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  1. Protest Halts NASA Commercial Human Spaceflight Partner Program With Boeing and SpaceX

    If you can't get along, we'll turn this spaceship right around and go home!

    We were excited when NASA announced that it would bring human spaceflight back to the United States with a partner program for commercial companies Boeing and SpaceX, but not everyone has been equally thrilled. Spaceflight company Sierra Nevada was passed over for NASA contracts in favor of the other two companies, and now they're contesting the decision through the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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  2. NASA Considering Putting Humans in Stasis for Real-Life Mars Missions

    Just don't break any quarantine protocols.

    Depending on its position in orbit, it takes a long time to get to Mars from Earth, so NASA is seriously considering a method of putting astronauts in stasis to make the mission easier and hopefully avoid any warning beacons about dangerous xenomorphs.

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  3. Spherical Rock on Mars Proves Aliens Enjoy Golf or Are Big Fans of Spaceballs

    This just in: There are balls on Ma—wait. Phrasing.

    Seriously, Mars? We send 1,982 pounds and $2.5 billion of science up there, and you just throw out a ball and try to play fetch with it like a dog? I mean, I guess that's better than vaporizing it on sight, but come on. Have some respect.

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  4. NASA Telescopes Discover Water on Distant Planet, the Search for Alien Life Continues!

    Now they just need to look for earth, fire, wind, and heart.

    Researchers using several NASA telescopes have detected water in the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet. It's the smallest exoplanet which has had atmospheric elements identified, which is an important step in the search for worlds outside our solar system that may support life.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Things We Saw Today: Ellie, Riley, and Their Halloween Masks

    Welcome to Spooky Town.

    Achievement unlocked: BFFs.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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