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  1. 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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  2. Watch Live As NASA Launches Their Deep Space Climate Observatory Right Now!

    Space meteorologists are very excited.

    NASA is launching their Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite (or DSCOVR, because, of course) this evening from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. DSCOVR is heading to space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 (which is a reusable rocket, so that's pretty cool). The NASA livestream starts here at 5pmE, and the launch is set for 6:05pmE. NASA says that because this is a sunset launch, it'll be great for viewing.

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  3. ISS Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Shows Us How She Gets Haircuts In Space

    Haircuts! In! Space!

    Being in low gravity for long periods of time does alter your body's height or bone density, but it sure won't stop the hair on your head from growing. That's why every once in a while the people aboard the International Space Station have to cut their hair themselves, and judging from Italian astronaut Sam Cristoforetti's livetweets of her own outer space salon session, the process is... pretty messy.

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  4. This Light Show From the ISS Is the Best Christmas Display You’ll See All Season

    So when aliens drive by, they'll be SUPER impressed.

    The European Space Agency released this video earlier this week, which compiles more than twelve thousand images taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst into six minutes of beautiful planetary timelapse. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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  5. Two Women Soon to Be on ISS Long-Term Crew for Only the Second Time in History

    Today in good news.

    Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy's first female astronaut, will blast off this weekend to join the ISS crew, including Russian cosmonaut Elana Serova, in orbit. That will make this only the second time in the space station's 16 years of operation that two women have been on its six-member crew at the same time.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Things We Saw Today: The ISS Has A Really Great View

    I've got a few trees and a bunch of buildings, so I guess the International Space Station wins this round. "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange," wrote astronaut/photographer Reid Wiseman. (via NASA)

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  9. NASA Report Now Says Private Human Spaceflight May Raise ISS Costs

    This is why we can't have nice things.

    NASA was pretty pumped about their decision to award Boeing and SpaceX with contracts to bring human spaceflight back to the U.S., but a new internal audit shows they might not want to get over the Moon about it just yet. As it turns out, maintaining the ISS until 2024 with private contractors may actually cost more money than the already expensive Russian Soyuz space capsules.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: Sith Elsa Is Not To Be Toyed With

    Now where is Tauntaun Olaf?

    Some fantastic Sith Elsa cosplay by Amanda Dawn at this year's Dragon Con.

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