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The Most Interesting Thing Shot into Space Last Week Wasn't a Tesla

There was a second payload on board the SpaceX Falcon Heavy that launched Tuesday (Feb. 6), and (unlike the Tesla Roadster ) it’s built to last 14 billion years. SpaceX confirmed during its pre-launch livestream that the gadget, called an Arch, is tucked away somewhere inside the red Tesla Roadster now floating through space . It’s […]

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Man Who Traveled to Watch Historic SpaceX Launch Found Dead in Motel

Here, an image of a person of interest in a homicide in Cocoa, Florida. The history-making launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, and its Tesla Roadster payload , on Tuesday (Feb. 6) drew crowds of reporters and enthusiasts, including 65-year-old Terry Scott Hilliard, who was found dead in his motel in Cocoa, Florida, the next […]

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Space Station Supporters Prepare for Budget Battle

In Congress, supporters of the International Space Station are rallying ahead of funding concerns beyond 2025. WASHINGTON — As the administration prepares to release a fiscal year 2019 budget proposal that may call for ending International Space Station operations in the mid-2020s, advocates for the station in Congress and industry are making the case for keeping […]

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A Lunar Corona Above Grand Place in Belgium (Photo)

A colorful lunar corona above Grand Place, in Brussels city, Belgium, in this image by sky photographer Miguel Claro. Credit: Miguel Claro Miguel Claro  is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory Photo Ambassador  and member of The World At […]

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Meet the Next Mars Lander: Getting Insight on NASA's InSight

Technicians huddle near NASA’s InSight Mars lander to give the go-ahead for testing of the craft’s solar arrays. LITTLETON, Colo. – NASA’s next Mars lander is in the final phases of preparation before heading to California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, where it will become the first interplanetary mission ever to launch from that site. The […]

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Juno Probe Completes 10th Science Flyby of Jupiter; Citizens Produce Amazing Images

Jupiter’s swirling cloud tops are made visible in this color-enhanced image by citizen scientist Sarah Liberatore. It was created using raw data from the JunoCam instrument aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft. NASA’s Juno probe completed its 10th science flyby of Jupiter Wednesday (Feb. 7) — its 11th total flyby since its arrival at the Jovian giant […]

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