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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has one final mission, which ends with destruction

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been delivering fantastic views of Saturn and its moons for many years now, and this year it will meet its ultimate fate: incineration in Saturn's atmosphere. The satellite just completed its final flyby of the moon Titan and, thanks to the gravity boost provided by slinging around the moon it is now headed on what is essentially a months-long path that will end with Cassini's complete and utter annihilation.

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Mike Wehner

April 25th

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from Saturn

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NASA and its spectacular space hardware often spend so much time checking out our planetary neighbors that we forget Earth offers some pretty cool photo ops as well. A brand new photo released by NASA is a great reminder of that, and it was shot all the way from Saturn, courtesy of the always reliable Cassini spacecraft just before it's scheduled to begin the most harrowing part of its entire years-long mission.

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Mike Wehner

April 22nd

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Scientists are worried that humanity just keeps sending junk into space

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Space is big and the hardware that humans keep sending into the great beyond is comparatively small, but our habit of letting random bits of space vehicles, boosters, and defunct satellites hang around in orbit is starting to concern scientists more than ever before. Now, the European Space Agency is sounding the alarm and pleading with the space-traveling nations to pitch in and help clean up the estimated 150 million bits of debris with the capability to destroy or damage spacecraft that accidentally collide with them.

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Mike Wehner

April 20th

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New photos show Saturn’s ‘flying saucer’ moon in all its glory

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Just yesterday, NASA announced some incredibly amazing news about the Saturn moon called Enceladus, teasing the possibility that the frozen world could actually support life right now. But Saturn has many moons, and NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been taking some amazing photos of many of them. One of those other moons is called Atlas, and it's a total weirdo.

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Mike Wehner

April 14th

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Jeff Bezos bans space pooping and space barfing on Blue Origin

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If you're one of the very, very wealthy individuals considering dropping a big chunk of change on the chance to fly into space aboard Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin spacecraft you'll be very interested to hear that there will be some pretty strict requirements when it comes to bodily function. As Space.com reports, pooping, peeing, and puking are all off the table for would-be space tourists aboard Blue Origin.

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Mike Wehner

April 13th

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NASA to announce exciting news about ocean planets this week

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NASA makes exciting discoveries about the universe and nearby planets on a regular basis, but the past few months have produced a particularly steady stream of really awesome news about exoplanets, the history of Mars, and the possibility of life outside of Earth. Now, NASA wants to talk about water. More specifically, the agency is planning a news conference for Thursday, April 13th, to reveal "new results about ocean worlds," and if you're one of the many who is waiting for the day where humanity discovers evidence of living creatures not from our planet, you should be paying attention.

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Mike Wehner

April 12th

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A massive asteroid is going to zip past Earth later this month

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The universe never lets us here on Earth go very long before reminding us that we're really just a random dice roll away from global catastrophe. The next timely reminder will happen on April 19th when asteroid 2014 JO25 will cruise by our planet at a relatively safe distance of roughly 1.1 million miles. That distance, while relatively comfortable, is still pretty close, especially when you realize how large the rock actually is.

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Mike Wehner

April 7th

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Stellar echoes, Venusian automatons and more gain NASA moonshot funding

 NASA has announced the recipients of its most recent round of highly experimental projects it deems promising enough to fund. These NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts aren’t guaranteed to go all the way, but are rather sort of low-risk, high potential reward moonshots — science fiction they hope will be more the former than the latter. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 6th

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Astronomers just discovered something awesome about the most Earth-like planet ever found

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Do you like Earth? Yeah, it's pretty neat, huh? Well despite living on a planet as awesome as our own, astronomers are super eager to find more Earths, just for fun. A planet called Gliese 1132 B (GJ 1132b if you feel like making it slightly shorter) is one such planet. It's called a "Super Earth" because it's larger than our own planet, but is thought to be made of similar stuff, and researchers just discovered something extremely awesome that makes GJ 1132b the most Earth-like exoplanet humans have ever found: it has an atmosphere.

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Mike Wehner

April 6th

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Astronomers just discovered something awesome about the most Earth-like planet ever found

exoplanet news

Do you like Earth? Yeah, it's pretty neat, huh? Well despite living on a planet as awesome as our own, astronomers are super eager to find more Earths, just for fun. A planet called Gliese 1132 B (GJ 1132b if you feel like making it slightly shorter) is one such planet. It's called a "Super Earth" because it's larger than our own planet, but is thought to be made of similar stuff, and researchers just discovered something extremely awesome that makes GJ 1132b the most Earth-like exoplanet humans have ever found: it has an atmosphere.

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Mike Wehner

April 6th

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