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In Search of Contact

Jill Tarter, the inspiration behind Ellie Arroway in Contact, describes SETI as "searching a 9 dimensional haystack for a needle which may not exist."


June 15, 2021
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Ties Run Deep Between Disney and Space Exploration

A 1955 Disney series helped spark public imagination in space. The connection is stronger than ever.


June 07, 2021
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A Champion Race Car Driver Will Pilot Axiom’s Second Crewed Mission

Record-holding veteran astronaut Peggy Whitson and John Shoffner, a pilot and race car driver, will lead Axiom Space’s Ax-2 mission to the International Space Station.


May 25, 2021

Scientists Simulate Alien Volcanoes Here on Earth

Scientists suspect molten iron erupts from volcanoes somewhere in the galaxy. But ferrovolcanism, as it’s technically known, has never been spotted.


May 18, 2021
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A Nuclear Energy Company Sets Its Sights on Deep Space

X-energy is working on an advanced nuclear reactor that could open the solar system to crewed exploration.


May 04, 2021
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Crew-2 Falcon 9 Illuminates the Night Sky

The art of launching humans to space


April 27, 2021
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Joel Kinnaman & Mike Massimino Talk For All Mankind

Space Shuttle veteran Mike Massimino is joined by For All Mankind star Joel Kinnaman to talk the Cold War and Humanity's future in space.


April 20, 2021
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Weekends in Space

Just like us mere Earthlings, Astronauts work regular hours, and when the weekend rolls around, it's time to unwind.


April 02, 2021
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The Algorithm to Mars

Amidst all the metal and mechanics of our Mars rovers exists the growing presence of artificial intelligence.


March 30, 2021
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From Outer Space to Congress

In November, Mark Kelly became the fourth astronaut to be elected to Congress — nearly as unlikely as the average American landing on the moon.


March 15, 2021
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Tracking Traffic at the International Space Station

Track every spacecraft currently docked to the International Space Station, arrival and departure times, current crew, location in orbit, and ongoing experiments.


March 11, 2021
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Starship Comes Home to Live Another Few Minutes

SN10 sticks the landing then exits the stage with a bang.


March 04, 2021
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The Strange Case of the Misplaced Cotton Candy World

Scientists have been puzzled by puffy gas giant "cotton candy" worlds for years. Then came WASP-107b, the world that shouldn’t exist.


March 03, 2021
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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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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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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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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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