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NASA Astronaut and Russian Cosmonaut Take Flight for Historic Year-Long Space Mission

On Friday (Mar. 27), NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko boarded a Russian Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft and blasted off to the International Space Station, beginning a historic yearlong expedition in space. The pair was joined by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who will stay on the space station for the typical six-month mission. Padalka, who is now on his fifth long-duration flight, will become the new world record holder for most days spent in space after completing this expedition, totaling over 900 days in space.

NASA’s New Prototype for Space Travel: The Super Ball Bot (Video)

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Engineers from NASA are getting creative with robotics. Their new prototype, the “Super Ball Bot”, is made up of a series of metallic rods and cables. This futuristic design makes the robot extremely flexible and gives it the ability to absorb intense impacts while sustaining little to no damage. The Super Ball Bot is modeled off a concept called tensegrity, which allows the robot to change the level of tension in the wire depending on the circumstances. From Wired.com: “It can expand and compress to

NASA Just Released An EPIC 5-Year Time-Lapse of the Sun (Video)

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Five years ago, on February 11, 2010, NASA launched the Solar Dyamics Observatory mission. The SDO satellite’s purpose was to observe the sun at a number of different wavelengths, in hopes that this data could help us better understand the inner-workings of our home star. To mark the fifth anniversary of the mission last week, NASA released an amazing time-lapse video compiling some of SDO’s observations of the sun over the past five years. To create the time-lapse, NASA captured a frame every eight hours for

Astronomers Witness “Tidal Disruption Event” – A Black Hole Tearing A Star Apart (Video)

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Back in 2009, astronomers at the McDonald Observatory in west Texas were scanning the skies with the ROTSE IIIb telescope when suddenly, a bright flash of light appeared out of deep space. The astronomers, who were working as part of the ROTSE Supernova Verification Project (SNVP), had witnessed similar events before, and initially believed that the bright flash was simply a superluminous supernovae – an event they had seen on a number of previous occasions. But as time passed and the astronomers collected more data on

Go Inside the Largest Photo Ever Taken: A 1.5 Billion Pixel Panorama of Andromeda (Video)

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On January 5, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) released one of the most stunning pictures ever taken: a 1.5 billion pixel image of our neighboring galaxy Andromeda. The image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, is the largest and sharpest photo ever taken of the galaxy. The photo measures 40,000 light-years across and contains more than 100 million stars. According to the Hubble website, “This is a cropped version of the full image… You would need more than

New Photo of Europa Shows the Ice-Covered Moon’s Surface in Stunning Detail (Video)

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter since the late 1990’s. Since then, NASA has recorded data, producing stellar imaging of one of Jupiter’s largest moons, Europa. Thanks to many years of observation, astronomers have garnered enough data to depict the Jovian moon (Jovian refers to anything related to Jupiter) in its fullest, most breathtaking form yet! NASA added the photo to its extensive Photo Journal on November 21st. Innovations in optical technology have allowed astronomers to observe Europa in much

NASA’s Orion Spaceship Marks A New Dawn for the American Space Program

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In the Fall of 2012, I witnessed the final flyby of the Space Shuttle. After a long and illustrious career, the Space Shuttle was retiring. After that time, many speculated about the future of NASA and space flight as a whole. Would NASA design the next great vessel with which to explore the galaxy? Or would the task of reaching for the stars fall to private companies and interests? The answer, it turns out, is both. Last month, NASA proudly

Wanderers: An Awe-Inspiring Short Film About Exploring the Universe (Video)

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A thirst for exploration is hard-wired into the human species. Whether its Ferdinand Magellan becoming the first to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, Jacques Cousteau exploring the mysteries of the underwater world, or Steve Fossett circling the globe in 15 days aboard a hot air balloon, humans have, for generations, pushed the limits of exploration. And in just the last 50 years or so, we have begun to explore a new frontier: outer space. In his recent short film

Three ISS Crewmen Returned Safely To Earth Landing In Kazakhstan (Video)

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Three International Space Station (ISS) crewmen returned safely to Earth yesterday, landing just northeast of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. Recovery teams were standing by in the 23-degree temperature as the Russian Soyuz capsule, the same spacecraft the crew rode in to reach the space station on May 28, landed safely back on Earth. The crew included veteran Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, and German flight engineer Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency. From leaving the ISS to landing safely by parachute

Breaking News: NASA’s Unmanned Rocket Explodes During Takeoff (Video)

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Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation’s “Antares” rocket and “Cygnus” cargo spacecraft exploded upon launch at around 6:22 p.m. ET today (Oct. 28). The crafts were being launched from the Wallops Flight Facility, which is locates on Virginia’s Atlantic coast. The rocket (which was fortunately unmanned) was contracted by NASA to deliver roughly 5,000 pounds of gear to the International Space Station. Below is a video of the incident… Orbital Sciences and California-based aerospace company SpaceX have helped keep the ISS supplied with cargo since

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