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Scientists Analyze The Inside Of An Asteroid For The First Time

Do you know what’s inside of an asteroid? Probably some rock things, would be my best guess. For the first time scientists have analysis of the interior of an asteroid, the peanut shaped Itokawa to be precise. It’s been discovered that the space rock is composed of varying layers of density

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Here's Your Chance to Buy the Only Camera to Return From the Moon

If you’re a space geek and have a few hundred thousand dollars lying around the house, you might want to book a ticket to Austria.

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Scientists Can Now Measure The Universe With One Percent Accuracy

The universe is a vast place, so much so that scientists don’t know with precision how big. Decades ago discussion of distances and size varied by up to 50%, but today scientists are capable of measuring the universe with an accuracy of 1%. That’s a huge leap forward, and when you’re talking a universal scale dropping from 2% a year ago to 1% means light years of difference.

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Check Out This Incredible, Overwhelming Image Of A Star Being Born

There is no way to understand how large and how beautiful space is. Earth is nothing more than a drop in its giant bucket. From exploding stars to the formation of galaxies to the birth of life forms, chances are something more visually stunning than anything we’ve ever seen before is happening every single second. Because of our technological limitations, we aren’t able to see an overwhelming majority of it, but every once in a while, we get lucky enough to see a small little sliver.

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Justin Bieber Wants To Shoot A Music Video In Space

If you could drop the $225,000 to nab a seat into space, would you? The answer for pop singer Justin Bieber is a resounding yes. Earlier this week Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson took the young man’s money and set him up on a list to become one of the first people (read: celebrities) to travel into space.

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Bra Designers Will Create Spacesuits For NASA In Warner Bros.' Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo' Adaptation

Spacesuit tells the unique true story about a team of bra and girdle designers from Playtex, led by a former TV repairman, a car mechanic and a “crew of spirited seamstresses,” did what NASA couldn’t and successfully designed a working spacesuit.

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Watch Chris Hadfield Cover Space Oddity Inside The International Space Station

With the help of a guitar and one of the greatest songs ever written, Hadfield covered David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and created the music video embedded above. Obviously, there’s nothing cooler than all of the shots outside the window of Earth and particularly all of the lights on Earth, but the scenes inside the ISS are pretty great too, particularly the shots of the guitar slowly floating away and spinning.

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EKG From Neil Armstrong's Famous Walk On The Moon To Be Sold At Auction

There's a strange piece of astronaut history an auction house in New Hampshire is prepping to sell. Later this month, RR Auctions will sell over 85 lots of space and aviation memorabilia, including an EKG reading of Neil Armstrong’s heartbeat when he stepped on the moon.

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NASA Will Pay Russia $70 Million Per Astronaut To Be USA's Taxi

The United States and Russia might not always see eye-to-eye when it comes to world affairs on Earth, but out in space, the longtime bromance is set to continue, at least through 2017. This week, NASA announced a $424 million deal with the Motherland to use their Soyuz space capsules to fly our astronauts up to the International Space Station in 2016 and 2017.

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Science Experts: We Need To Clean Up Space Debris ASAP

Earth’s orbital field has started to look like a hillbilly’s front yard, and if we’re don’t start cleaning up the clutter now, the junk will start crashing into each other, causing extensive damage to the things we actually want up there. That’s the report coming out of this month’s four day space conference in Darmstadt, Germany, and to be quiet honest, the figures themselves are perhaps even more alarming.

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Watch What Happens When A Man Wrings Out A Wet Towel In Space

Conceived by 10th graders Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, the girls won a science competition thanks to an experiment in which they hypothesized water would not wring out of a towel in space because of surface tension. As an extremely affable dude, Hadfield volunteered to try out the water experiment in space

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Watch What Happens When A Man Cries In Space

Unlike in baseball, crying is allowed in space. That doesn’t mean it’s overly advisable, however. Thanks to the utterly foreign physics of traveling outside Earth’s atmosphere, tears don’t fall in space. They just accumulate on the face, forming goofy blobs of water beneath the eyes that are the opposite of sadness.

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Optimism: A Crazy Percentage Of Americans Think We’ll Walk On Mars By 2033

Earlier this month, the fine people over at Phillips & Company asked a diverse sample pool of more than one thousand Americans whether a human being will walk on Mars within the next two decades. More than seventy percent responded with confidence that we will put a footprint on the Red Planet by 2033, which is likely a whole lot more optimism than a similar survey given to just scientists would have come back with.

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Middle School Rocket Launch: Hello Kitty Gets A Free Ride Into Space

A seventh grade experiment at Cornerstone Christian School in Antioch, CA led a young woman to embark on an ambitious science project recently. Lauren Rojas wanted to create a homemade rocket and see if she could launch it into space. However, she also wanted her homemade rocket to be special and to feature a little bit of her own loves and passions. Thus, she decided to strap up a Hello Kitty doll and send it into space, as well.

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Safe! NASA Says Asteroid Will Not Hit Us In 2036

At some point in the Earth’s future, it’s highly likely an asteroid will collide with the surface, but if scientists are to be believed, that point in the future will not occur in 2036. After a new round of study and some coordinate adjustments, NASA experts have reduced the chances of the asteroid Apophis hitting us from highly unlikely to less than one in a million.

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Nostrils And What Space Smells Like Explained In New Video

In his newest video, Vsauce is back and explaining some science. His latest, “Why Do We Have Two Nostrils” explores the concept of human noses, using comparisons between ears and eyes to illustrate why having two nostrils is as important as some of the human body's other multiples.

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Neil Armstrong Gone At 82

Running out of fuel and facing the possibility of dying in space, Neil Armstrong calmly turned off the autopilot and put the Eagle down on the moon himself. Minutes later, he inspired millions by becoming the first human being to touch down on the lunar surface. The giant leap for mankind turned him into an instant star, but that’s never what Armstrong wanted to be.

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Curiosity Rover Lands On Mars, But Was It Worth The Money?

NASA scientists might be known for rigorous calculations and superior IQs, but inside their version of the war room a few hours ago, it looked more like a boozy New Year’s Eve party than a stuffy, white collar office. There were hugs, laughs, smiles and a blatant disregard for commands being shouted by bosses thanks to the safe landing of the Curiosity rover.

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Study Finds More Vampire Stars Than Expected

Massive O stars might account for less than one percent of all total stars in the galaxy, but it seems most of those that do exist have very turbulent relationships with their neighbor. Scientists in Chile have spent the past few years studying the very bright and very hot phenomena, and they’ve found almost three-quarters are involved in vampire-like relationships in which they’re either sucking gas from their orbital partner

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Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Gone At 61

In 1978, NASA placed an advertisement in a newspaper seeking applicants for its space program. More than eight thousand applied, and out of that group, thirty-five were chosen. Few, if any, were more qualified than Sally Ride. She had a PhD from Stanford in physics and a dream to head into space. Five years later, she got her chance, becoming the first American woman and youngest member of the NASA program ever to orbit around the Earth.

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