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StarDate 7/2/2014: Pitching Ideas For New Missions

Dozens of spacecraft are keeping their eyes and ears on the universe, and more are on the way. But it usually takes years from the time a mission is first proposed until it flies in space — and a lot of good candidates never make it.

07/02/2014

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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: Eta Carinae

One of the most intriguing star systems in the galaxy may be about to get a lot more interesting.

06/16/2014

A solar flare is seen erupting from the sun. (Photograph by: NOAA/National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center, Getty Images)

Solar Flare Shockwave May Disrupt Earth’s Satellite Communications

NASA has reported that a shockwave from a massive solar flare will hit Earth on Friday, possibly knocking out communications and causing disruptions to satellites.

06/13/2014

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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: Evidence Of Life In A Rock From Mars

There’s no doubt that Mars was once much warmer and wetter than it is today — a fairly comfortable home for life. Stardate looks at the evidence of life in a rock on the red planet.

06/06/2014

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NASA Sending Experimental Saucer Into Earth’s Atmosphere Above Kauai

Folks in Hawaii should see a flying saucer in the skies above Kauai Thursday morning. It’s a NASA project meant to eventually help land heavy objects on Mars. Up until now parachutes have been used.

06/03/2014

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StarDate: Disappearing Cluster

The Beehive, M44, is one of the brightest star clusters in the sky with about 1,000 stars, but this StarDate segment explains that it’s evaporating before our eyes.

06/02/2014

A sign outside of a Google office in Mountain View, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google Plans To Launch Satellites To Expand Global Internet Access

Google’s latest efforts to expand Internet access around the world includes plans to launch over $1 billion worth in low-orbiting satellites.

06/02/2014

International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (image via nasa.gov)

NASA Partners With Los Gatos Company To Awaken ‘Zombie’ Space Explorer Launched In 1978

NASA, in a first-of-a kind agreement, has signed with Los Gatos based Skycorp to allow the group to attempt to contact and possibly command NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer-3.

05/23/2014

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