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Science Wire | Jul 20, 2014

Best photos of Apollo 11 and first footsteps on moon

Today is the 45th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. “One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” The story in pictures.

Via  NASA/JPL/SSI/CICLOPS / Mother Jones
This Date in Science | Jul 19, 2014

This date in science: The day Earth smiled

On July 19, 2013, the Cassini spacecraft acquired a distant image of our home world, as we Earth citizens cast our thoughts spaceward.

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Science Wire | Jul 18, 2014

Is our universe a bubble?

The multiverse hypothesis – the idea that there are other universes – can be tested, scientists say.

Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
Tonight | Jul 17, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

It’s time for what we in the N. Hemisphere consider our best time of year to watch meteors. Learn when and where to catch shooting stars!

View larger. | A puncture (center right) in one of the Mars rover Curiosity’s wheels. (The sequence of cutouts at lower right are deliberate and imprint ‘JPL’ in Morse code as the wheels roll across the Martian surface.)  Image via NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS, Nature.
Science Wire | Jul 17, 2014

Mars Curiosity rover now crossing dangerous terrain

The car-sized rover is currently crossing a stretch of hard, rocky ground like that which previously dented and punctured its aluminum wheels.

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This Date in Science | Jul 17, 2014

This date in science: America and Russia meet in space

On July 17, 1975, a famous first handshake between nations in space.

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Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

Three next-generation dark matter experiments get a green light

Next generation, in this case, is defined as experiments that will be at least 10 times as sensitive as the current crop of dark matter detectors.

Apollo 11 blasts off to the moon, July 16, 1969, carrying the first three humans to visit another world.
Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

NASA re-enacted Apollo 11 launch on 45th anniversary today

What if we’d had Twitter on July 16, 1969, the day Apollo 11 launched carrying the first humans to the moon? NASA did a live-tweet reenactment today as if we had.

Via Kenneth Tanaka et. al.
Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

Geologic map of planet Mars

USGS released this cool geologic map of Mars this week, which was prepared for NASA. What to see first? Notice impact craters, in yellow.

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Science Wire | Jul 16, 2014

Astronaut’s Vine of auroras from space

Auroras are awesome to see from here on Earth. Check out the view from space! Vine posted by ISS astronaut Reid Wiseman.