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  1. Why We Should Be Wary Of Moon Tourism
    Forty-eight years ago Friday, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin packed up the moon rocks they'd gathered and blasted off for their trip back to Earth. Should the stuff they left behind be protected?
  2. Moon Dust Bag, Accidentally In Private Hands, Auctioned For $1.5 Million
    NASA lost track of a bag that was used to carry samples during the first moon landing. A woman in Illinois bought the artifact for less than $1,000; on Thursday, it was sold for $1.5 million.
  3. Viewing The Great American Eclipse
    There's something deeply moving about watching the sun become progressively covered by the moon — and you have a rare chance to see this in the U.S. on Aug. 21, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.
  4. Beam Me Up, Scotty ... Sort Of. Chinese Scientists 'Teleport' Photon To Space
    Chinese scientists have announced they pulled off a successful teleportation of a photon from Earth to space. But what does that really mean?
  5. NASA Spacecraft Gets Up Close With Jupiter's Great Red Spot
    NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly directly over the Great Red Spot, a swirling storm on Jupiter, on Monday. Scientists are hoping to gain a better understanding of the storm and why it persists.
  6. To Prepare For Mars Settlement, Simulated Missions Explore Utah's Desert
    NASA plans to send people to the Red Planet in the 2030s. In the meantime, a remote location in southern Utah serves as a non-NASA training ground for the Mars-minded.
  7. Another July 4th Anniversary: Pathfinder's Landing On Mars
    In 1997, the spacecraft's mission paved the way for the more sophisticated rovers operating on the Red Planet today.
  8. A Total Eclipse Will Sweep The U.S. In August, And People Are Going Nuts For It
    NASA says a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the country. But within a "path of totality" from Oregon to South Carolina, an eclipse industry is booming.
  9. Moonwalkers' Apollo 11 Capsule Gets Needed Primping For Its Star Turn On Earth
    In 1969 it was the orbiting home and refuge for the first astronauts who walked on the moon. Today, after decades on display in a Smithsonian museum, the module is being restored for a national tour.
  10. Congressman Proposes A Military 'Space Corps'
    NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama about a bipartisan bill that would create a new part of the military for space operations, called Space Corps.
  11. Inside Mars Simulator, IKEA Designers Learn How To Live In Close Quarters
    IKEA exiled designers to a research station in Utah modeled after a living situation on the planet Mars. They hope the experience will inspire them to create similar spaces around the world.
  12. Meet Your Lucky Stars: NASA Announces A New Class Of Astronaut Candidates
    This year was one of the most competitive applicant pools in the agency's history. One of the candidates explains what it takes to earn a coveted spot — and why so many want to be an astronaut today.
  13. Scientists Discover A Scorched Planet With A Comet-Like Tail
    The planet called KELT-9b is around three times more massive than Jupiter. It orbits a blue star about 650 light-years away from Earth that's nearly twice as hot as our own sun.
  14. Citizen Scientists Comb Images To Find An 'Overexcited Planet'
    In a crowdsourced search for celestial objects, four volunteers helped scientists identify a brown dwarf by studying images taken over the years by a NASA satellite.
  15. NASA Plans To Launch A Probe Next Year To 'Touch The Sun'
    The small spacecraft is set to hurtle toward the sun at about 450,000 miles per hour. Scientists hope it will clear up some big mysteries, such as why the sun's atmosphere is hotter than its surface.

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