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'Star Wars' Celebration Takes Over Toys 'R' Us in NYC's Times Square

NEW YORK – A few hours ago, at a toy store not so far away, sent one of its reporters to eat Wookie cookies, attend “Light Saber Academy,” and meet the owner of the world’s largest “Star Wars” memorabilia collection, in a daylong countdown to “Force Friday.”   Tomorrow (Sept. 3), is “Force Friday”: […]

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'Floating Spoon' on Mars Is Just a Weird Rock, But Still Awesome

Is that really a floating spoon on Mars? No, but this photo from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity this week does show a weird rock that looks like a floating spoon. It was likely sculpted by Martian winds, NASA says.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS A so-called “floating spoon” on Mars spotted by NASA’s Curiosity rover is cooking up a […]

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SpaceX Will Debut Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket on Return to Flight Mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 return-to-flight mission will be the first of an upgraded version with increased performance.Credit: SpaceX PASADENA, Calif. — The return to flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, still a “couple of months” away, will also be the first launch of an upgraded […]

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Some Apollo Moon Samples 'Crumbling to Dust'

An Apollo moon rock sample in the Lunar Sample Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.Credit: Science/AAAS Some of the moon soil collected by Apollo astronauts has deteriorated significantly during its four-plus decades on Earth, a new study reports. Scientists found that the median particle size in a set of 20 different Apollo soil […]

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Wild 'Hitchhiker' Spacecraft Idea Could Harpoon Comets

This artist concept shows Comet Hitchhiker, an idea for traveling between asteroids and comets using a harpoon and tether system.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornelius Dammrich A NASA spacecraft may one day sling itself from one comet or asteroid to another using a harpoon and a superlong tether. That’s the idea behind Comet Hitchhiker, a proposal that received funding […]

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