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Supermoon 2016 V/S Normal one...amazing 🌚🌜
#nasasupermoon
#astrophotography
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From #67P with love: a last image, taken 51 metres before #CometLanding #MissionComplete https://t.co/yiSnxDrnba https://t.co/MNuz622tNJ
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MARS CLOSE-UP TAKEN BY THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE.
This image shows our neighboring planet Mars, as it was observed shortly before opposition in 2016 by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Some prominent features on the surface of the planet have been annotated.

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NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (ASU), and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute)
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Date: May 19, 2016
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Simulators Give Astronauts Glimpse of Future Flights

NASA's commercial crew astronauts Suni Williams and Eric Boe tried out a new generation of training simulators at the Boeing facility in St. Louis Tuesday that will prepare them for launch, flight and returns aboard the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. The training also brought recollections of earlier eras when NASA's Mercury and Gemini spacecraft were built in St. Louis and astronauts routinely travelled to the city for simulator time.

NASA selected Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Boe and Williams in July to train for test flights aboard the Starliner ‎and SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. The flight assignments have not been set, so all four of the astronauts are rehearsing for the Starliner and Crew Dragon test flights to the space station.

The part-task trainers, each large enough for one person at the controls and programmed to run through all the phases of a mission, are part of a suite of cloud-based and hands-on trainers that Boeing has built to prepare astronauts and mission controllers. The trainers will be shipped to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston this year so astronauts can use them daily to practice numerous situations from normal operations to unlikely emergencies.

Read more: http://buff.ly/1WwWkmY

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How to See the Best Summer Meteor Showers of 2016

Meteor showers fill the sky when the Earth passes through a trail of dust and debris ejected by an asteroid or comet as it orbits the sun. As the dust and particles hit the Earth's atmosphere at high speed, they rub against air particles and heat up, disintegrating in flashes of light. Meteor showers can fill the sky, but they always travel away from the constellation they're named after — that origin point is called the shower's "radiant." Larger fragments can create fireballs, too. The shower's "peak" is when Earth passes through the heart of the dusty trail, and meteors can often be seen for days before and after that peak.

See more at: http://buff.ly/1ShgONN

Check out the International Meteor Organization's 2016 Meteor Shower Calendar: http://buff.ly/1qNBmVc

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Cosmos: In a distant patch of the universe has emerged a mysterious phenomenon: the jets ejected from the center of 64 supermassive black holes in galaxies are all aligned. Read more: https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/why-are-these-supermassive-black-holes-aligned
Credit: Russ Taylor

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The Soyuz rocket that will carry three new crew members (Aleksey Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka and Jeffrey William) to the International Space Station stands ready for launch in Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, the orbiting trio is busy with medical science and preparations for upcoming cargo missions.

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Space Word of the Day: Aurorasaurus (n.) — a new citizen science project with the best name ever

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EXOMARS IS ON ITS WAY TOWARDS MARS TO SOLVE THE MYSTERIES OF THE RED PLANET :

Joint ESA-Roscosmos mission has started its seven month to the Red planet, where it will address the unsolved mysteries of the planet's atmosphere and would prove the existence of present day geological or even biological activity. Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ExoMars/ExoMars_on_its_way_to_solve_the_Red_Planet_s_mysteries
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