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Space

  1. [UPDATED] Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Has Just Suffered a Crash During Test Flight [Developing]

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spaceplane—designed for space tourism—has just crashed.

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  2. Interstellar Is Going to Shoot One Lucky Fan Into Space (Yes, Really!)

    Will a spirited rendition of "Rocket Man" raise our chances? Offer's on the table, Fandango.

    Interstellar makes pretend outer space look pretty neat, but why stop there? Why not just go to outer space for real and see it for yourself? Fandango is running a contest for you to win a round-trip ticket to the final frontier—and you don't even have to have the entire fate of humanity resting on your shoulders!

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  3. 2029 Apophis Asteroid Will Pass So Close to Earth, It Will Experience Mini Asteroid Avalanches

    Fact: The Earth is as scary to asteroids as asteroids are to us.

    We're all so busy worrying what a close asteroid pass means for us and any ragtag teams of retired astronauts that no one takes the time to consider what it means for the asteroid. The Earth exerts some pretty strong gravitational forces, and when football field-sized 99942 Apophis passes extremely close in 2029, it's going to be just as much a shake-up for the asteroid as for our psyches.

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  4. Unmanned Antares Rocket Explodes Just After Launch To International Space Station

    Writes NASA, "A mishap occurred shortly after liftoff. Orbital has declared a contingency. NASA and Orbital are still determining when a press conference will be held."

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  5. Sally Ride Science Launching a New EarthKAM Mission for Kids to Operate an ISS Camera

    If Sally Ride wanted you to do something, you do that thing.

    Sally Ride, who you may remember as only the first American woman in space and the youngest American astronaut to ever go there, started a great program to get kids involved in STEM fields back in the 90s, and it's launching its next mission next month. Don't let her down.

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  6. MIT Warns Mars One Habitat Plans May Poison Their Own Mars Settlers Within 70 Days of Arrival

    You got what you want. Give these people air! ...But not too much of it.

    Mars One is a private Mars settlement mission that aims to recoup the costs of establishing the first human colony on an alien planet by turning it into a reality show, so now you've got some context for the fact that their life support plans may actually backfire and poison their own settlers. That's one heck of an elimination challenge.

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  7. Women Use Less Calories Than Men; Let’s Send Ladies to Mars

    Men are from Mars, women should go there.

    Writing for Slate, a participant in a NASA-funded Mars Mission simulation studied the caloric intake and burn rate of her colleagues, and has a suggestion for manned missions to Mars that's right up our alley.

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  8. NASA Catches The Sun Getting Into The Halloween Spirit

    Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange?

    Trick or treat, smell my heat, give me something good to eat (like a planet)!

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  9. Wanna Name a Space Droid? In SPACE? Then Enter This NASA Contest!

    But try to think of something more creative than "Space Droid."

    NASA has a new "free-flying robot" they'll be sending up to help out the International Space Station crew in 2017. But let's be honest: "free-flying robot" is kind of a mouthful. That's why the space agency wants help creating a name for the little guy, as well as a new mission patch design!

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  10. A Comet Is About to Scrape by Mars, and NASA Will Share What They Hope to Learn From It Live Today at 2PM EDT

    NASA's MAVEN is in a unique position to observe a comet that is going to come ten times closer to Mars than any comet ever has to Earth, and it will help us learn about the early solar system.

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