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Seeing What We Can't Even See: The Pluto Fly-By

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I don't care if you think it's not a "real" planet, distant little Pluto is finally getting its day in the sun as New Horizons sends back data which exceeds the hopes of NASA.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/new-pluto-images-reveal-frozen-...

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EDITORIAL: It is not sinful to go into space

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The other day I was talking to a very Christian guy who felt the whole Pluto thing was a complete and utter waste of time. He said that the Bible mentioned no life in outer space, and it takes place entirely on earth, which means that none of that stuff is of any consequence.

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Real Science: Happy Birthday, Hubble!

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The Hubble space telescope turns 25 this week, and TIME magazine celebrates the world's most famous observatory with a sensitive article and slide show of fifty iconic images taken by the Hubble over the course of its career.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/see-the-50-best-images-taken-by-hubble/ar-AAbv0QW?ocid=mailsignout


 

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Real Science: Orion Successfully Completes First Mission

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While no astronauts were aboard, the souvinir factory was a'churnin'--"Friday's Orion — serial number 001 — lacked seats, cockpit displays and life-support equipment for obvious reasons. Instead, bundles of toys and memorabilia were on board: bits of moon dust; the crew patch worn by Sally Ride, America's first spacewoman; a Capt. James Kirk collector's doll owned by "Star Trek" actor William Shatner, and more."


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BREAKING NEWS: Rocket Explodes On Liftoff At Wallops Island

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An unmanned supply rocket exploded spectacularly seconds after lifting off from the NASA launch facility at Wallops Island, Virginia Tuesday evening.  The cause of the malfunction is not immediately known.  The Antares spacecraft from Orbital was carrying 5000 lbs of payload destined for the International Space Station.


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Putin Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: The Next Space Taxi Generation

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In the increasingly acrimonious relationship between the US and Russia--which is looking more and more like a nasty divorce case with each passing day--the fate of the US involvement with the International Space Station has been cast into doubt, with the US balking at paying the Russians $71 million each time we send an astronaut up on a Russian Soyuz.


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Real Science: NASA Feathers Back Estimate on New Rocket

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I found this article this morning, ironically whilst drinking my coffee from a NASA cup.  The estimate for the debut of the new heavy-lifting rocket, by which NASA hopes to reach Mars, is being pushed back from 2017 to 2018, in order for the space agency to be "70% sure" of its success.


http://news.msn.com/science-technology/nasa-says-new-heavy-lift-rocket-debut-not-likely-until-2018-1


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