Earth, Our Home Planet

Earth, our home planet, is the 3rd planet from the sun.
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Film Students Play Starring Role in Stratospheric Balloon Launch (Video)
New York Film Academy Balloon Earth View
August 29th, 2014
When you think of the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Authority and the FBI, a team of starry-eyed film students may not necessarily come to mind as a potential partner for science.
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Hello Kitty Is in Space and Wants Your Messages
Hello Kitty in Space: Japan's iconic mouthless cat is riding aboard the small satellite Hodoyoshi 3 and will beam messages from space as part of a 40th anniversary celebration by Sanrio Co., Ltd.
August 15th, 2014
Hello Kitty, Japan's lovable feline toy, is now a cat-stronaut. Not only is the intrepid kitty orbiting the Earth in a small satellite, but she's ready to beam messages from space for fans.
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NASA Satellite Takes First Look at Earth's Carbon Dioxide
Artist's Rendition of the OCO-2 Observatory
August 13th, 2014
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which blasted off July 2, arrived in its final orbit 438 miles above the Earth on Aug. 3. The satellite then collected its first test data three days later while flying over Papua New Guinea.
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Apollo 11 Flight Log, July 22, 1969: Firing Engines for Earth Return
One-third of the Earth's sphere illuminated, Earth's terminator, sunglint, a portion of east Africa, as photographed from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during its first lunar landing mission in July 1969.
July 22nd, 2014
On July 22, 1969, the three men on NASA's Apollo 11 mission were in the homestretch of their historic moon voyage. See how they fired the engines on their spacecraft.
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Pad Problem Pushes Launch of NASA Carbon Dioxide-Measuring Satellite to Wednesday
A rocket on a launch pad
July 1st, 2014
A rocket that was set to loft an Earth-gazing satellite to space did not get off its launch pad in California today (July 1) due to a problem with the pad's water system.
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Stunning Astronaut Photos Capture Beauty of Earth from Space
Night on Earth and in space
August 20th, 2014
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman seems to be having a great time living in space, and he is using social media to share it with the world.
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Urthecast to Add More Earth-Watching HD Cameras to Space Station
Venezuela Seen by Urthecast Camera
July 29th, 2014
A company plans to place two new cameras on the outside of the International Space Station in a bid to provide more live views of Earth from space.
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Did Huge Impact Shape Planet Mercury?
First high-resolution image of Mercury transmitted by the MESSENGER spacecraft (in false color, 11 narrow-band color filters).
July 6th, 2014
A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the tiny, sun-scorched world has such a huge iron core today, researchers say.
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