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  1. NASA Audit Concludes They’re Not Prepared to Protect Us From Asteroids or Even Detect Them

    How long does it take to assemble a ragtag team of retired astronauts, anyway?

    You know what we haven't done in a while? Found an asteroid that's about to fly uncomfortably close to Earth. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Just because we don't see them doesn't mean they're not out there, as a few close passes showed earlier this year, and a government audit has concluded that NASA's program to detect asteroids and protect the world from devastation is way behind schedule.

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  2. NASA Picked SpaceX and Boeing to Bring Back Human Spaceflight and Help Us Get to Mars

    It's all happening!

    Yesterday, NASA made a live announcement about how they planned to work with commercial partners to bring human spaceflight back to the United States. SpaceX and Boeing will work towards completely eliminating our reliance on Russian spacecraft to put astronauts in Orbit by 2017 and free up NASA to work on exciting things—like getting our asses to Mars.

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  3. Watch NASA Announce the Return of Human Spaceflight to the U.S. Live at 4PM EDT

    To infinty, and beyond!

    NASA is all set to announce the return of human spaceflight to the United States today at 4PM EDT. For years, they've relied on Russian spacecraft to bring astronauts to and from the ISS, but that relationship has grown strained (and expensive), so they're about to reveal the details of how the U.S. will restart operations to bring astronauts to outer space in 2017.

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  4. New Horizons Spacecraft Snaps Pictures of Pluto’s Moon Hydra

    HAIL HYDRA. (Come on. You knew it was coming.)

    Pluto may not be a planet anymore, but at least its moons haven't abandoned it. It has five that we know about. So, you know, whatever, Earth and your one moon. Pluto doesn't even care about being a planet. Actually, New Horizons is on the lookout for Pluto's moons in case any we don't know about pose a danger to the mission, and it just got close enough to detect one of the ones we do know about: Hydra.

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  5. Spaceship Earth Grants Is Handing Out Civilian Trips to Space

    You don't even have to get the high score in Starfighter first!

    Hey, you! Yes, you—person who watches Star Trek and Star Wars all the time and generally just seems to love anything to do with stars—you know where all those stars come from? Space! And you can win a trip there—that is, provided that you promise to use your experience to help your community and fellow humans and not to set up a galactic empire to rule with space wizard powers.

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  6. Let’s Watch The Birth Of The Solar Flare That’s Hitting Our Planet

    KANEDA! WHAT DO YOU SEE?!

    Aside from some fantastic aurorae and a few minor satellite problems, the solar flare that left our sun on Wednesday probably won't be affecting us Earthlings much. However, it is absolutely stunning to look at.

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  7. Comet Photobombs Philae Lander’s Selfie From Rosetta Mission

    In space, no one can hear you sneak up behind their selfie.

    Back off, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko! Philae is an amazing piece of technology and it was trying to take a picture of itself! Stop photobombing him. You're just a giant hunk of rock falling through space! OK, fine. You're a giant, beautiful, scientifically relevant... you know what? All is forgiven. This picture is amazing.

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  8. Be Sure to Check Out Summer’s Last SuperMoon Tonight

    Instructions: Go outside. Look up.

    Tonight brings the last of this summer's string of "SuperMoons." If you were trying to pick the perfect night to take a look at the sky and think, "Doesn't that look pretty," your search is over. The moon will appear bigger, brighter, and approximately 50% more beautiful* than normal. *Actual results may vary.

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  9. Astronauts Make Long Distance Calls From ISS To Elementary School Students

    Space: the most adorable frontier

    Wanna get children into science? Talking about it with them is a good start. Of course, if you're an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station, odds are you're going to get the kids' attentions a lot quicker than their parents or teachers can.

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  10. Mars Opportunity Rover Will Have Its Memory Wiped

    I'm so sorry.

    The Mars Opportunity rover has been doing science on the red planet for over a decade, but it's been experiencing a lot of problems lately that have slowed it down, and it looks like the only solution is a memory wipe. When reached for comment, the rover responded, "You know, you could fix my glitches if you just try hot-wiring the fragment links and superseding the binary binary binary binary binary binary binary binary."

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