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  1. Cassini Spacecraft Heads To Saturn
    The Cassini spacecraft, launched in 1997, has begun its final trip, which will end in its eventual destruction on Saturn. It recently sent back a picture of Earth from 870 million miles away.
  2. In A New 'Anti-Science' Era, Bill Nye 'Saves The World' With Same Optimism
    "The Science Guy" dons his lab coat and bow tie uniform yet again, this time, in a a new political context. In his new Netflix series, Nye tackles climate change deniers and beyond.
  3. Lights Off, Blankets Out: Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight
    Conditions on Friday night and before dawn on Saturday should be ideal for spotting the streaks of space debris — leftover particles from a comet that was last seen in 1861.
  4. Astronaut, Cosmonaut And Stuffed Dog Arrive At International Space Station
    It's the first mission to space for American Jack Fischer, who says there is one aspect of space station life that you can't train for on Earth: using a zero-gravity toilet.
  5. An Asteroid Is Swinging By Earth Today For Its Closest Visit In 400 Years
    Don't worry: Astronomers say asteroid 2014 JO25, which is more than a third of a mile wide, will fly harmlessly past our planet. Still, it should come close enough to be visible with small telescopes.
  6. WATCH: NASA Livestreams 360-Degree View Of Rocket Launch
    A special 360-degree camera was installed on the launch pad near the base of the Atlas V rocket heading to the International Space Station.
  7. Russia To Send Gun-Toting Humanoid Into Space
    Russia's space-bound robot FEDOR, Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, is being trained to shoot guns from both of its hands. An official says the robot is not a real-life Terminator.
  8. Scientists Find Signs That Saturn's Moon Enceladus Might Be Hospitable To Life
    "This is the closest we've come, so far, to identifying a place with some of the ingredients needed for a habitable environment," NASA says. There are signs of a promising reaction under the surface.
  9. Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research
    The National Academy of Sciences has toughened up its guidelines to call cutting corners, dubious statistics and not fully sharing research methods "detrimental" to science.
  10. NASA's Cassini Begins Its Final Mission Before Self-Destruction
    NASA's Cassini's spacecraft will begin the final stages of its 20-year mission to Saturn before diving into the planet and ending its lengthy stretch orbiting the planet.
  11. SpaceX Reuses A Rocket To Launch A Satellite
    The private company sees Thursday's achievement as a step toward cheaper flights into deep space. The aerospace industry essentially has been throwing away its hefty and expensive rockets.
  12. The Fight For Pluto's Fate As A Planet Continues
    About a decade ago Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet. Now scientists are arguing that because of shape and surface features, Pluto and 110 bodies in our solar system deserve to be planets.
  13. Chuck Berry Immortalized On Voyager Space Mission
    In 1977, a recording of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was included on a golden disc sent to space with the Voyager mission. The mission continues today.
  14. Digitization Unearths New Data From Cold War-Era Nuclear Test Films
    The U.S. conducted hundreds of atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962 — and filmed them. A project to digitize those films has changed the analysis of the nuclear explosions themselves.
  15. Scientists Catch Star And Possible Black Hole In A Rapid, Dangerous Dance
    The white dwarf is whizzing around what researchers think is a black hole at an extraordinary speed — at least twice an hour. It is believed to be a star's closest known orbit to a black hole.
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