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  1. NASA Offers Up $20,000 If You Can Think of a Use for 660 Pounds of Dead Weight on Mars Lander

    It's a major award!

    The ballast on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory entry-descent-landing (MEDLI) system is very important for science in that, without it, the spacecraft wouldn't be able to put robots and other heavy objects safely on the surface of another planet. However, it's not actually very useful to science in that it's a bunch of extra weight on a spacecraft that could be better used for scientific equipment. That's where you and your brilliant idea come in.

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  2. 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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  3. NASA’s MAVEN Is Now in Orbit Around Mars to Study Its Atmosphere and Climate Change

    Your carbon footprint is off the hook for this one.

    Studying Earth's climate has grown too contentious, so NASA's brilliant scientists sent a satellite to orbit Mars and study its less politically divisive atmosphere. Or they just really want to learn more about how Mars works, since they're getting kind of tired of just sending robots there and sending people is dangerous.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Ellie, Riley, and Their Halloween Masks

    Welcome to Spooky Town.

    Achievement unlocked: BFFs.

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  5. The International Space Station Gets A 3D Printer And A Crew Of Mousetronauts

    "Astromice" is probably more accurate, but the other has a better mouth feel.

    All together now: MICE...IN...SPAAAAAAACE!

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  6. Supermassive Black Hole Found In Tiniest Galaxy Yet

    Black holes and revelations.

    Supermassive black holes are known for hanging around the centers of large galaxies and keeping us all in orbit, but a new find suggests they might be at the center of much smaller galaxies, as well, which raises questions about how they got there. A tiny nearby galaxy appears to host one of these massive black holes, which means we could find a lot more of them out there.

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  7. NASA Audit Concludes They’re Not Prepared to Protect Us From Asteroids or Even Detect Them

    How long does it take to assemble a ragtag team of retired astronauts, anyway?

    You know what we haven't done in a while? Found an asteroid that's about to fly uncomfortably close to Earth. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Just because we don't see them doesn't mean they're not out there, as a few close passes showed earlier this year, and a government audit has concluded that NASA's program to detect asteroids and protect the world from devastation is way behind schedule.

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  8. NASA Picked SpaceX and Boeing to Bring Back Human Spaceflight and Help Us Get to Mars

    It's all happening!

    Yesterday, NASA made a live announcement about how they planned to work with commercial partners to bring human spaceflight back to the United States. SpaceX and Boeing will work towards completely eliminating our reliance on Russian spacecraft to put astronauts in Orbit by 2017 and free up NASA to work on exciting things—like getting our asses to Mars.

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  9. Watch NASA Announce the Return of Human Spaceflight to the U.S. Live at 4PM EDT

    To infinty, and beyond!

    NASA is all set to announce the return of human spaceflight to the United States today at 4PM EDT. For years, they've relied on Russian spacecraft to bring astronauts to and from the ISS, but that relationship has grown strained (and expensive), so they're about to reveal the details of how the U.S. will restart operations to bring astronauts to outer space in 2017.

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  10. New Horizons Spacecraft Snaps Pictures of Pluto’s Moon Hydra

    HAIL HYDRA. (Come on. You knew it was coming.)

    Pluto may not be a planet anymore, but at least its moons haven't abandoned it. It has five that we know about. So, you know, whatever, Earth and your one moon. Pluto doesn't even care about being a planet. Actually, New Horizons is on the lookout for Pluto's moons in case any we don't know about pose a danger to the mission, and it just got close enough to detect one of the ones we do know about: Hydra.

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