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Believe It Or Not, This Stunning Blue Landscape is a Desert As Seen from Space

by Nancy Atkinson March 31, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter At first glance, this beautiful swirling view appears like clouds above a large body of water or possibly the eddies of ocean currents. Surprisingly, this is a desert, the Kavir desert (Dasht-e Kavir – literally ‘desert of salt-marsh’) in Iran, and […]

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NASA: International Space Station Operations Extended to 2024

by Nancy Atkinson January 8, 2014

NASA announced today that the Obama administration has approved NASA’s request for an extension of operations for the International Space Station for an additional four years to 2024. This means work on board the orbiting laboratory will continue at least for another decade. “I think this is a tremendous announcement for us here in the […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – December 20, 2013: Gaia Launch, Apollo 8 & Emergency Spacewalks

by Fraser Cain December 20, 2013

Host: Fraser Cain Guests: Nicole Gugliucci, Jason Major, Amy Shira Teitel, David Dickinson, Elizabeth Howell Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Spacesuit Leak And Fist Pumps: Ride Along With Astronaut’s Eventful Space Station Mission

by Elizabeth Howell November 29, 2013

The big news around astronaut circles these days is the assignment of Takuya Onishi — from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency — to Expedition 48/49 around June 2016. Onishi is from the class of 2009, and we’re guessing he’d be sure to poll his classmates on how their mission training is going. Well, another of the […]

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How to Spot and Track Satellites

by David Dickinson July 11, 2013

It’s a question we get all the time. Watch the sky closely in the dawn or dusk hours, and you’ll likely see a moving “star” or two sliding by. These are satellites, or  “artificial moons” placed in low Earth orbit. These shine via reflected sunlight as they pass hundreds of kilometres overhead. Remove this ad […]

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