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The Euphoria of Touching Mars

Where the rover leads, humans will follow—sooner than any of us think.


February 22, 2021
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The History and Future of the Term "Astronaut"

Why American, European, Canadian, and Japanese space travelers are called 'astronauts' is a little mystifying — and a little lost to history.


February 16, 2021
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It Might Be Aliens

Oumuamua is the first known interstellar object to enter our solar system. Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb suggests it could be the remnants of an alien solar sail.


February 02, 2021
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Analyzing Data from 5 Million SETI@home Users

In March of 2020, SETI@home went quiet. But after twenty years, the project is only just beginning.


February 01, 2021
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A 4.5-Billion-Year Journey to the White House

The moon rock that now sits in President Biden's Oval Office has a (very) long and storied history.


January 26, 2021
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The Ugly Bargain Behind NASA’s SLS Rocket

In 2008, of all NASA’s programs, the one most troubling to Lori Garver was Constellation. Billed in 2004 as "Apollo on steroids," the program was a long-term, station-moon-Mars plan for human spaceflight.


January 26, 2021
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South Texas is Where Starships are Born

SpaceX is preparing the Starship SN9 prototype for launch


January 22, 2021
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Citizen Scientists Help Find Rare Black Holes

Spiral Graph is a citizen science project hunting distant spiral galaxies for a mysterious and rare species of black hole.


January 14, 2021
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The ISS's Platform for Cooperation Will Outlive the Station Itself

Construction on the ISS marked the end of another era: The Space Race.


January 11, 2021
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NASA's Unsung Heroes: Biomedical Engineers

When things go sideways, NASA turns to its biomedical engineers, who are responsible for developing systems that safeguard our space explorers in orbit.


January 11, 2021
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David Oyelowo & Astronaut Alvin Drew Share their Space Adventures

Two-time Space Shuttle astronaut Alvin Drew is joined by Selma and Lincoln alum David Oyelowo to discuss space exploration, culture, and David's new Netflix movie, The Midnight Sky.


December 23, 2020

The Great Conjunction

The Saturn and Jupiter Systems converge in the night sky.


December 22, 2020
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The Station

From pulp science fiction, to political squabbles, to grand visions and human tragedy, the Station is our short documentary on the history and future of the ISS — our improbable, fantastical home amongst the stars.


December 17, 2020
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Felicity Jones & Astronaut Nicole Stott Compare Space Notes

Actress Felicity Jones and Astronaut Nicole Stott share a love for space and discovery.


December 15, 2020
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The First Flight of the New Cargo Dragon

SpaceX launches its 21st resupply run to the international space station for NASA.


December 08, 2020

The Myth and Wonder of the Moon Endures

Cathy Ang, star of Netflix’ Over the Moon, on what drew her to a story of lunar goddesses and garage-built rocket ships.


December 08, 2020
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What it Means to Lose Arecibo

We haven’t just lost a great observatory. We’ve lost an iconic structure in the midst of mountains and jungle, from where we first reached out to the Universe to say hello.


December 02, 2020
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We Were Promised Cosmic Cocktails

A brief history of boozing in low Earth orbit.


November 30, 2020
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SpaceX Lands in California After Ocean Satellite Launch

SpaceX Launches an ocean-monitoring satellite for NASA and its European partners.


November 24, 2020
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The Flight of Resilience

SpaceX performs the first privately-flown crew rotation to the International Space Station.


November 17, 2020
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Supercluster Explains Season One

Supercluster Explains is our ongoing series of experimental animated shorts. Each episode tackles one of our favorite mind bending space concepts in 60 seconds or less.


November 17, 2020
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NASA's Kathy Lueders Oversees a New Era of Human Spaceflight

Going to space changes the way people view Earth. The more people who can have that experience, the better.


November 12, 2020
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Meet Leah Cheshier, Host of the Crew-1 Launch Livestream

Johnson Space Center Communications Specialist Leah Cheshier heads to SpaceX headquarters to host a livestream of NASA's next crew launch to the space station.


November 11, 2020
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The Occult History Behind NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jack Parsons was one of the most influential figures in the history of the American space program. He was also a Marxist, stood accused of espionage, and held a deep fascination with the occult.


November 10, 2020
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Falcon 9 Soars Over Florida's Space Coast

SpaceX launches a fourth GPS-III satellite for the U.S Space Force from Cape Canaveral


November 09, 2020

The Bisti Badlands of the Milky Way Galaxy

Supercluster's spaceflight photographer Erik Kuna hits the road to New Mexico and discovers an otherwordly vista.


October 27, 2020
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Every Living Thing to Leave Planet Earth

The Astronaut Database is the most complete, interactive record of every living thing to leave planet Earth. It wasn't easy to build.


October 27, 2020
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Falcon 9 Transits the Sun While Mars Watches On

A stunning sunrise liftoff of the Falcon 9 ends a rough stretch of launch scrubs and delays on Florida's historic space coast.


October 09, 2020
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Hypergiant Seeks the Future We Once Imagined

Scrolling the homepage of Hypergiant.com, you might feel like the future is finally here, while not really knowing exactly what you’re looking at.


October 09, 2020
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Keeping ISS Astronauts Safe at 4.76 Miles per Second

Meet Pooja Jesrani, NASA's first South Asian female flight director, tasked with keeping ISS astronauts safe from back here on planet Earth.


October 06, 2020
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Europa Clipper Inches Forward, Shackled to the Earth

Europa is not easily explored. It is a pitiless Thunderdome, setting humanity’s best engineers against the solar system’s most vexing planetary system.


October 06, 2020
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The Case for Building a SETI Observatory on the Moon

Our planet has become so “loud” in the part of the radio spectrum observed by SETI that it threatens to drown out any signal sent from an extraterrestrial civilization


September 28, 2020
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Space Unites on the Soccer Field

There’s a soccer team that brings space engineers from around the country together on the field. Not as adversaries in a race to the moon or Mars, but as a team — united.


September 22, 2020
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We Don't Talk Enough About Ron McNair

Ronald McNair was just 35 years old when he died aboard the Challenger Space Shuttle. That tragedy ended a brilliant life spent conquering adversity.


September 22, 2020
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Surviving the Earth Like an Apollo Astronaut

The Survival Goggles, Sun Bonnet, and Quilt are a painstakingly handmade homage to the Apollo survival missions of August, 1964.


September 15, 2020
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How (Not) to Design a Space Station

The International Space Station is a modern marvel of engineering. Designing it was a nightmare.


September 08, 2020
longform

SpaceX Launches a Polar Orbit Mission for Argentina

SpaceX launches the first Polar Orbit mission from Cape Canaveral since the 1960s.


September 01, 2020
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The Space Age Museum

Space Age Museum holds the largest archive of this unique moment in popular culture, during a time that radically transformed our perspective.


August 31, 2020
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Cold War Politics Shaped the International Space Station

A global surge of nationalism and the commercialization of space means the ISS may be the first — and last — space station of its kind.


August 25, 2020
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