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Not Wanting to Miss a Thing, ESA is Officially On-Board to Blast Asteroids with NASA

Not Wanting to Miss a Thing, ESA is Officially On-Board to Blast Asteroids with NASA

The European Space Agency has officially joined NASA on a mission to bust near-Earth asteroids through the AIDA space mission.

Humanity-destroying space objects aren’t just out of 90’s action flicks…

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One Cool Thing: Mercury Transiting the Sun in 4K

One Cool Thing: Mercury Transiting the Sun in 4K

ICYMI, on Monday the planet Mercury made one of its rare appearances transiting the Sun.  It won’t do that again until 2032, and that one won’t be visible in the U.S.  It was super hard to see, but NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) had several special cameras filming it and on Wednesday they released a […]

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One Spooky Thing: NASA’s Halloween-Themed Celestial Images

One Spooky Thing: NASA’s Halloween-Themed Celestial Images

  This spooky season is out of this world! The above image isn’t a jack-o-lantern but rather an image that NASA captured of our sun. According to NASA, the face is the result of active regions of the sun burning more brightly than others. And the image below, though it looks a bit like an eerie, […]

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One Shrinking Thing: The Ozone Hole

Video: NASA We know you weren’t losing sleep over this (unlike say the climate crisis), but there is a bit of good news this week.  NOAA and NASA announced that the ozone hole measured its smallest size ever for this time of year — typically when it is its largest.  The hole, which exists above […]

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First All-Female Spacewalk FINALLY Happening (this morning!)

First All-Female Spacewalk FINALLY Happening (this morning!)

Earlier this spring, NASA astronauts were set to conduct the first all-female spacewalk until a lack of properly-fitting space suits cut the historic moment short. Now, finally, the spacewalk has been rescheduled for this morning with astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir as they set out to repair a faulty battery charger on the International Space Station.

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One Outer Space Thing: What Does Mars Sound Like?

In case you were wondering, there is sound on Mars, and thanks to NASA’s InSight mission we can now hear it.

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One Cool Thing: Mars 2020 Rover Busts a Move

One Cool Thing: Mars 2020 Rover Busts a Move

The 2020 Mars rover was recently seen showing off its dance moves, is this so the rover can dance with Britney on the Red Planet? Turns out the “break dancing” is a way for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to test the rover’s balance. As Space.com explained, engineers need to know the rover’s center […]

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Best of ODP: Interview with Kathy Sullivan, First Woman to Walk in Space

Best of ODP: Interview with Kathy Sullivan, First Woman to Walk in Space

This interview first appeared earlier this year, in honor of Women’s History Month.  I (Monica) had the pleasure of working with Kathy at NOAA during the Obama Administration.  With the 50th Anniversary of the NASA moon landing and spacewalk that we celebrated just a few weeks ago, this interview came to mind as a highlight […]

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Can America Regain the Ability to Think Big?

Can America Regain the Ability to Think Big?

By Miro Korenha, founder and publisher of Our Daily Planet In 1961 President Kennedy announced before a joint session of Congress the audacious goal of putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade. He stated, “These are extraordinary times and we face an extraordinary challenge. Our strength as well as our […]

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Hero of the Week: Judy Sullivan

Hero of the Week: Judy Sullivan

While it’s astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins who are the celebrated heroes of the Apollo 11 moon landing, their mission may have not been possible without a brilliant NASA engineer named Judy Sullivan. As Good Morning American explained, after earning top grades as a biology major Sullivan became a biomedical engineer at […]

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The Women Who Will Walk on the Moon Face Hurdles of Earthly Gender Bias

The Women Who Will Walk on the Moon Face Hurdles of Earthly Gender Bias

NASA’s recently announced Artemis mission will seek to bring astronauts back to the moon by 2024 including the first woman to walk on the moon. But for the women of NASA–especially its recent class that had the most women ever–what will that mean when spaceflight has been designed almost entirely to cater to men? We […]

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The Space Graveyard You Never Knew About

The Space Graveyard You Never Knew About

By Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel Point Nemo, standing for no one, lies 4,000 meters below the ocean’s surface and it’s the spot where hundreds of fallen spacecraft lie in the “space graveyard”. Located between Australia and South America, this area is unpopulated and lacking in wildlife. Since the 1970s, at least 260 spacecraft have […]

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