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Here’s why NASA is launching bacteria into the eclipse on balloons

As you may have heard, there’s a little thing called the Great American Solar Eclipse coming up next week , and while most people are excited because it will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible across the…

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The Sun’s core spins four times faster than its surface

For decades, astronomers have wondered if the sun’s core spins faster than its surface, and now, thanks to an international team of scientists, they have the answer: the interior makes a complete rotation in one week, which is 3.8 times…

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Fourth grader applies to become NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer

When NASA announced recently that it was seeking applicants for a new Planetary Protection Officer position – someone to keep Earth safe from alien microbes and other worlds from being contaminated by terrestrial organisms – there was no doubt that…

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NASA seeking Planetary Protection Officer – no tinfoil hat required!

If you’ve ever wanted to safeguard the Earth from the threat of the alien menace, or ensure that humanity doesn’t proliferate throughout the galaxy carelessly contaminating everything in comes in contact with – all while making a six-figure salary –…

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Thieves swipe moon lander replica from Armstrong museum

A solid-gold replica of the moon lander that carried Neil Armstrong to the lunar surface in 1969 was stolen from a museum in his hometown last Friday, just days after a bag used by the Apollo 11 astronaut to collect…

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Have researchers finally found the first-ever exomoon?

While astronomers have located more than 1,000 verified exoplanets and several thousand other potential candidates, they have yet to find a confirmed exomoon, but now, a new study posted to the arXiv prepublication server could provide evidence of the first…

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The Moon is full of water, new study finds

A new analysis of satellite data has found several ancient volcanic deposits on the lunar surface that are filled with unexpectedly high amounts of water in comparison to the surrounding terrain, suggesting that the moon’s interior could contain far more…

The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag

Neil Armstrong’s lunar sample bag may set records at auction

A bag used by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect dust and rocks from the lunar surface is expected to bring in an otherworldly sum when it goes up for auction (along with several other pieces of important space memorabilia)…

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VIDEO: NASA releases new Pluto flyover animation

If you’re among the countless space science enthusiasts who wondered what the New Horizons spacecraft’s 2015 flyover of  Pluto might have looked like, you’re in luck – NASA has released a new video that gives all of us an up-close…

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Up-close images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot released

NASA has released stunning new images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot that were captured earlier this week by the US space agency’s Juno spacecraft and which provides an up-close look at what is believed to be the largest and most…