Countdown to Darkness: Total Solar Eclipse Three Months Away

By Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com Contributor | May 21, 2017 07:20am ET
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Three months from today (May 21), a shadow of darkness will travel across the United States in the middle of the day. The portion of the country that falls under this shadow will experience a total solar eclipse, an incredible phenomenon that occurs when the moon completely covers the disk of the sun. Here are just a few of the things you'll need to know as you count down to this rare experience.

U of L River City Rocketry Team wins NASA challenge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - U of L's River City Rocketry team won NASA's 2017 Student Launch, but a mishap a week before the competition almost took the team off course.
The team is made up of engineering and physics students who spend their year designing rockets.
"They said we want you to design a rocket so that a piece of it can come
out, and autonomously detect some targets on the ground and land upright," said Ben Stringer, co-captain of the team.

Alien life to be discovered NEXT YEAR? James Webb Telescope в─≤will change world forever'

ALIEN life could be discovered as early as next year with NASAв─(tm)s most advanced telescope ever set to launch.
By Sean Martin
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled to take off next year and astronomers believe the super-powerful spier is experts' best hope to date of finding life beyond Earth.
The JWST is the successor to the Hubble Telescope and is much more powerful.
The successor will be able to see further into space, as well as more

Story of 'Almost-First' Woman Astronaut Appears Off-Broadway

By Sarah Lewin, Staff Writer | May 20, 2017 07:30am ET
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Jerrie Cobb (played by Amanda Quaid) listens to Randy Lovelace (played by Edmund Lewis) as Jackie Cochran looks on (played by Andrus Nichols) in "They Promised Her the Moon." Credit: Jeremy Daniel
NEW YORK - A new off-Broadway play follows the early life of Jerrie Cobb, a pilot who became famous in the early 1960s as the "almost-first" woman in space.

Secret Origin of Star Wars: Rogue One's Cassian Andor & K-2SO to be Revealed at Marvel

By Chris Arrant, Newsarama Editor | May 20, 2017 07:45am ET
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"Star Wars: Rogue One - Cassian & K-2SO Special #1" is a new one-shot coming from Marvel that will dig into the origin of the rebels Cassian Andor and K-2S0. Set in the relatively unexplored gulf between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy, this "Rogue One" prequel will show "how it all began" for the two, according to Lucasfilm.
As a reminder, this comic book - like all other Marvel Star Wars since 2015 - are in canon with the movies.

Skywatcher Beams at the Starry Night Sky in Stunning Cosmic Selfie

By Nina Sen, Space.com Contributor | May 20, 2017 07:45am ET
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A shimmering sky of stars dances above skywatcher Ruslan Merzlyakov in this stunning image taken on Jan. 20, 2017 in Stenbjerg, Denmark. Credit: Ruslan Merzlyakov | RMS Photography
A skywatcher is literally beaming at the night sky in this star-speckled portrait. Astrophotographer Ruslan Merzlyakov captured this cosmic selfie while stargazing on the beach in Stenbjerg, Denmark in January.

Planet Classification: How to Group Exoplanets

By Elizabeth Howell, Space.com Contributor | May 20, 2017 01:52am ET
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An artist's impression of the first planet orbiting a sunlike star beyond the solar system, 51 Pegasi b, a massive gas giant orbiting its planet every 4 days. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)

Juno Spacecraft Has Close Encounter with Jupiter's Cloud Tops in 6th Flyby

By Tariq Malik, Space.com Managing Editor | May 19, 2017 03:49pm ET
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NASA's Juno spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter just had its sixth close encounter with the giant planet.

Arianespace Soyuz Orbits SES-15 Carrying FAA Hosted Payload

By Caleb Henry, Space News | May 19, 2017 02:51pm ET
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A Europeanized Soyuz rocket lifts off carrying the SES-15 satellite. Credit: Arianespace video capture
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Arianespace launched a Soyuz rocket May 18 from Europe's space center in French Guiana, carrying the electrically propelled SES-15 satellite to geostationary transfer orbit.
The mission is Arianespace's second since territory-wide protests rocked

This 'Alien' Coloring Book Promises Out of This World Experience [Deal]

By Louis Ramirez | May 19, 2017 02:09pm ET
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Coloring books aren't just for kids anymore.
If you're looking for a way to enjoy scenes from your favorite Alien movies - but don't have the time to watch all five films - Titan Books has your answer. "Alien: The Coloring Book" is an 80-page homage to the popular "Alien" science fiction movie franchise. It's the official coloring book of the sci-fi series and comes on the heels of the debut of the new "Alien: Covenant" installment.
Buy Alien: The Coloring Book on Amazon.com

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