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It’s Crater-palooza on Dwarf Planet Ceres (New Photo)

A new photo from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the battered surface of the dwarf planet Ceres in unprecedented detail. Dawn captured the image on May 23, when the probe was just 3,200 miles (5,100 kilometers) from Ceres. Read more at:

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Space Station Module Move Makes Room for Private Spaceships

Astronauts on the International Space Station moved a closet-like storage module to a new spot on the orbiting lab Wednesday (May 27) to make room for a new docking port to welcome private space taxis in 2017. Read more at:

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Nebula’s Crimson Heart Revealed in Breathtaking Images, Video

Bright red veins lace the sky and feed into enormous crimson clouds that look like living hearts, in this breathtaking view of the Gamma Cygni nebula and its surrounding region as seen by veteran astrophotographer Terry Hancock. Read more at:

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LightSail Solar Sail Test Flight Stalled by Software Glitch

LightSail, a CubeSat designed and built by the nonprofit Planetary Society, stopped beaming data home on Friday (May 22), just two days after it blasted off along with the United States Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane. Read more at:

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Wild Ride To Safety – SpaceX Dragon Pad Abort Test | On-Board Video

If the private space company’s Falcon booster were to fail, Dragon showed it can blast astronauts to safety during this test of May 8th, 2015. The capsule kicks from 0-100 MPH in 1.2 seconds – about 4G of acceleration. Read more at:

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Cheers! Bubbly ‘Champagne Flow’ of Stars Revealed in New Image, Video

A dramatic new picture of young stars shows captures a cosmic “champagne flow” as the stars blow away hot hydrogen gas around them. The image was captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. Read more at:

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