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Russian Cargo Ship Destroyed En Route to the ISS

Earlier today, an unmanned Russian Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft broke up in the atmosphere and crashed over Siberia while making its way to the International Space Station.

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George Dvorsky

December 1st

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Someone is planning a trip back to the Apollo moon landing site, but it isn’t NASA

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The Apollo 17 landing site is the last place where humans hung out on the Moon, and now we're going back. Well, not us exactly, but a couple of fancy robots may soon get the chance to cruise around the historic landscape and check out all the junk we silly meat creatures left behind.

PTScientists, a Berlin-based group, is teaming up with private launch company Spaceflight in a contract that would send a rover-toting lander to the Moon. But sending robots to the moon isn't the team's only aim; there's also the matter of winning Google's Lunar XPRIZE.

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Mike Wehner

December 1st

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Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom for computing advances

"Grace Hopper, American Computer Scientist" President Obama awarded the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to a batch of 21 deserving recipients, among them computing pioneers Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 17th

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This Star Is the Roundest Celestial Object Ever Measured

Stars are not perfect spheres owing to centrifugal force. But there’s a star about 5,000 light-years from here that scientists now say is the roundest natural object ever measured in the universe.

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George Dvorsky

November 17th

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3D-printed satellite launcher heads to ISS with blessing of Chris Hadfield and Grant Imahara

spinoff_femto If you could print something out aboard the International Space Station, what would it be? That was the question posed to engineers and enthusiasts in the ISS Design Competition, and the winner — a clever and powerful device for launching palm-size satellites — will actually be getting beamed up. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 7th

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This amazing torrent-powered site lets you explore our galaxy in 3D

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Oh, the wonders of the internet. There's so much buried treasure out there that it's impossible to find it all... which is why the Internet is Beautiful subreddit on Reddit is such a great resource. People head there (somewhat infrequently, sadly) to dump fun and interesting sites they find around the web, and this incredible site built by programmer and designer Charlie Hoey definitely fits the bill.

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Zach Epstein

October 19th

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Project Blue aims to snap the first picture of an exoplanet in Alpha Centauri

project_blue_logo Exoplanets are the talk of the solar system this year, but as exciting as they are, their existence (as is often the case in astronomy) is more inference than direct observation. A new private effort known as Project Blue hopes to change that with a satellite built for a single purpose: to directly image an exoplanet in the Alpha Centauri system. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 11th

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Out with a bang: Rosetta crashes into comet

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After a journey of billions of miles and a historic cosmic rendezvous, the Rosetta spacecraft met its end after a “controlled impact” with the comet it had been studying. The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed a loss of signal from the probe on Friday at 1:19 pm, Central European Summer Time. The maneuver to slowly crash the craft was deliberate— a way to study the comet up close at the tail end of the mission.

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FoxNews.com

September 30th

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A robot learns to cope with the loss of an eye in an experiment carried out on the ISS

stereo_camera_on_iss_drone Humans are pretty good at ballparking distances, even with one eye closed — but it turns out computer vision systems have a hard time with it. Researchers hope to fix that, or at least make robots a little more robust, by teaching them to navigate a space without the benefit of stereo vision — in zero gravity, to boot. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 28th

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Musk says under 5 percent of SpaceX is working on Mars mission, 2024 launch is ‘optimistic’

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-5-03-02-pm Elon Musk has a plan to colonize Mars, but he’s not rushing it. In a conference call following the SpaceX CEO’s presentation today at the International Astronautical Conference, Musk noted that the project is still essentially a hobby at the company, drawing only a fraction of its efforts. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 27th

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