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Full moon: The final full “Cold Moon” of the decade will light up the sky at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12

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December’s full moon is marking the end of the decade in a unique way. It will reach peak fullness at 12:12 a.m. Eastern time on the 12th day of the 12th month of the year, according to NASA. The full moon each December is sometimes known as the “Cold Moon,”...
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Full moon: The final full “Cold Moon” of the decade will light up the sky at 12:12 a.m. on 12/12

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December’s full moon is marking the end of the decade in a unique way. It will reach peak fullness at 12:12 a.m. Eastern time on the 12th day of the 12th month of the year, according to NASA. The full moon each December is sometimes known as the “Cold Moon,”...
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SpaceX launch today: SpaceX set to launch Dragon cargo ship to International Space Station after high winds cause delay – watch live stream

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With better weather expected, SpaceX engineers readied a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship for launch Thursday on a three-day flight to deliver crew supplies, spare parts and research material, including 40 mice, to the International Space Station. Also on board: Christmas presents and fresh fruit for the lab’s...
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Spacewalk: Astronauts set to replace coolant pumps on $2 billion cosmic ray detector

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After prepping their patient — a $2 billion cosmic ray detector — during two earlier spacewalks, two astronauts are set to operate during a third outing Monday, performing what amounts to transplant surgery by installing replacement coolant pumps. The work requires European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA crewmate...
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Jeff Goldblum on his debut in New York City, exploring the world in new show “The World According to Jeff Goldblum”

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Jeff Goldblum first came to New York City when he was 17 years old to study acting at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse. Soon after, he made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and has since starred in many major films including “Jurassic Park,” “The...
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Leonids meteor shower 2019 will light up the sky this weekend. Here’s how to watch

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Colorful shooting stars will soon streak across the night sky during one of the most famous annual meteor displays. The Leonids meteor shower is expected to peak Sunday night into Monday morning, November 17-18.  What are the Leonids?  The Leonid meteor shower occurs every year when Earth passes through a...
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Spacewalk today: Astronauts at International Space Station take on one of the most complex spacewalks ever

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After four years of brainstorming, custom tool development and training, two astronauts plan to venture outside the International Space Station Friday for the first of four spacewalks to repair a $2 billion cosmic ray detector. The excursions are considered the most challenging since work to service the Hubble Space Telescope....
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Mercury retrograde: Planet passes directly between Earth and the sun today

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Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show, parading across the sun in view of most of the world. The solar system’s smallest, innermost planet will resemble a tiny black dot Monday as it passes directly between Earth and the sun. It began at 7:35 a.m. EST. The entire 5...
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Moon rock: NASA opens untouched Apollo moon rock sample sealed for more than 40 years

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In December 1972, astronauts on the Apollo 17 lunar mission returned to Earth with samples of rock and soil from the moon. On Tuesday, NASA scientists opened a sample that had been sealed and untouched for more than 40 years.  The pristine sample of rock and regolith was opened on Tuesday...
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Boeing submits Artemis lunar lander proposal to NASA

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Two weeks after a team led by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin unveiled plans for a lunar lander, Boeing submitted its own proposal to NASA on Tuesday, offering a spacecraft that would launch atop the company’s powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and carry astronauts to and from the moon’s surface...
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Boeing Starliner launch: Boeing readies CST-100 Starliner capsule for critical launch abort test Monday morning

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Simulating a catastrophic failure, Boeing is gearing up to fire an unpiloted Starliner crew capsule’s abort engines Monday morning, triggering a high-speed boost from ground level to a height of more than 4,000 feet to prove the spacecraft can safely propel a crew to safety in the event of a...
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An oven is heading to space so astronauts can bake cookies

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An upgraded Northrop Grumman Antares rocket roared to life and vaulted into orbit Saturday for a flight to deliver 3.7 tons of crew supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. The Cygnus supply ship launched atop the Antares is carrying gear needed for up to five complex spacewalks to...
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Moon water: NASA’s new lunar rover VIPER will search for water on the moon

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NASA wants to explore the moon‘s mysterious South Pole, and it’s sending a new rover to do it. The VIPER will land in 2022 in search of water on the lunar surface.  The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover — or VIPER — will take samples of moon soil, looking for...
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All-female spacewalk: Watch live stream of NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Jessica Meir EVA at International Space Station today

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Watch a live stream of the spacewalk beginning at about 7:50 a.m. ET Friday in the video player above. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, soaring 260 miles above a wave of public interest, gear up for history’s first all-female spacewalk Friday morning. The first two-woman EVA, or extravehicular activity,...
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What It Was Like to Become the First Woman to Pilot and Command a Space Shuttle | At the Smithsonian

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“Houston, Columbia. Wheels down,” said Col. Eileen Collins, 20 years ago, just as the space-shuttle mission she’d commanded landed smoothly at the Kennedy Space Center. Over the crackly radio, a NASA colleague congratulated her and the team for its “outstanding” five-day mission. They’d successfully launched Chandra, the world’s most powerful...
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First all-female spacewalk: NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir to conduct EVA this week at International Space Station

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Two NASA astronauts will take part in the first all-female spacewalk this week, a critical outing to restore lost power in the wake of an equipment failure that cropped up after new batteries were installed in the International Space Station’s solar power system during two recent spacewalks. Astronauts Christina Koch,...
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Gender equality: All-women Delta crew flies 120 girls to NASA space center to encourage female aviators

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A recent Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Houston was a bit out of the ordinary. A plane operated entirely by women flew 120 young girls to NASA’s headquarters to celebrate International Girls in Aviation Day.  The passengers on Delta’s fifth-annual WING flight — “Woman Inspiring our Next Generation”...

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