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John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth: 1921-2016

Godspeed, John Glenn.

19 hours ago from Discover Magazine

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Early US astronauts faced uncertainty, danger and death

John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962, but for a solid hour of that journey, NASA feared he was about to die in a blazing fireball.

15 hours ago from

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Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk

Japan launches a cargo ship carrying a space junk collector designed to gather debris in space.

20 hours ago from BBC News

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Oh My God, NASA Launched a GIPHY Page and It's Glorious

You love space gifs. Your weird engineering buddy loves space gifs. So it was only a matter of time before NASA, the fun-loving government agency with a mission to make sure everybody on this ...

22 hours ago from Gizmodo

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Japan launches much-needed supplies to space station

A Japanese capsule blasted off with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station on Friday, a week after a Russian shipment was destroyed shortly after liftoff.

21 hours ago from

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ESA's Mars Express takes stunning images of Mawrth Vallis

Based on images taken by ESA’s Mars Express, it shows a flight over Mawrth Vallis, a 600 km-long, 2 km-deep outflow channel at the boundary of the southern highlands and the northern lowlands ...

15 hours ago from Daily Mail

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Home sweet home for US Navy's largest ever destroyer

The US Navy's largest and most technologically advanced destroyer, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived at its new homeport of San Diego, California today. The first-in-class warship ...

Fri 9 Dec 16 from Gizmag

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Buzz Aldrin leaves New Zealand after South Pole evacuation

Buzz Aldrin was discharged from a New Zealand hospital on Friday and appeared to be heading home, a week after he was evacuated from the South Pole for medical reasons.

Fri 9 Dec 16 from

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Teaching an old satellite new tricks

XMM-Newton is one of Europe's longest-flying and most productive orbiting observatories, investigating the hot X-ray Universe. Thanks to teamwork and technical innovation, it's on track to keep ...

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NASA scientists see asteroid through the eyes of a robot

Retrieving an asteroid sample is no easy task. Doing the job blindfolded is even more challenging. That's why scientists equipped the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft with a set of eyes to watch it all ...

Thu 8 Dec 16 from

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