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Peace and Progress Aboard the International Space Station

This year the International Space Station turns 20. Astronaut Nicole Stott reflects on her time aboard the station, what it means for science, and what it means for humanity.


June 23, 2020
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Wiley Post and His Adventures at the Edge of Space

Join us for this special episode of the Supercluster Podcast as we look back into aviation history to bring you the incredible story of legendary American aviator Wiley Post.


June 18, 2020
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Crew Dragon in Photos

Crew Dragon's stunning launch, and Falcon 9's triumphant return from its first human mission.


June 04, 2020
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A Computer Game is Helping Make Space for Everyone

Kerbal’s Developers built a space program for the rest of us.


June 03, 2020
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Keeping Millions of People Connected to the Space Station

With 3.1M following the ISS Twitter account, Leah Cheshier and her team at Johnson Space Center have a massive audience that depends on them for the latest space news


May 26, 2020
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SpaceX Will Return Human Spaceflight to American Soil

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley stand on the precipice of history, like so many space explorers before them.


May 25, 2020
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Space Fan Stuck At Home Survival Kit

It's not a ticket on Starship, but hopefully this library of wallpapers, zoom backgrounds, and a collection of greatest hits reminds you what life will be like when we're back under the stars.


May 21, 2020
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Learning to Live and Work off Planet

Experiments at the International Space Station have paved the way to Mars and beyond


May 18, 2020
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The Significance of Baking Cookies in Space

Satiating astronauts’ deepest food desires—from freshly baked cookies to crisp apples—is an exciting frontier for those whose jobs it is to prepare and launch more palatable foods to space.


May 04, 2020
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Earth Day at Kennedy Space Center

During this year's Earth Day, SpaceX successfully launched a new batch of Starlink satellites on a reusable Falcon 9 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.


April 29, 2020
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The Search for Rare Species of Aurora

From China and Japan to Scandinavia and beyond, people from all over the planet have their own supernatural interpretations of the aurorae.


April 24, 2020
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Virgin Orbit's Final Dress Rehearsal

Virgin Orbit performed their final development test while manufacturing ventilators in the fight against COVID-19. Supercluster's Pauline Acalin was there.


April 14, 2020
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A Group of Scientists Studying Distant Galaxies Needs Your Brain

You can learn a lot about a galaxy by tracing its arms. Like how fast it spins, how much dark matter it contains, or even whether a rare black hole lurks at its core.


April 10, 2020
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What Astronomers Really Think of Astrology Apps

Astrology is a 2 billion dollar business, and the most popular apps crunch data directly from NASA. So what do astronomers think of these high tech horoscopes?


April 07, 2020
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The First Space Force Mission

On Thursday, March 26th at 4:18 pm Eastern time, ULA fired off the Atlas V from Cape Canaveral on its first mission for the newly established Space Force. Supercluster was there.


March 30, 2020
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Every Rocket Launch, All Over The World, In Your Pocket

The Supercluster launch tracker is now available for iOS and Android. Get mission info, countdowns, livestreams, viewing locations and customized launch alerts


March 30, 2020
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Spreading Our Ashes Through The Cosmos

The story of Celestis, a company that offers a different kind of memorial — launching the ashes of your deceased love ones into space. Featuring Celestis CEO Charles Chafer.


March 20, 2020
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Fighting to Preserve Human History on the Moon

Could space tourism pose a threat to the Apollo landing sites?


March 17, 2020
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Listening for Aliens with Laser Light

In the shadow of Mount Hopkins, four giant, segmented mirrors stare at the night sky.


March 10, 2020
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From NASA's Archives: The Crash in the Desert

In late 1984, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration intentionally crashed a remote-controlled Boeing 720 passenger jet (filled with crash-test dummies) in the Mojave Desert.


February 28, 2020
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Bill Nye Loves LightSail 2

Solar Sail technology fascinated Bill Nye for decades. Now, with Planetary Society, he is helping to make it a reality.


February 24, 2020
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Saying I Do Among the Stars

A literally star-studded wedding might sound romantic, but it’s not without its legal challenges.


February 14, 2020
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Star Trek’s Most Significant Legacy: Diversity

Star Trek has changed the pop culture landscape in many ways since it first aired in 1966. It’s hard to pinpoint any other franchise that has so fundamentally impacted our world.


February 11, 2020
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'90s Disaster Movies Might Actually Save The Planet

The year before Armageddon came out, Hale-Bopp whizzed past earth. I remember standing barefoot on the deck behind our ranch-style house in the suburbs, watching the comet's glow.


January 29, 2020
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The Cold War Plan to Build Earth's Largest Telescope

There is little evidence the Sugar Grove telescope ever existed. The only clues that construction ever began are a few steel struts rising from an anonymous concrete pad.


January 13, 2020
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How to Catch a Fish From Space

Satellite fishing maps take much of the guesswork out of the where-to-go-to-find-fish equation.


December 17, 2019
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NASA Enlists Brave Rodent Avatars to Further Space Travel

SpaceX flew 40 Mice to the ISS for NASA. The group will help us further understand the effects of space travel on human physiology and biology.


December 04, 2019

The Handshake in Space

The amazing story of the Apollo Soyuz Test Project, the first time the USA and Soviet Union worked together on a cooperative mission in outer space.


December 02, 2019
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Habitable Worlds Require Prime Galactic Real Estate

In the 1970s astronomers started asking “Why is our Solar System in this part of the Milky Way, and not somewhere else?”


November 27, 2019
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Demystifying Space Force

A closer look at the latest addition to America's armed forces ― which, no, will not resemble Star Trek.


November 18, 2019
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The Battle For Mauna Kea

Ancient Hawaiian law prohibited anyone but tribal leaders from ascending Mauna Kea. But today you'll see hardhats, bulldozers, and protesters decrying the desecration of native land.


November 07, 2019
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Ruins of The Space Coast

America’s rocket launch program began at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the 1950s. We were given the chance to visit these launch sites and explore 60+ years of the base's rich history.


October 29, 2019
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Studying the Cosmic Dark Ages With Parts From Your Hardware Store

Shining a light on the Cosmic Dark Ages, with plumbing parts and chicken wire.


October 21, 2019
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The Road to Mars Passes Through Boca Chica

Boca Chica, Texas exists in some nexus between the United States, Mexico, and now, Mars.


October 01, 2019
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Elon Musk Reveals Starship in Boca Chica, Texas

Elon Musk reveals a Starship prototype in Texas: a massive rocket, seemingly inspired by the Tintin cartoons from the 1950s, that SpaceX will use to launch humans to deep space.


September 27, 2019
podcast

Your Travel Guide to Raiding Area 51

It's probably not a great idea to launch a citizen's raid on Area 51. However, if you do, don't leave home without the Supercluster Area 51 Guide.


September 20, 2019
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How to Explore The Cosmos from Your Own Backyard

You don’t need government funding to take a great photo of the cosmos.


September 13, 2019
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How Star Trek Predicts Our Future

A discussion on the mythology of Star Trek and its impact on human space exploration.


September 06, 2019
podcast

The Supercluster Podcast: Water Bears Might Now Occupy the Moon

Tardigrades––tiny but extremely tough creatures––were snuck aboard the Beresheet Israeli lunar lander and may have survived their crash landing on the moon.


August 27, 2019
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