Red, White & Blue! Stars Cluster in Festive Cosmic Portrait
Cluster NGC 2367
July 4th, 2015
A cluster of bright, young blue stars shows up vividly against the red hydrogen gas of their surrounding stellar birthplace in a stunning photo out just in time for the Fourth of July.
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New Horizons Probe's July 14 Pluto Flyby: Complete Coverage
Artist's Concept: New Horizons Spacecraft at Pluto
July 3rd, 2015
NASA's New Horizons probe is about to lift the veil on Pluto. See Space.com's complete coverage of the spacecraft's epic July 14 flyby of the dwarf planet.
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Russian Cargo Spacecraft Launches Toward Space Station
Progress 60 Cargo Launches to the Space Station
July 2nd, 2015
Russia's Progress 60 freighter launched toward the orbiting lab atop a Soyuz rocket at 12:55 a.m. EDT Friday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, starting its resupply run off on the right foot after two consecutive cargo-mission failures.
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NASA Slammed a Probe Into a Comet 10 Years Ago Today
Deep Impact Comet Collision, July 4, 2005
July 4th, 2015
On July 4, 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft released an 820-lb. (370 kilograms) probe that smashed into Comet Tempel 1 at 23,000 mph (37,000 km/h), gouging out a crater about 500 feet (150 meters) wide.
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Kepler Planet-Hunting Visionary Retires After 53 Years at NASA
Bill Borucki
July 3rd, 2015
Bill Borucki — who came up with the idea for the Kepler Space Telescope in the early 1980s and continued championing the concept through four failed proposals until the mission was finally approved in 2000 — is stepping down from NASA today (July 3).
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How to See The Scorpion in July's Night Sky
Scorpius Constellation over Austria
July 4th, 2015
A skywatcher's guide to the most formidable of thhe constellations, Scorpius (the Scorpion), which now lies low over the southern horizon as darkness falls.
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NASA Astronaut Hopes to See Fourth of July Fireworks from Space
American Flag on the International Space Station
July 3rd, 2015
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Korniekno and Gennady Padalka don't have any special plans for the Fourth of July aboard the International Space Station — though Kelly will try to see some the fireworks displays down on Earth.
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On Pluto's Doorstep: Latest Photos by New Horizons Probe
Surface Features Emerging on Pluto
July 2nd, 2015
Though the New Horizons spacecraft's Pluto flyby doesn't occur until July 14, great images from the probe are already rolling in. Here, Space.com highlights some of New Horizons' best Pluto pics from the close encounter's home stretch.
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