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Space pioneer and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. (CBS)

Buzz Aldrin Looking At Next Giant Leap; Apollo 11 Hero Has Sights Set On Manned Mission To Mars

Space pioneer and Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. is looking toward the next giant leap, a manned mission to the planet Mars.

07/25/2014

Red Dragon Crew-Carrying Capsule (Credit SpaceX)

NASA Considers Mars Mission With Help Of Tesla’s Elon Musk, While Celebrating 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Moon Landing

45 years ago, America landed a man on the moon, and years from now, NASA and Tesla founder Elon Musk hope to have already landed a man on Mars, using Musk’s SpaceX rocket in a public-private partnership that turns the Apollo program model on its head.

07/16/2014

A perigee moon, or supermoon, rises behind wind turbines.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

When Is The Next Supermoon? August Full Moon Will Be Closest Pass Yet

If you missed Saturday’s supermoon, don’t worry, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet as the August 2014 supermoon will be the closest the moon comes to earth all year, and should be the best of the five supermoons of 2014 as it passes within 221,765 miles of us.

07/14/2014

A perigee moon, or supermoon, rises behind wind turbines.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Supermoon Facts To Impress Your Date

If you find yourself out gazing at a supermoon with a special someone, here are a few facts to help you impress them because you can actually tell them why the moon looks so huge, and where the term ‘supermoon’ came from.

07/12/2014

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StarDate 7/3/2014: Looking For Fresh Ideas

Jupiter’s moon Europa is one of the most intriguing bodies in the solar system. Its icy crust appears to cover a global ocean that could be many miles deep.

07/03/2014

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StarDate: Moon and Venus— A Brilliant Morning Encounter

Early risers are in for a skywatching treat at first light Tuesday morning — a close pairing of the crescent Moon and the planet Venus. Venus looks like a dazzling star just to the left or upper left of the Moon.

06/23/2014

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StarDate: Moon And Saturn— Arriving at Fascination Destination

The Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft passed an important milestone back in March: It made its 100th close pass by Titan, the planet’s largest moon. Stardate has the details on how this was achieved.

06/10/2014

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StarDate: Moon And Regulus

Regulus is the bright heart of Leo, the celestial lion. It’s several times bigger and heavier than the Sun, and hundreds of times brighter. Its most interesting feature, though, is its shape. Instead of a nice, round ball, it’s shaped more like a round jelly doughnut.

06/03/2014

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StarDate: Moon and Mercury

he skywatching weekend gets off to a ghostly start this evening with an encounter between the Moon and the planet Mercury. The Moon looks like a pale version of its full glory. And Mercury is as elusive as a ghost — a planet that’s rarely seen.

05/30/2014

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StarDate: Moon, Venus, and Meteors

The hours between midnight and dawn tonight offer skywatchers both promise and potential. StarDate promises a beautiful encounter between the moon and the “morning star”.

05/23/2014

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