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  1. Spock's Fictional Home Planet Discovered
    Gene Roddenberry once declared that if Spock's fictional home planet Vulcan did exist, it would probably orbit the star called 40 Eridani A. Astronomers have now found this star does have a planet.
  2. Cheers At SpaceX: Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot
    Yusaku Maezawa is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972.
  3. Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'
    Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person since 1972 to travel around the moon and the first-ever private citizen to do it. He was introduced at SpaceX headquarters near Los Angeles Monday night.
  4. 'Accessory To War' An Uncomfortable Wake-Up Call For Some
    An "unspoken alliance" between scientists and the military had been brewing for millennia prior to Hiroshima. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang excel at detailing this union and its possible future.
  5. Astrophysicist Awarded $3 Million Prize
    Jocelyn Bell Burnell may not have won a Nobel Prize, but she has received another major science prize. She tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro she plans to help others in the field.
  6. In 1974, They Gave The Nobel To Her Supervisor. Now She's Won A $3 Million Prize
    Fifty years ago, Jocelyn Bell Burnell saw a blip in the data from a radio telescope she helped build. The discovery of pulsars was "one of the biggest surprises in the history of astronomy."
  7. Who Caused The Mysterious Leak At The International Space Station?
    "We don't reject any theories," said Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space agency. That includes sabotage, though he suspects it was more likely a "technological error."
  8. Scientists Are Puzzled By Mysterious Lights In The Sky. They Call Them STEVE
    Scientists don't know what's causing the aurora-like phenomenon, which has been known to amateur photographers for decades but only recently came to the attention of researchers.
  9. Scientists In Canada Want Answers To STEVE
    Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement is the purple ribbon of light that streak across the night sky in parts of Canada. Scientists want to know where the energy the causes it comes from.
  10. NASA Launches Spacecraft Toward The Sun
    This morning, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe. The probe will attempt to get closer to the sun than any other human-made object.
  11. Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend — Just Look Up
    The shower will peak late Sunday night and early Monday morning, but you can also catch a good number of meteors in the middle of the night on Saturday. Find a dark spot and let your eyes adjust.
  12. VP Pence Unveils Plans For New Military Branch In Outer Space
    Vice President Pence unveiled the Pentagon's plans for a branch of the military that could fight in space on Thursday.
  13. NASA Braves The Heat To Get Up Close And Personal With Our Sun
    A new NASA probe will get closer to our sun than ever before, to try to solve mysteries like why its atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface.
  14. White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020
    Vice President Pence said in a speech Thursday that the Space Force, which would be the military's sixth branch, will "prepare for the next battlefield" and "a new generation of threats."
  15. SpaceX Falcon 9 Lifts Off In Florida, Places Indonesian Satellite In Orbit
    The launch marks the first reuse of an improved Falcon 9 "Block 5," which includes several upgrades designed to allow SpaceX to quickly refurbish and re-launch the rocket.
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