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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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  11. 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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  12. Things We Saw Today: Detroit Is Turning Into Gotham City

    Oh, it's for Batman v Superman and not Batkid? Oh well.

    Feast your X-Ray vision or little bat lenses on some tweeted set photos from the Detroit Gotham City filming of Batman v Superman.

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  13. NASA Addresses William Shatner as Captain, Updates Him on the ISS, Is This Real Life?

    Captain's log: Checked in on NASA's quaint "space station."

    Being the quintessential Starfleet Captain has its perks, including NASA addressing you as such and updating you on missions, apparently. Good to know the space program is keeping ol' Kirk in the loop.

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  14. Don’t Worry, Fellow Humans: Science Is Hard At Work On Space Beer

    Mars needs moms Molson.

    We put a Buzz in space, but can we get a buzz on in space? Fear not, Earthlings: scientists and breweries across our planet are already hard at work ensuring that if we ever meet extraterrestrials in the final frontier, we'll have a couple of quality cold ones in the chamber to share.

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  15. NASA Was So Excited For Twitter GIFS, They Broke Our Brain With One

    Guys. Earth is a magical kingdom.

    OK, NASA. Yes, you won the unofficial contest for "most literally awesome GIF Tweet." But you do have an unfair advantage.

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  16. Space Station Coffee Is About to Get Better, Will Still Be Made With Pee-Water

    Thanks, but I'll just have tea... oh that's pee-water too?

    Being an astronaut on the International Space Station is full of challenges -- chief among them according to Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano is the lack of decent coffee, and that guy nearly drowned in his own helmet on a space walk, so if he thinks coffee is the biggest problem then it's clearly a huge issue. Italy wants to fix that, so they're sending an espresso machine to space.

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  17. The Very First Vine From Space Captures A Sun That Never Sets

    And it's kind of inspiringly beautiful.

    NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is about to get Vine-famous, because he's uploaded the first-ever Vine from space. In Wiseman's video, he condenses the ISS's 92-minute lap around the Earth into six seconds, showing us lowly Earthings that, from his vantage point over the day/night terminator line, the sun never sets.

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  18. Identical Twin Astronauts Will Test the Effects of Space on Humans

    Man, the Winklevoss twins must be so jealous.

    Despite the Winklevoss twins' plans to use Bitcoin to go to outer space, two NASA astronauts are getting the jump on their whole "twins in space" bit. Identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly are going to help NASA better understand how weightlessness affects the human body.

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  19. Watch SpaceX’s Dragon Cargo Ship Leave The ISS Early Sunday Morning

    Parting is such sweet, spacey sorrow.

    SpaceX's Dragon capsule has had a great time chillin' at the ISS since Easter, but all good things must come to an end. Tomorrow morning, you can watch the robotic capsule detach from the International Space Station, and head for splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

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  20. The First Story Time From Space Video Is Now Live!

    Pause and get in your jammies first for optimum snuggling.

    Story Time From Space, a new program where astronauts on the ISS read to the people of Earth while in front of the Space Station's cupola, is finally live. Listen to Mike Hopkins doing Max Goes To The Moon, and relax: story time is for grown ups, too.

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