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LEGO Will Officially Make the Women of NASA LEGO Set a Real Product!

With timing that couldn't be more perfect on the heels of Hidden Figures' awards season buzz, LEGO Ideas is moving forward with the proposed Women of NASA LEGO set that highlights even more real-life women in our space program!

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SpaceX Shoots for the Moon, Aims to Send Two Private Citizens Around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX announced plans to send up a pair of private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018.

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What Does NASA’s Twins Study Mean for the Future of Humans in Space?

From digestion to the rate we age, life in space could have surprising side effects.

You may not know who astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly are by just their names, but they may change the future of spaceflight.

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7 Earth-Size Worlds, Some Possibly Habitable, Discovered in Nearby Star System; We All Have the Same Reaction

NASA held a press event today to announce an exciting exoplanet discovery: seven roughly Earth-sized planets have been found orbiting a nearby star, with a few of them in the sweet spot for liquid water, and therefore life as we know it. So, the collective reaction of everyone across the Internet was basically, "Great! When can we sign up for the trip?"

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NASA Is Broadcasting a Live Announcement of News of a “Discovery Beyond Our Solar System” Tomorrow!

As time has gone by and new techniques for spotting planets beyond the boundaries of our solar system have advanced, the amount of such "exoplanets" that we've found has risen at a staggering pace—to the point that we've gotten kind of desensitized to it. That's what makes this new announcement from NASA so exciting; they've made an exoplanet discovery worth its own press event.

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NASA’s “Space Poop Challenge” Ends, Possibly Ending Diaper-Wearing Era for Astronauts

"When you gotta go, you gotta go." -Dr. Ian Malcolm

NASA's "Space Poop Challenge" (I kid you not) has just ended, with an inventor developing a brand new way for astronauts to poop while wearing those big ol' spacesuits.

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PBS Just Announced a Bunch of New Space Documentaries

Get That Popcorn Ready!

PBS just announced a slew of upcoming space documentaries. These include Solar Eclipse, about this summer's upcoming solar eclipse; Beyond a Year in Space, about the effects of long-term space missions on the human body; and The Farthest, about the Voyager mission.

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SpaceX Successfully Launches and Lands a Falcon 9 Rocket

Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship named Just Read The Instructions.

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Scientists Develop New Method to Help Speed Search for Extraterrestrial Life

University of Colorado Hubble fellow Matteo Brogi and colleagues are working on a way to combine two common astronomy research techniques in order to help speed up our research into Proxima b, the planet most likely to harbor alien life.

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Astronauts Took the Mannequin Challenge on the International Space Station

Is using zero gravity a cheat or a challenge?

Astronauts on board the International Space Station took the Mannequin Challenge.

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NASA’s “Physics-Defying” EmDrive Tests Have Passed Scientific Peer Review

The idea of bringing human beings to far-off destinations in space has a lot of limitations in reality. The EmDrive could cut down on some of those limitations, with one major caveat: It shouldn't work. However, testing by a division of NASA has shown that it might, and the results of their work have been approved for publishing in a scientific journal.

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Margaret Hamilton, Software Programmer Who Got Apollo 11 on the Moon, Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

You've probably seen this photo before: Margaret Hamilton standing next to the books that contain the code she led a team in creating that eventually landed Apollo 11 on the Moon safely. Now, Margaret Hamilton has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for for her (pun incoming!) stellar achievements.

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Things We Saw Today: NASA’s Peggy Whitson Became the Oldest Female Astronaut

This past weekend, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson set an unusual record: at age 56, she's the oldest woman in space.

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Float Around the International Space Station and View the Earth Yourself in Incredible 360° Video

Bonus points if you find where they're hiding the aliens.

Yes, the Earth really is round (no matter what the Internet tells you), and the best way to experience it is with 360° video. The amazing pictures that astronauts have sent back to Earth from the International Space Station can only do so much, but this video from cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko brings us the closest experience to actually being aboard the ISS and seeing the Earth, in all its beauty, for ourselves.

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NASA’s Incredible Pumpkin Carving Contest Wins Halloween

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was formed on October 31, 1936, so some pretty read Halloween celebrations are no doubt in order for the organization that works with robots on the giant space pumpkin, a.k.a. Mars. Last week, they showed off their engineering prowess on some pumpkins, and the results just might make you throw in the towel if you were making any last-minute jack-o'-lanterns today.

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Yes, Some Scientists Think They Found Alien Signals. No, That Doesn’t Mean They Did

Must debunk faster. Must debunk faster.

Scientists found signals they believe to be from extraterrestrials! That is, two specific scientists—neither of them Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day—from Laval University in Quebec think they found alien signals in data from observations of stars. (No word yet on whether they're cycling down to world domination.) Other scientists aren't so sure that claim is substantiated, but we look forward to watching as they try to figure it out.

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New Dwarf Planet Candidate Discovered, So Pluto Might Be a Little Less Lonely

We're so close to a Snow White and the Seven Dwarf Planets joke. So close.

A new dwarf planet candidate just had its existence confirmed by scientists after two years of research.

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SpaceX Successfully Test-Fires Mars Transport Rocket Engine, Prepares to Lay out Colonization Plans

Getting to Mars is only part of the problem of putting humans on the Red Planet. We're already pretty good at that part, with plenty of robots roaming around up there right now. The tough part is putting a permanent presence in place so that it actually makes sense to go there, and Elon Musk's SpaceX is making progress towards overcoming that difficulty.

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NASA: Your Zodiac Sign Is Wrong According to Science, but It Was Never Based on Science Anyway

The more you know.

People who care what their zodiac sign is got a little wigged out last week when news made the rounds that NASA pointed out that astrology is based on nonsense—not for the normal reason that it doesn't actually mean anything, but because there are really 13 constellations in the zodiac, and the Sun aligns with them at different times than people previously believed. That means some people's zodiac signs aren't what they thought. Or it doesn't, because they're meaningless anyway.

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For Star Trek‘s 50th, NASA Interviews Nichelle Nichols & George Takei About Fiction Inspiring Reality

Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on Star Trek, and George Takei, who played Sulu, discuss having played roles that inspired real-life astronauts.

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