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  1. Google Honors Sally Ride, the First American Woman in Space, In Their Latest Doodle

    Google has done a great job of honoring female pioneers in STEM careers in their daily doodles, and today provided them with another opportunity. Sally Ride was a physicist and astronaut who was also the first American woman in space, and today would have been her 64th birthday.

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  2. Perfect Nerd/Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Celebrates Towel Day on the International Space Station

    As someone who was recently marooned in space, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti likely has a bit of experience with the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have: a towel. Let her read to you why towels are so great from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in honor of Towel Day—a celebration of Adams' life—yesterday and explain several ISS-friendly towel functions.

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  3. NASA and ESA Form a Super-Science Team-Up to Protect Us From Asteroids

    We don't wanna miss a thing. Except maybe getting hit by an asteroid.

    It happened to the dinosaurs - and there's a good chance it might happen to us. Well, not US-us, because anyone reading this might be long dead by the time that sort of thing happens. But STILL. It's good to have a plan. Thankfully, NASA is teaming up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to come up with one.

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  4. Italy’s First Woman in Space Is About to Break Two Spaceflight Records on Her First Trip, Explains Space Toilets

    Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti already made history as Italy's first woman in space, but a little unexpected time aboard the ISS is about to make her the holder of some impressive spaceflight records.

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  5. Do Female Astronauts Have the Edge Over Male Astronauts For Our First Mars Mission?

    "Who run the world? Girls!" Who knew Bey was talking about Mars?

    PBS Space Time is making the case that if and when there's a manned NASA Mars mission, that mission would do best to be manned by....women! Check out the vid above for some great points and arguments in favor of the first Mars mission using an all-female crew.

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  6. NASA Tests Reportedly Show “Physics-Defying” EM Drive Might Actually Work to Propel Spacecraft

    *Crosses all fingers.*

    The "EM Drive," an engine that creates thrust by bouncing microwaves around inside a chamber, confounds physicists because it manages to produce thrust without expelling any propellant—seemingly defying the law of conservation of momentum—even in a vacuum. That ability was tested by NASA's "Eagleworks" at the Johnson Space Center, and the results have them optimistic about the drive's future in space travel.

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  7. NASA Says We’ll Find Alien Life Within 30 Years, Implements Plans to Make It Happen

    Make it so!

    Bold claims from the house of Bolden: NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan has said that they expect to find alien life within 20 to 30 years. It's not just talk, either—they've got projects in the works to get the job done.

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  8. Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s Space-Cosplay Game is On Point

    "Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised."

    Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has been living it up on the ISS since November as flight engineer of the Futura mission, and celebrated the SpaceX Dragon freighter's delivery of supplies earlier this week (including specially-engineered, Borg-proof Italian space coffee) by sharing an extremely nerdy pic on Twitter.

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  9. Elon Musk Gon’ Give It to Ya in the SpaceX “Uptown Funk” Parody “Launch You Up”

    So SpaceX-y.

    OK, we'll accept another "Uptown Funk" parody on the basis that this one is the best one. See, I told you Elon Musk was really Iron Man.

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  10. Do You Love SPACE? Then You Have to Watch SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Launch Live!

    After six successful missions to the International Space station (five being official resupply missions for NASA), the spacecrafts are set to liftoff from Florida from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for another one of their Commercial Resupply Services (CRS).

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  11. NASA’s Amy Mainzer Names Asteroid After Nobel Winner Malala Yousafzai

    A badassteroid.

    Today in super-smart ladies doing super-cool things for each other, NASA's Amy Mainzer has named an asteroid she discovered after 17-year-old Nobel Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai.

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  12. Inspiring Vintage Images of Female Space Pioneers for the Documentary Makers: Women in Space

    Makers has a great documentary about the history of America space travel from a female perspective, so check out a few of the vintage images they put together to remind everyone of the part women have played in our space program. (More after the jump.)

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  13. Buzz Aldrin Does His Best Superman Impression at Stonehenge for the Future of Space Exploration

    Yelling at the Moon Mars with Buzz Aldrin.

    Super Aldrin! With the power to leap tall Moon truthers in a single bound!

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  14. Watch the Crew Of the International Space Station Discuss Daily Life In Space, Star Trek

    So what's life in space like? Let Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA, European Space Agency) answer some questions about daily life in a space station.

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  15. Does Deep Space Travel Need to Double as Entertainment to Survive?

    We'll find out soon enough, if Mars One has its way.

    Putting human beings on another planet carries an almost insurmountable cost; so as everything in the world slowly becomes consumed by the entertainment industry, will space travel go right along with it, just for the financial benefits?

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  16. Make Every Day a Space Princess Day With These Out-of-This-World T-Shirts

    Bees incoming.

    ShadowplayNyc has that "space fashion icon" aesthetic down pat. Any of these particularly strike your fancy?

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  17. Space Selfies Are the Best Selfies

    No space duckface, sadly.

    Just because you exit the stratosphere doesn't mean you can escape the pull of the selfie.

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  18. Russia Will Officially Pull out of the ISS and Take Their Parts With Them

    Well that escalated quickly.

    They've threatened it before, but the Russian Federal Space Agency has officially announced that they'll pull out of the International Space Station in 2024—and they'll be taking their sections of the station with them.

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  19. Can We Prove Space Aliens Exist Without Actually Finding Them?

    For the record, we'd all accept just finding some if that's cool with everyone.

    Space Time takes a look at the competing theories on the existence of aliens and how the certainty that they have to be out there with the current lack of evidence might actually be its own undoing.

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  20. Slow Down, SETI: Frank Drake Thinks Calling Up Aliens Would Be “Silly”

    Sure, I guess "silly" is one way to describe the apocalypse.

    The Drake Equation, crafted by Frank Drake, estimates the probable number of other intelligent civilizations living in our own galaxy. The SETI Institute has recently begun discussing plans to actively attempt to make contact with any of these civilizations, but Drake himself thinks they're wasting their time.

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