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  1. Monday Cute: Little Girl’s Reaction to Rocket Liftoff Proves This Is How You Get Kids Into Science

    Oh my goodness.

    Getting kids into science is a lot easier than people make it out to be, because science is freaking amazing. Just look at this cute kid react to a "rocket ship" taking off for outer space and tell me she's not going to work for NASA some day. She can barely even handle her excitement. (To be fair, I'm 30 years old and this is still pretty much how I react to rockets taking off.)

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  2. NASA Will Send Robonaut’s Doc Ock Legs to the ISS Today With SpaceX, and You Can Watch With Us

    Let's build a robot Doctor Octopus and put him in charge of a space station. What could go wrong?

    NASA's Robonaut 2 has been patiently awaiting the arrival of his robotic Doc Ock legs as he sits completely immobile on a support post. Today, his lower half is launching to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 4:58PM ET, and then he'll be able to move freely about the space station and free up human astronauts for more complex tasks.

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  3. Up Late or Live Somewhere Where 4:12AM EST Isn’t Super Early? Watch the ESA’s Gaia Launch Live

    4:12AM is too early? Space waits for no one!

    Depending on where you live, the ESA's Gaia spacecraft will launch either at a perfectly reasonable time tomorrow afternoon or at an unacceptably early hour of the morning. If you happen to be in an area where you won't have to wake up before sunrise, watch Gaia launch live on its mission to create a better map of our galaxy.

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  4. The Minotaur Rocket Launch Will Give the East Coast a Show in the Sky Tonight [Updated]

    Science is happening in the sky! We get really excited about things flying to and from space.

    You can watch the launch of the Minotaur 1 rocket, which will carry a record-setting 29 satellites into orbit, live tonight right here. Or, if you're close enough to the East Coast of the United States and want to see some amazing science (who doesn't?), you can go outside and watch it with your own eyes. We'll tell you how.

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  5. Watch the Launch of a New International Space Station Team Live Tonight

    We could watch NASA shoot people into space all day, but we'll settle for this.

    A new team is going to launch to the International Space Station tonight at 11:14PM EDT. NASA will have live streaming coverage of the event beginning at 10:15PM. You can watch right here, because we love space, and we want everyone else to love space, too.

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  6. Watch Live as New Crew Launches for International Space Station, Cygnus Docking Delayed

    Hey, remember when NASA could launch humans into space all by themselves?

    Today at 4:58PM EDT, the crew of Expeditions 37 and 38 will launch to the International Space Station on board a Soyuz TMA-10M from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and you can watch NASA's live stream coverage right here. Meanwhile, the Cygnus capsule that was sent to the ISS last week will have to wait to dock. Take that, Cygnus.

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  7. Bald Eagle Soars Near NASA/Orbital Sciences Cygnus Launch

    Animals seem really into rocket launches lately.

    Lately it seems like animals are taking an increased interest in space. A frog photobombed the LADEE launch, and now a bald eagle was spotted getting a bird's-eye view of Wednesday's Cygnus launch. See, even eagles like space!

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  8. If At First You Don’t Succeed… Orbital Sciences Will Try To Launch Antares Rocket Again Today at 5PM EDT [Updated]

    Launching a human-made object into space is a complicated and difficult endeavor, so we won't fault Orbital Sciences or NASA for scrubbing the launch of the Antares rocket a few times so far. They won't let things like faulty ethernet cables and weather stop them. They've set another launch time of 5PM EDT today. You can watch the live coverage right here starting at 4:30PM.

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  9. Watch the Orbital Sciences Antares Rocket Launch Live Online or Possibly by Looking Up

    Today is launch day for the test flight of private company Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The launch is set for 5pm ET with coverage starting at 4pm ET on NASA TV. You can watch that live stream right here, or -- depending on where you live -- just go outside and look to the skies.

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  10. Watch SpaceX’s Dragon Launch Live Stream Right Here

    Tomorrow's looking like a perfect day for a rocket launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX's second NASA-commissioned flight to the International Space Station is scheduled to take off in the morning. The mission will deliver a Dragon spacecraft with 1,200 lbs of supplies to the ISS, and will return to Earth loaded up with 2,300 lbs of things taken from the space station. We're looking forward to seeing the launch, and you can watch it right here.

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  11. Aw, Too Bad: North Korea’s Satellite is Probably Already Dead

    Well, that didn't last long. In what we have to assume is karmic payback for lying about unicorns, the satellite that North Korea launched into orbit last week is already dead, says a Harvard astronomer. North Korea is calling the launch a big victory for leader Kim Jong Un and their space program, but it seems like they haven't been as successful as they initially thought. Reports say that the object is tumbling and that so far, no signals have been detected coming from the washing machine-sized satellite -- which upon further review, may well turn out to actually just be a washing machine. Too bad, guys. Better luck next time.

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  12. World IPv6 Launch Nearly Here, Probably Not End of World

    Welp, I guess it's time to head out Californee way. I hear they got a whole mess of internets out there and we're all dried up. You see, the world's run out of IP addresses on the old standard, IPv4. Luckily, said world has also been working on transitioning to the new standard: The bright and shiny IPv6. The launch of IPv6 compatibility across major internet service providers and home networking manufacturers is set to go down this coming Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

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  13. How Do You Get Massive Ships Into the Water? [Video]

    You probably thought that large ships had a stately, dignified birth off the docks and into the water. You'd be wrong. Like teaching a small child to swim, you just throw them over the side and hope for the best. Reddit commentor DougyM does provide some explanation as to why this dramatic method is actually preferred:

    You need to effectively have the entire ships weight distributed evenly along the hull, sliding it in sideways ensures that no one part is under more stress than another. Going forwards down a slope would focus the ships weight on either end of the hull and result in damage up to and including actually crushing the middle of the ship in on itself.
    He fails to mention that the throw-the-huge-boat-over-the-edge method has the added benefit of being totally badass. (via Reddit)

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