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Marvel at the space-beauty of Cassini's final close-up image of Saturn's moon Dione

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute


This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

“A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close approach to the small, icy world. Two of the new images show the surface of Dione at the best resolution ever.”

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Greens grown in space are now on Space Station astronaut menu

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NASA

Fresh veggies grown in space microgravity are on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.

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How to name an exoplanet, by XKCD

Randall Munroe has a hot take on the recent space news around Kepler 452-B and Pluto.

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NASA unveils gorgeous new false-color image of Pluto

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It may be 'shopped, and we can tell by the pixels, but it's just the most beautiful image of Pluto mankind has ever seen. It's also 2.2 km/pixel, and the most detailed ever.

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NASA completes rocket design review for future Mars journey

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NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) is about to go into full-scale fabrication after a detailed review. SLS Block 1, which just passed a design review milestone, will go to an asteroid placed in lunar orbit, and eventually to Mars.

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First near-Earth-size planet in “habitable zone” around sun-like star confirmed by NASA

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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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Pluto and other known “not-planets” in our solar system mapped in scale image montage

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.


Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.

“Now that I have a reasonable-resolution global color view of Pluto,” writes Emily Lakdawalla, “I can drop it into one of my trademark scale image montages, to show you how it fits in with the rest of the similar-sized worlds in the solar system: the major moons and the biggest asteroids.”

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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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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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Watch: Fly over the dwarf planet Ceres in this new NASA video

Here's a newly-released video animation of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, that provides “dramatic flyover views of this heavily cratered, mysterious world.”

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