life’

Dwarf planet Ceres, the source of things like shiny bright spots and a big ice volcano, has the 'key ingredients for life,' something discovered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The conclusion is based on organic-rich areas detected on the dwarf planet, which researchers believe are native to the planet. These organic materials join evidence of salts, water ice, hydrated minerals, and more also existing on the planet.

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NASA ‘Space Poop Challenge’ reveals its three winners

NASA ‘Space Poop Challenge’ reveals its three winners

In case you didn’t get the memo, NASA launched arguably its most unique challenge this past October: the Space Poop Challenge. Yes, that’s its actual name. The challenge dangled a $30,000 reward in exchange for proposed solutions for dealing with human waste — that is, poop — that’ll be implemented in astronauts’ suits. The system is supposed to solve the human waste problem for the duration of up to 144 hours and be used during a crew’s launch into and entry from space.

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India puts record 104 satellites into orbit with one launch

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit with one launch

As if launching a rocket with some payload wasn’t enough of a gamble, try launching one with hundreds of those payloads. That is exactly the record-breaking feat that the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO accomplished. At close to midnight Eastern (10 a.m. local time), the ISRO confirmed that not only did it make a successful launch of a PSLV-37 rocket, it also successfully put 104 satellites into orbit. All from that single launch.

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NASA says lasers may bring broadband to space

NASA says lasers may bring broadband to space

Internet speeds in space, as you’ve probably guessed, are pretty slow. As in, worse than dial-up slow. Researchers have been devising potential ways to solve this problem, and now NASA has detailed one of them: space lasers. According to the agency, space may get its “broadband moment” in the near future (read: the next several years) via data beamed over laser light. This technology has the potential to speed up current rates so that they’re up to 100 times faster.

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Stunning blue lightning filmed from the International Space Station

Stunning blue lightning filmed from the International Space Station

Researchers at the International Space Station have managed to catch rare blue lightning on camera, giving everyone a look at the phenomenon commonly only spotted by pilots. Such blue flashes aren’t something you’re likely to see from the ground, as they tend to happen above thunderstorms, making them visible to planes above the clouds. In an effort to better study them, the researchers were asked to point a special camera above one such thunderstorm.

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