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In just four days, extreme heat melted the snow off this massive glacier

Earth’s Northern Hemisphere experienced a scorching summer, with 90-degree temperatures in Arctic reindeer country and heat waves toppling records around the globe.  In Canada’s Kluane National Park, the massive Lowell Glacier felt the heat this summer, too.  Both NASA and European Space Agency satellites captured bounties of snow from the previous winter melting from the...CONTINUE READING
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NASA aerosol map shows the beauty of nature’s fury amidst fires and storms

From a ground-level perspective, blazing wildfires and different varieties of storm are terrifying displays of nature’s might. But viewed from space, through the right (computer-enhanced) eyes, they’re all things of beauty. On Friday, NASA released a visualization of Earth showing the aerosols that were swirling through our planet’s atmosphere on Aug. 23. It was a...CONTINUE READING
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NASA spacecraft captures first images of the asteroid it will soon land on

A NASA probe speeding through the solar system has captured its first image of the asteroid Bennu, which the space agency will try to land on in 2020. Once that happens, the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is designed to collect up to 4.4 pounds of ancient space rock, seal the minerals in a capsule, and blast the...CONTINUE READING
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Take a look at the first space suit that let Americans walk in space

The Gemini IV mission was a big deal. It was going to include America’s first attempt at walking in space. The mission debuted the Gemini space suit, which not only kept us cozy in the harshness of space, but also opened the door to future exploration. Read more…More about Space, Nasa, Mashable Video, Astronauts, and...CONTINUE READING
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Photos of Hurricane Lane from space show the extreme size of the monster storm

The Hawaiian islands are battening down the hatches as they prepare for Hurricane Lane, a powerful, Category 4 storm barreling toward the state at 155 mph.  And now, photos taken from space show the extreme power of that storm as it makes its way toward possible landfall. SEE ALSO: Powerful hurricanes usually steer clear of...CONTINUE READING
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Can’t get out of bed? NASA picked the perfect songs to wake up its Mars rover.

Having trouble getting up in the morning? Crank up a playlist inspired to wake up a robot on Mars. NASA engineers have picked songs to greet their sleeping Opportunity rover on Mars, which survived a Martian dust storm in June but is yet to switch back on. SEE ALSO: Curiosity rover celebrates six cold, lonely...CONTINUE READING
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Meet the NASA astronauts that will fly to space with SpaceX and Boeing

Since the end of NASA’s space shuttle program in 2011, the American space agency has relied on Russian rockets and capsules to bring their astronauts to the International Space Station.  This plan, of course, was never ideal, and it was never meant to be permanent.  Even before the end of the shuttle program, NASA got...CONTINUE READING
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