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A NASA astronaut launched a model rocket on eve of his own historic SpaceX launch, Hanneke Weitering,

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NASA astronaut Bob Behnken takes a selfie with a model rocket launching from Florida’s Atlantic coast on May 26, 2020. (Image credit: Bob Behnken/NASA/Twitter) On the eve of his historic launch on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, NASA astronaut Bob Behnken got ready for the big day by launching a rocket of his own — one that’s nowhere near the …

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NASA is having a virtual ‘Launch America’ social for historic SpaceX flight. (Yes, you’re invited), Elizabeth Howell,

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NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (left) and Doug Hurley give a thumbs up after arriving at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center ahead of SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, on May 20, 2020. (Image credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA) NASA is ready to virtually host thousands of excited people for America’s first launch of astronauts from United States soil to orbit since 2011. The agency will host …

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Comet SWAN: A brilliant ‘icy wanderer’ in photos, Staff,

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Image 1 of 15 (Image credit: Courtesy of Gerald Rhemann) Meet Comet SWAN Comet C/2020 F8 SWAN was discovered in early April 2020, when amateur astronomer Michael Mattiazzo spotted it in images captured by NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory on March 25. It has since brightened just enough for skywatchers to spot it with the naked eye under dark, clear …

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SpaceX postpones Starlink satellite fleet launch due to Tropical Storm Arthur, Chelsea Gohd,

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SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next batch of Starlink internet satellites due to weather fallout from Tropical Storm Arthur. The Starlink flight, which will loft 60 new satellites for SpaceX’s growing megaconstellation from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, will now lift off after the company’s planned Demo-2 mission on May 27. “Standing down from the Starlink …

Satellites see Tropical Storm Arthur, the Atlantic’s 1st named storm of 2020, from space, Meghan Bartels,

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Satellites have spotted the first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arthur, swirling off the coast of North Carolina. Stunning views of the storm released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) yesterday and today (May 17 and 18) show Arthur churning in the Atlantic Ocean as it made its way north off the …

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Pictures from space! Our image of the day, Staff,

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Space can be a wondrous place, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it! Take a look at our favorite pictures from space here, and if you’re wondering what happened today in space history don’t miss our On This Day in Space video show here! Hubble eyes a two-armed galaxy (Image credit: ESA/NASA.Hubble/A. Riess et al.) Friday, May 8, 2020: …

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China’s new space capsule lands safely to end 1st uncrewed test flight, Meghan Bartels,

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China’s next-generation crew capsule successfully returned to Earth today (May 8) after nearly three days in orbit. The capsule, which has not yet been named, launched on a Long March 5B rocket on May 5 on an uncrewed test flight that represents an important step toward China’s goal of building a space station in orbit. The capsule landed today at …

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Astronaut-led video tour reveals details in ‘For All Mankind’ moon base, Robert Z. Pearlman,

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A real astronaut leads the tour of a fictional moon base packed with references to real-life space history in a newly-released video by Apple. Former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, who logged more than 90 of his 107 days in space on board the International Space Station, hosts the virtual tour of Jamestown moon base, or rather the set for such, …

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Dead Cassini spacecraft could solve mystery of Saturn’s hot atmosphere, Elizabeth Howell,

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A spacecraft that died in 2017 is still providing insights about Saturn, the planet it studied up close for 13 years. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft helped scientists to discover why Saturn’s upper atmosphere is so hot, which puzzled planetary scientists for decades since the planet is too far from the sun to receive our star’s heat. But, using old data from …