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Astronomers recall discovery of Phaethon — source of Geminid meteors

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The beautiful Geminid meteor shower is due to light up the heavens this weekend (see our observing guide), but the source of the enigmatic cosmic display had eluded stargazers for more than 120 years. Although the popular astronomical event has been observed since the 1800s, its origins had long remained a mystery. It was only

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NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Completes Space Station Mission, Safely Returns to Earth

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Expedition 45 Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA is among three crew members who returned to Earth Friday after a 141-day mission aboard the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan at approximately 8:12 a.m. EST (7:12 p.m. Kazakhstan time). Also returning were Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos (Russian Federal Space Agency) and Kimiya Yui

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NASA Highlights Global Air Quality, Moon, El Nino at American Geophysical Union

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NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union Dec. 14-18 in San Francisco. NASA-related briefings will be carried live on the agency’s website. Media registration is open for the event, which will be held at the Moscone Convention

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NASA Television Coverage Set for Next Space Station Crew Launch

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The next three crew members bound for the International Space Station are set to launch on Tuesday, Dec. 15. NASA Television will provide full coverage of the launch beginning at 5 a.m. EST. Astronauts Tim Kopra of NASA and Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency), and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space

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Media Invited to See Progress Toward Space Station Launches from Virginia

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NASA, Orbital ATK and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) will conduct a tour at 10:30 a.m. EST, on Thursday, Dec. 17, for media to view the completed work and preparations to resume next year commercial cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. Progress is

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NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard Orbital ATK Resupply Mission

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New hardware that will support dozens of NASA investigations and other science experiments from around the world is among the more than 7,000 pounds of cargo on the way to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft. It launched at 4:44:57 p.m. EST Sunday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from

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ALMA spots monstrous baby galaxies cradled in dark matter

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Boston Area Students to Talk with Space Station Astronaut

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Students from seven high schools in Boston will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station at 9:45 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Boston at night, glowing under a trace of fog. Space

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‘Fast Radio Burst’ sheds new light on origin of these extreme events

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Fast radio bursts (FRBs), brief yet brilliant eruptions of cosmic radio waves, have baffled astronomers since they were first reported nearly a decade ago. Though they appear to come from the distant universe, none of these enigmatic events has revealed more than the slimmest details about how and where it formed, until now. By poring

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