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Completely Clandestine CLIO Climbs through Clouds to Orbit on Mystery Mission


United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO mission for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company launched at 8:10 p.m.

Radiation Blast Delays NASA Spacecraft’s Arrival At Dwarf Planet Ceres


Artist’s conception of the NASA Dawn spacecraft approaching Ceres. Credit: NASA NASA’s Dawn spacecraft experienced technical problems in the past week that will force it to arrive at dwarf planet Ceres one month later than planned, the agency said in a statement yesterday (Sept.

Giveaway: Win a Copy of “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legualt


‘Astrophotography’ by Thierry Legault, now in English. Image courtesy Rocky Nook. A newly published English version of the book, “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legault provides detailed, step-by-step instructions of how to start or improve your photography of astronomical objects.

Surprise! Tiny Galaxy Sports A Huge Black Hole, And There Could Be More Like It


Artist’s conception of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy’s center. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech In a finding that could turn supermassive black hole formation theories upside-down, astronomers have spotted one of these beasts inside a tiny galaxy just 157 light-years across — about 500 times smaller than the Milky Way.

Book Review: Learn from the Master with “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legault


‘Astrophotography’ by Thierry Legault, now in English. Image courtesy Rocky Nook. If you’re looking for detailed, step-by-step instructions of how to start or improve your photography of astronomical objects, look no further.

Boeing and SpaceX Win NASA’s ‘Space Taxi’ Contracts for Space Station Flights


Boeing CST-100 commercial spaceship will launch US astronaut crews from Florida to the International Space Station.

Carnival of Space #371


Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog.

Watch Live as NASA Announces Who Will Fly Astronauts to the Space Station

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA will make a “major announcement” today on the return of human spaceflight launches for the U.S, specifically which commercial space company — or companies — will taxi astronauts to and from the International Space.

Repaired Opportunity Rover Readies For ‘Marathon Valley’ As It Transmits Martian Images


The Opportunity rover is at the west rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars in this image sent on Sol 3,783 in September 2014 — after a successful Flash memory reset.

Glowing Galaxies Shine Above Trance-Like Telescopic Timelapse

We often speak of the discoveries and data flowing from astronomical observatories, which makes it easy to forget the cool factor.

Stalking Uranus: A Complete Guide to the 2014 Opposition Season


Enigmatic Uranus as seen through the automated eyes of Voyager 2 in 1986. (Credit: NASA/JPL). It’s no joke… now is the time to begin searching the much-maligned (and mispronounced) planet Uranus as it reaches opposition in early October leading up to a very special celestial event.

Astronomy Cast Ep. 352: Water, Water Everywhere!

Where ever we find water on Earth we find life. And so, it makes sense to search throughout the Solar System to find water.

Could You Win A Trip To Space? New Group Aims To Use Contest Fees To Support Space Groups, Too


A view of rivers in Montana, USA, from the ISS. Credit: ESA/Luca Parmitano. A new organization aims to send people to space on private spacecraft while supporting worthy causes on Earth at the same time.

New Horizons Sights Tiny Pluto Moon As Spacecraft Races Toward Dwarf Planet


Artist’s conception of the New Horizons spacecraft flying past Pluto and Charon, one of the dwarf planet’s moons.

Martian Ctl-Alt-Del: NASA Resets Opportunity Rover’s Memory, Stopping The Science Hiatus


A self-portrait of the Opportunity rover shortly after dust cleared its solar panels in March 2014. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Comet’s Head Selected as Landing Site for Rosetta’s Historic Philae Lander


Context image showing the location of the primary landing site for Rosetta’s lander Philae. Site J is located on the head of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

NASA Unveils World’s Largest Welder to Build World’s Most Powerful Rocket


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden officially unveils world’s largest welder to start construction of core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at NASA Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, on Sept.

NASA’s First Completed Orion Takes 1st Step on Journey to the Launch Pad


NASA’s Orion EFT 1 crew module departs Neil Armstrong Operation and Checkout Building on Sept. 11, 2014 at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, beginning the long journey to the launch pad and planned liftoff on Dec.

How to Take Great Pictures of the Northern Lights


A group of amateur photographers take pictures of an aurora display from a beach along Lake Superior near Duluth.

Will Aurora Strike Tonight? Here’s What to Expect


A bright arc and pink-topped rays stipple the northern sky and light up the Bowl of the Big Dipper last night around 11:30 p.m.


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