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On March 27, 1968, Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, passed away.

In 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space. Vostok 1 was the first manned spaceflight of the early space race, and Gagarin completed one orbit of Earth before landing safely 108 minutes later.

While flying weightless above Earth’s surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home — forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is — a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. He unfortunately died seven years later during a jet crash in 1968, and today is the anniversary of Gagarin’s accident. With that said, we at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight adventure to date.

What better way to honor Yuri's legacy than by beginning the first year-long space mission aboard the International Space Station?

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WATCH LIVE: 'Year In Space' Crew To Dock With ISS

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 9:36 p.m. EDT to begin their year-long space mission.

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WATCH LIVE: Crew Begins First Year-Long Mission Aboard The ISS

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will become the first humans to spend a year in space aboard the International Space Station when they liftoff from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft at 3:42 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 27.

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This Comic Of The Spirit Rover’s Life On Mars Will Break Your Heart

On this day in 2010, communication with NASA’s Mars rover Spirit was lost. Read NASA’s ‘Heartfelt Goodbye to a Spirited Mars Rover’

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Watch Live Stream Of The Total Lunar Eclipse

The Slooh Community Observatory will be providing a live webcast from the Faroe Islands for those who are unable to view the solar eclipse. The live stream begins at 4:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, March 20.

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first spacewalk.

On March 18, 1965 at 4:35 a.m. EDT, cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first person to perform a spacewalk when he exited his Voskhod 2 spacecraft and entered the vacuum of space.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to turn your eyes to the skies tonight!
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Congratulations to Scott Kelly & Mikhail Kornienko on beginning a #YearInSpace May the Force be with you!

Watch NASA's continuing coverage of the first year-long mission aboard the International Space Station:

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Opportunity Rover Completes First Marathon On Mars

NASA’s longest-running Mars rover, Opportunity, passed the marathon milestone on Tuesday, March 24, having traveled a total distance of 26.221 miles. A marathon is 26.219 miles long. Opportunity completed its marathon with a finish time of 11 years, and two months.

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On March 22, 2010, communication with NASA's Mars rover Spirit was lost.

Originally designed for a 90 Sol mission (a Sol, one Martian day, is slightly longer than one Earth day) few would have expected Mars Exploration Rover Spirit to operate as long as 2210 Sols - that’s 24.5 times the planned mission duration!

“It’s an incredible testimony to engineering that this plucky little craft survived 3 winters, when it wasn’t designed to survive any such weather conditions at all,” said Neil Mottinger, a navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Landing on the opposite side of Mars from its twin, the still operating Opportunity rover, Spirit was part of an effort to answer important questions surrounding the history of the Martian environment and its suitability for the formation of life. Understandably, one central element of these questions was to better understand the history of water on the planet - from its current status to what early Martian topography may have looked like.

One of many discoveries that Spirit made included finding supportive evidence suggesting rocks from the plains of Gusev had been slightly altered by tiny amounts of water. As the rover had observed, outside coatings and cracks within these samples had suggested water deposited minerals.

While Spirit delivered troves of valuable data home during its activity, it became irrecoverably obstructed in soft soil on Sol 1892 (May 1st, 2009), an incident that would spell the end for the rover. Attempts to free the rover ended on Sol 2155 (January 26, 2010), when NASA reclassified the mission as a stationary research platform. It continued performing science operations from its current location until communication with Spirit was lost on Sol 2210 (March 22, 2010). Attempts to reestablish communication with the rover have been unsuccessful.

Watch this short video, “The Legacy of Mars Rover Spirit”

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Celebrate the accomplishments of Mars Exploration Rover Spirit by writing to Congress to let them know you support doubling funding for NASA:

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This is what a Solar Eclipse looks like from space.

The moon casts a shadow on Earth in this photo captured from the Mir space station during a total solar eclipse on August 11, 1990.

Did you miss today's total solar eclipse? Watch a replay here:

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On March 19, 2008, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke passed away.

Seven years after his passing, Sir Arthur C. Clarke remains a prominent figure in the epochs of science fiction and futurism. Apart from being recognized for novels such as ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and ‘Rendezvous with Rama’, Clarke became a respected futurist and inventor during his prominence, predicting the development of geosynchronous communications satellites in the mid-1940s. It’s no surprise then that Clarke became a sought after forecaster in regards to space exploration.

In a 1963 episode of the BBC’s ‘The Sky at Night’ program, Arthur C. Clarke joined famed amateur astronomer Patrick Moore to discuss the future of human exploration on both the Moon and Mars. Within the 20-minute segment, Clarke discusses the possibility of lunar observatories and other scientific facilities on the Moon, going as far as predicting, “I think that in a few generations, all serious astronomy will be conducted either on the Moon or in space.” In remarking, “possibly in five years, certainly in ten,” Clarke is uncannily precise in predicting the first lunar orbit by Apollo 8 in December of 1968, five years after the interview. Concerning the moon landing, while skeptical, Clarke notes that such an achievement would likely occur around 1970; again, remarkably accurate. As the interview concludes, Patrick Moore asks, “What about the Martian base? While admitting that it is more speculative, Clarke predicted that a manned mission would orbit Mars within the following 20 years, with a landing occurring in 25 years, or rather, in 1988.

Evidently, unlike a number of Clarke’s earlier predictions, his speculations on human exploration on the Red Planet turned out to be overly optimistic. In the midst of the golden age of American space exploration, it is understandable as to why Clarke fell short in his prediction. As Jeff Foust of ‘The Space Review’ notes, “Extrapolating that progress made conclusions like human missions to Mars in the 1980s appear quite reasonable, almost to the point of being conservative.” As he continues, “That pace, though, could not be maintained, making the visions of domed bases on the Moon and Mars seem just as futuristic now as they did when the program aired nearly a half-century ago.”

As we continue to make predictions in regards to our spacefaring future, Arthur C. Clarke’s optimistic forecasts are a lesson worth remembering. With hopes of moving forward, NASA needs your help.

Let Congress know that you support doubling funding for NASA:

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NASA's annual budget is a half a penny on your tax dollar. Imagine what we could do with a full penny.
Penny4NASA was founded to uphold the importance of space exploration and science. We believe wholeheartedly that our federal funding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, at a mere 0.48% of the total, does not reflect the hugely important economic, technological and inspirational resource that this agency has been throughout its 50+ year history. With approximately $10 coming back into the economy for every $1 spent, thousands of new science and engineering students becoming inspired continuously, and the multitude of technologies that NASA research has both directly and indirectly made possible, we believe that NASA needs to be funded at a level of at least 1% of the U.S. federal budget. This isn't a partisan argument, and this isn't a fiscal budget argument, this is the American people saying that as a society our tax dollars to reflect that importance of science and space exploration. And 0.48% doesn't cut it. We are calling for NASA budget to be increased to at least 1% of the US federal budget.
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