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Category: Space

Solar Storm

A Perfect Solar Superstorm: The 1859 Carrington Event

The solar storm that hit Earth last Thursday delivered only a glancing blow, but in 1859 the planet wasn’t so lucky.

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7 Things You May Not Know About John Glenn and Friendship 7

On the 50th anniversary of this historic space flight, here are some facts you might not know about the first American to orbit the Earth.

Apollo 1

45 Years Ago: Apollo 1 Mission Ends in Disaster

Find out about the Apollo 1 disaster and how the American space program rebounded from the tragedy to put a human on the moon.

Mars

40 Years Ago: Mars Exploration Milestone Reached

On November 14, 1971, NASA’s Mariner 9 reached Mars, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.

Expanding Universe

Was Expanding Universe Discoverer Too Humble for Hubble?

Edwin Hubble didn’t censor proof that Georges Lemaître beat him to an astronomical breakthrough, evidence suggests.

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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of First Supernova on Record

NASA telescopes have shed light on how the traces of an exploded star traveled faster and further than expected.

Moon Rock

Slideshow: When Artifacts Become Astronauts

From Amelia Earhart’s scarf to part of a 16th-century warship, explore historic items that hitched a ride into the final frontier on the space shuttle.

Space Shuttle

Video: Space Shuttle Milestones

As the countdown to the final space shuttle launch begins, explore some of the program’s most unforgettable moments.

International Space Station

Slideshow: Orbit-Clogging Space Junk

Astronauts evacuated the International Space Station on Tuesday during a close encounter with space debris, part of the swirl of trash circling the planet.

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Slideshow: 50th Anniversary of the First American in Space

Fifty years ago today, Alan Shepard became the first American and the second person to fly into space.

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30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program

On the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle program, we take a look at its three decades of exploration, innovation and drama.

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Congo Crater Caused by Meteorite

Researchers have confirmed that a giant crater in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was formed by a crashing meteorite.

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Historic Eclipses

This week, as the world watches a true astronomical rarity–the first full lunar eclipse to coincide with a winter solstice since 1554–we take a look at legendary eclipses with undeniable historical significance.