Russia Formally Commits to International Space Station Through 2024
Russian Modules Attached to US Unity Module in 2000
July 31st, 2015
Russia has formally notified its International Space Station partners that it will continue in the partnership at least to 2024, ending several months of doubts that were fueled by the current poor state of Russia’s relations with the West.
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Telescope Tag Team Brings Uranus-Size Alien Planet into Focus
Spotting an Exoplanet by Gravitational Microlensing
July 31st, 2015
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory in Hawaii have helped researchers characterize a Uranus-mass exoplanet that had remained mysterious since its discovery a decade ago.
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SETI Targets Kepler-452b, Earth's 'Cousin,' in Search for Alien Life
Kepler-452b in Orbit
July 31st, 2015
Scientists with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute have already begun targeting Earth's older cousin, Kepler 452b, the first near-Earth sized world found in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
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XCOR to Raise Ticket Prices for Suborbital Space Plane Flights
XCOR's Lynx Spaceplane Diagram
July 31st, 2015
XCOR Aerospace, a company developing a two-seat suborbital spaceplane for tourism and research applications, plans to raise its ticket prices by 50 percent next year, the company announced July 16.
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Blue Moon Full Moon Rises Tonight: What to Expect
Full Moon of January 2015
July 31st, 2015
There's a "Blue Moon" in the sky today, but it won't look different than other full moons. The term blue moon has come to refer to the second full moon in a given month.
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'Magnetic' Discovery May Reveal Why Earth Supports Life and Mars Doesn't
Earth's Magnetic Field
July 31st, 2015
Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from harmful blasts of solar radiation, is much older than scientists had previously thought, researchers say.
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JUICE-y Mission to Jupiter One Step Closer to Reality
Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer
July 30th, 2015
This month the European Space Agency took a major step closer to an ambitious exploration of Jupiter and its icy moons.
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Cassini Spacecraft to Make Final Flybys of 2 Icy Saturn Moons
Plumes of Enceladus
July 31st, 2015
For the next six months, NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft will get its final look at two icy moons -- one famous and one not so well-known -- before preparing for mission's end in 2017.
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Epic Yearlong Space Mission Documented in Time Magazine Web Series
Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko Talk, April 28, 2015
July 31st, 2015
Time magazine's "Year in Space" documentary offers an inside look into the 12-month stint Scott Kelly is spending aboard the International Space Station and also delves into his life as an astronaut.
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