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SpaceX Leases Historic Launch Complex 39A from NASA for new Era of Commercial Space Launches

by Ken Kremer April 16, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The keys to NASA’s historic launch Pad 39A that propelled humanity’s first man to walk on the Moon – Neil Armstrong – during the history making flight of Apollo 11, have been handed over to new owners, namely the private aerospace […]

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NASA Extends LADEE Dust Explorer for Bonus Lunar Science

by Ken Kremer February 4, 2014

LADEE, NASA’s latest lunar orbiter, is getting a new lease on life and will live a little longer to study the mysteries of the body’s tenuous atmosphere, or exosphere, and make surprising new discoveries while hugging Earth’s nearest neighbor even tighter than ever before, the team told Universe Today. NASA has announced that the Lunar […]

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1st 360 Degree Color Panorama from China’s Chang’e-3 Lunar Lander

by Ken Kremer January 19, 2014

Chinese space officials have at last released much higher quality versions of the 1st color imagery captured by China’s first spacecraft to soft land on the surface of the Earth’s Moon; Chang’e-3. For the enjoyment of space enthusiasts worldwide, we have assembled the newly released imagery to create the ‘1st 360 Degree Color Panorama from […]

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Three-Meter Asteroid Hits Earth’s Atmosphere… Somewhere

by Jason Major January 2, 2014

This was very likely the last trip around the Sun for the Earth-crossing asteroid 2014 AA, according to calculations by several teams of astronomers and published online earlier today on the IAU’s Minor Planet Center. Discovered just yesterday by the Catalina Sky Survey, the estimated 3-meter-wide Apollo asteroid was supposed to clear Earth today by […]

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See the Apollo 8 “Earthrise” in a Whole New Way

by Nancy Atkinson December 20, 2013

One of the most famous images from the history of spaceflight is the picture taken by the crew of Apollo 8 of the “Earthrise” — the first color picture of taken of Earth as it became visible as the spacecraft came from behind the farside of the Moon. The photo was taken 45 years ago […]

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