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    22 November 2017

    Our virtual tour of the solar system continues with the planet Mercury! Join us as we explore the closest planet to the Sun in the latest podcast episode of ‘Gravity Assist’. Download and listen: http://go.nasa.gov/2jLJgA2

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    22 November 2017

    Flying home for Thanksgiving? NASA Aeronautics research is helping airlines more efficiently plan routes, ease congestion and reduce flight delays: http://go.nasa.gov/2jNX4dB

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    22 November 2017

    What are you bringing to Thanksgiving this year? Treat your friends and family to astronaut-style cornbread with this recipe straight out of our Space Food Laboratory, no freeze drying required: http://go.nasa.gov/2jNWBIn

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    22 November 2017

    Satellites captured a dense plume of dust blanketing the landscape of Alaska’s south coast on Nov. 15. The dust was thickest within the Copper River Valley. Just over the ridge line to the west, on Saddlebag Glacier and lake, the air and snow were comparatively clean. Take a Look: http://go.nasa.gov/2jRivKQ

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    22 November 2017

    Satellites in space are keeping an eye on two storm systems in the United States for pre-Thanksgiving travelers. Get the details: http://go.nasa.gov/2hWrgCN

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    22 November 2017

    On Oct. 5, our SOFIA Flying Observatory was in the right place at the right time to see the shadow of #Neptunesmoon Triton during an eclipse-like event to study its atmosphere. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2jMZid8

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    22 November 2017

    Flying home today for Thanksgiving? There are decades of NASA Aeronautics research onboard each commercial airplane, making flying safer & more efficient. Take a look: http://go.nasa.gov/2hXdrDU

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    22 November 2017

    #CyberMonday is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. We're investigating how to bring cyber to outer space by developing new space communications technology. Space communications is very difficult because missions don't always have a full bandwidth connection with Earth. Reliably delivering data from missions to different destinations across not-always-connected paths currently requires a lot of advanced planning. A technology called Disruption Tolerant Networking will change all that. Find out more with Dave Israel, architect of space communications, at 3 p.m. EST on Nov. 27.

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    22 November 2017

    Expanding in-orbit storage. The experimental Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is currently being converted into a cargo platform on the International Space Station. After a year and a half test period, the crew is working to replace old hardware with new electronics and stowage gear. Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2A10hdP

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    22 November 2017

    A quirky comet, with an unexpected chemical fingerprint, zipped past Earth earlier this year and is changing our thinking on how comets form and evolve. Learn more about comet 45P: http://go.nasa.gov/2jLTj8a

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    21 November 2017

    If you plant it, will it grow…in space? See how astronauts are producing fresh, palatable and nutritious food like this hearty red lettuce aboard the International Space Station: http://go.nasa.gov/2jOuYip

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    21 November 2017

    Water from melted ice on land doesn’t spread evenly across the world’s oceans because of a gravitational push-pull between ice and ocean. This new tool links changes in sea level in 293 port cities to specific regions of melting land ice. Take a closer look: http://go.nasa.gov/2jLCSZC

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    21 November 2017

    Before taking its final dive, our Cassini spacecraft took one last glance at Saturn’s icy moon Rhea: http://go.nasa.gov/2jLPWya

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    21 November 2017

    In a world fraught with obstacles, who will prevail in a race against time: human or machine? See what happens when we race a drone controlled by artificial intelligence against another guided by a professional human pilot: http://go.nasa.gov/2hSENey

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    21 November 2017

    Exploration requires mobility. And whether you’re on Earth or as far away as the Moon or Mars, you need good tires to get your vehicle from one place to another. Take a look at how we reinvent the wheel: http://go.nasa.gov/2hQq8jN

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    21 November 2017

    After more than 13 years at Saturn, and with its fate sealed, our Cassini spacecraft bid farewell by firing the shutters of its wide-angle camera and capturing this last, full mosaic of Saturn and its rings on Sept. 13, two days before the spacecraft's dramatic plunge into the planet's atmosphere. Take a look: http://go.nasa.gov/2hU1GOy

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    21 November 2017

    A shadowy, dark expanse extending across the top of the Sun and down each side was the most prominent feature in this Nov. 11 Solar Dynamics Observatory image: http://go.nasa.gov/2hRtOCb

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    21 November 2017

    #ICYMI: With a bright flash & a streak of light NOAA’s #JPSS1 launched Saturday with 4 tiny hitchhikers designed to advance flight-qualified technology & enhance weather prediction. Find out more: http://go.nasa.gov/2jJJAPH

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    20 November 2017

    Seasonal weather predictions can be extremely useful to agricultural planning and for anticipating large-scale climate events. See how an instrument launched on NOAA’s JPSS-1 could improve near-term, seasonal forecasts: http://go.nasa.gov/2jHbLPB

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    20 November 2017

    The 40-ton door of a chamber that brought NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to frigid space-like temperatures was unsealed on Nov. 18 after about 100 days of cryogenic testing. We take a look at the telescope inside: http://go.nasa.gov/2jIdYde

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Space Channel on Blasting News: Subscribe to this channel to get latest updates about space missions and much more

For hundreds of thousands of years, space (or the outer space) remained out of reach for humans. Like any unattainable thing or object, this vast, empty space above the Earth’s surface was always dreamed about by humans. When seen from Earth, this near-vacuum region between stars and planets appears so peaceful that different cultures and civilizations that evolved across the world interpreted it in their own ways. People also started relating space to the concept of heaven—a place where divine powers were believed to live in eternal bliss.

A space odyssey

Humans’ physical exploration of space started in mid-20th century with large balloons that were able to go high up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Balloon flights were followed by unmanned rocket launches. In 1961, the Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to successfully complete a trip to the Earth orbit. In the past six decades, various space agencies, including NASA and Roscosmos, have sent their unmanned spacecraft to all the known planets in Earth’s solar system.

Some questions that often intrigue common people are: What are the boundaries of space? Where does it begin and end? How is space different from the Universe? Universe encompasses everything (from an atom to a star) that is known to exist. Space is what lies between us and the planets/stars as well as the region lying between all the celestial objects.

What are the characteristics of space? Humans’ exploration of space has revealed space to be a strange place without noise, air, or smell. Astronauts who visited space couldn’t spot any divine power living in space; instead, they found it filled with complete silence. It is a place where high-energy cosmic phenomena happen regularly—emanating different forms of radiations.

Current space research

For scientists, space is a one-of-its-kind laboratory that allows carrying out new experiments, which are impossible to conduct on Earth. The focus of current space research has shifted on carrying out manned mission beyond Earth’s orbit, such as the Moon and Mars. Every month, exciting space missions are being announced to improve human understanding of this region.

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