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A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, May 2. NASA TV will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure starting at 10 a.m. EDT (14:00 UTC).
Eleven-year-old Venetia Burney suggested Pluto, a classical mythological god of the underworld. The name also honored Percival Lowell, whose early efforts led to Pluto’s discovery.
Blue Origin’s suborbital rocket New Shepard made its 8th test flight on April 29, going up from the company’s launch site in West Texas. Watch mission highlights here.
The moon swept past the very bright planet Jupiter this week. Gorgeous photos from the EarthSky community, here. Thanks to all who submitted!
Fossil footprints track a prehistoric hunt.
The virtual exoplanet tour has a cool 360-degree visual display. Since launching in late 2017, it’s had over a million YouTube views. Check it out here.
New research shows that even the Arctic Ocean isn’t immune to an influx of plastic.
An art historian describes how he and his team use an analysis technique similar to facial recognition, to unlock architectural secrets.
Launched last week, TESS will scan 200,000 close and bright stars, seeking new planets and possibly livable worlds. Here’s a roundtable discussion with 2 scientists on the TESS mission.
April 22 is the date of Earth Day in part because of Arbor Day, an earlier observance. The focus of Earth Day 2018 is plastic pollution.
Beauty! Moon and Jupiter May 25 to 28
Astronauts’ views of Mount Shasta