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Space

  1. This Is How Astronauts Bring Christmas to the Final Frontier

    Their stockings were hung by the science labs with care.

    If spending time with certain people over the holidays makes you wish you could press a button and eject to outer space, you should at least be aware of the holiday customs of your destination. ISS Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts will fill you in on how Christmas is celebrated iiiiiiin spaaaaaaaaaaace.

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  2. Curiosity Rover Smelled What Mars Dealt: Methane, Which Could Mean Life

    We don't know if bacteria supplied it, since no one denied it.

    The Mars Curiosity rover has made an exciting discovery: Mars has methane, which is a possible sign of life. Beautiful, stinky life.

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  3. Christmas Songs Scientifically Accurate, NASA Confirms That The Holidays Literally Make Seasons Bright

    Important holiday science.

    The Earth is always pretty when viewed from space, but NASA has some new data that shows that the holidays light up the Earth like, well, a Christmas tree.

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  4. NASA Research Center Details Plans for Cloud Cities and Airships on Venus

    I've got a bad good feeling about this.

    NASA's ideas about setting up floating cities on Venus may seem like delusions of grandeur, but in some ways they would actually be more practical than setting up camp on Mars. Since they're already tied in other areas like availability of Star Wars jokes—Mars is cold like Hoth; Venus would need a cloud city—the new ideas about Venus may be a tie breaker.

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  5. There’s A Contest To Name A Crater On Mercury After Someone; We Believe Only One Name Will Do

    NASA is asking you, dear readers, to help them name five craters on the surface of Mercury - and they want you to name them after awesome people, too.

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  6. A Smartphone Tax Is One Way to Help Clean Up Space Junk

    Or we could maybe just place a higher value on space funding.

    Space debris is a big problem, and not just because it might mean losing George Clooney to the cold, unfeeling clutches of outer space. If something isn't done about the debris from space programs in orbit around the Earth, launching a spacecraft from our planet will eventually become like trying to catapult it through a shooting gallery.

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  7. Sorry, ISS. Russian Space Agency Considering Creating Its Own Space Station Again

    Probably with a Little Rascals-esque "No U.S. Allowed" sign on the door.

    Russian officials have been talking about leaving everyone at the ISS hanging for a while, but now the head of Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, has confirmed they're considering their own new space station as a possibility.

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  8. NASA Is Celebrating Orion’s First Flight With the Punniest “All About That Bass” Parody Yet

    CC: Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    Last Friday, NASA successfully launched the Orion capsule into space to test its crew capabilities, and to celebrate, the Pathway Interns at the Johnson Space Center filmed this rocket science-inspired "All About that Bass" parody complete with physics puns, choreographed line-dancing, and professional-grade spaceporn. USA! USA!

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Rosetta Makes a Christmas Landing

    Ok, this is pretty great.

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  10. Why Today’s Successful Orion Mission Is Exciting News for the Future of Human Space Exploration

    To infinity, and beyond!

    NASA's test of the Orion deep space crew capsule had a rough start with a failed launch yesterday, but today's retry was a complete success. Any successful space mission is exciting by itself, but for this one in particular, the really exciting part is what it means for the future.

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