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A new, EPIC view of planet Earth from NASA satellite aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft

Earth as seen on July 6, 2015 from a distance of one million miles by a NASA scientific camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft. Image: NASA


Earth as seen on July 6, 2015 from a distance of one million miles by a NASA scientific camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft. Image: NASA

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away.

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National Geographic's Pluto issue, autographed by NASA's New Horizons team

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Susan Goldberg: “How cool is this? The @NASANewHorizons #Pluto team autographed our fab July @NatGeo cover, written by @nadiamdrake.”

More: Pluto coverage on Boing Boing.

Fly over Pluto in animated New Horizons video. Here are the amazing images NASA released from Pluto Fly By today.

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NASA released more amazing space imagery and scientific data, slowly and steadily coming down to earth from the New Horizons space probe after its historic fly-by of Pluto. Boing Boing followed the press conference and downloaded all the fun stuff for you. Scroll down for amazing space images, video, and animation-- and stay tuned for stereo images in the weeks to come. More data to be released weekly.

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ISS crew forced to take shelter from hazardous space junk. Again.

NASA image of the International Space Station.


NASA image of the International Space Station.

A small piece of space junk from an old Russian weather satellite forced the crew of the International Space Station to briefly take cover in an escape vehicle Thursday.

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Live coverage of Pluto image press conference with NASA New Horizons team

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Breaking news from Nasa: here are the first close-up details from the surface of Pluto, our solar system's most distant planet.

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Charon, Pluto's largest moon.

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Here's Pluto's moon Hydra, imaged for the first time and said to be composed of water-ice.

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Here's methane in Pluto's atmosphere, mapped. cj-puimusaakktu

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It's Christmas, Halloween, and every other holiday you can imagine for space geeks today. Today is the day when images sent back from NASA's New Horizons probe from humanity's first Pluto fly-by will be revealed, at 3pm Eastern.

We're watching live on NASA TV. This post will be updated as images come through.

In the Mission Control center, NASA's New Horizons operations team celebrates a successful visit to Pluto by the space probe.


In the Mission Control center, NASA's New Horizons operations team celebrates a successful visit to Pluto by the space probe.

Data is streaming back from the probe near Pluto.


Data is streaming back from the probe near Pluto.

We are as close as we've ever been to Pluto, and images even more spectacular than this are on the way.


We are as close as we've ever been to Pluto, and images even more spectacular than this are on the way.

The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA


The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA

The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA


The New Horizons team at work, after a successful Pluto encounter. Photos: NASA

Pluto fly-by immortalized in 4 perfect frames by Cyanide & Happiness webcomic

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A wonderful “Aww, poor Pluto” take by webcomic creator Rob DenBleyker. Link. Won't someone think of the poor exoplanets?

This little cartoon captures all of Pluto's lonely feels, as New Horizons probe flys by

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Aww. Poor little Pluto.

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft phones home from Pluto, and all is “nominal”

“We are in lock with telemetry on the spacecraft,” operations manager Alice Bowman said at the New Horizons Mission Operations Center.


“We are in lock with telemetry on the spacecraft,” operations manager Alice Bowman said at the New Horizons Mission Operations Center.

Cheers and clapping at the Mission Operations Center (MOC), where the New Horizons spacecraft signal was received.


Cheers and clapping at the Mission Operations Center (MOC), as the New Horizons spacecraft signal was received.

NASA TV is broadcasting confirmation that a signal has been received from the New Horizons spacecraft, which just flew as close to Pluto as it's going to get on a decades-long trip. This is the first ever flyby of Pluto in human history.

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NASA Ground team stands by for Pluto fly-by confirmation signal from New Horizons

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is expected to radio home any minute now. We're watching on NASA TV. The moment will end a nearly 22-hour radio blackout as the probe focused on a series of close-up observations of Pluto and its moons.

From SpaceFlight Now:

Engineers expect to lock on to a carrier signal, then start receiving housekeeping data on the status of the New Horizons spacecraft. No science data will come down during Tuesday night’s pass.

“The reason why you’re not seeing more things immediately is because the spacecraft is spending all its time making the observations of the Pluto system,” says Hal Weaver, New Horizons’ project sciences from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. “That’s what we wanted to do. Of course, you want to optimize the scientific return from the mission.

A signal from New Horizons will be a celebratory moment for the hundreds of engineers and scientists working on the mission. The cessation of communications was part of the plan going into the flyby because New Horizons carries a fixed antenna, meaning mission managers have to choose between contacting Earth and conducting scientific work at Pluto.

Watch live: Ground team standing by for New Horizons signal

Clyde William Tombaugh (February 4, 1906 – January 17, 1997) was an American astronomer. Although he is best known for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930.


Clyde William Tombaugh (February 4, 1906 – January 17, 1997) was an American astronomer. Although he is best known for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930.

Close-up images of Charon, Pluto's mysterious moon

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A cold and distant place, imaged for the first time from a distance seemingly within reach.

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Watch: NASA celebrates 50 years of planetary science awesomeness

On July 14, 2015, New Horizons will take the first close-up pictures of Pluto, exactly 50 years to the day after Mariner 4 flew by Mars and took the first close-up pictures ever of another planet.

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Epic photo of the International Space Station passing in front of the moon

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International Space Station over Australia,” by Dylan O'Donnell.

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New NASA imagery reveals extent of tar on Santa Barbara beaches left by Refugio oil spill

AVIRIS-NG red-green-blue (visible) aerial image of the Refugio Incident oil spill, showing oil on the water and on nearby Santa Barbara Channel beaches. NASA/JPL-Caltech


AVIRIS-NG red-green-blue aerial image of Refugio Incident oil spill, showing oil on the water and nearby beaches. NASA/JPL-Caltech

When an oil pipeline ruptured near Santa Barbara, California, on May 19, it leaked 105,000 barrels of crude oil onto Refugio State Beach, and another 21,000 gallons into the Pacific Ocean in the north Santa Barbara Channel. The Refugio Incident created an environmental nightmare for local beaches and wildlife, which continues still.

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NASA: We're headed for Jupiter's moon Europa

NASA today announced that a new mission to Europa is moving forward from concept review to development.

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Space in ultra-high def: NASA releases 4K video from International Space Station

“The view of life in space is getting a major boost with the introduction of 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video, providing an unprecedented look at what it's like to live and work aboard the International Space Station,” NASA says in the notes for this wonderful new ISS footage.

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“This important new capability will allow researchers to acquire high resolution/high frame rate video to provide new insight into the vast array of experiments taking place every day. It will also bestow the most breathtaking views of planet Earth and space station activities ever acquired for consumption by those still dreaming of making the trip to outer space.”

Here's the HD download link.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft to do close fly-by of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft will cruise very close to of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16, coming within 321 miles (516 kilometers) of the moon's surface if all goes as planned.

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Astronaut Terry Virts's photo of the Great Pyramids

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Tweet by Astronaut Terry Virts, who returned to Earth a few days after 200 days on the International Space Station: "It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these!"

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