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Second Attempt to Launch Cygnus to the Space Station Scrubbed by Wind [UPDATED] Second Attempt to Launch Cygnus to the Space Station Scrubbed by Wind [UPDATED]

After getting rained out yesterday, it’s time to start preparing for the next launch window for the Cygnus spacecraft. If it succeeds, this will be the first launch for the cargo tug since the previous one blew up in October 2014. UPDATE: Gusts of wind caused first delays and finally a scrub for the launch attempt…

Toolmarks on Mars Leave a Trail of Robotic Graffiti Toolmarks on Mars Leave a Trail of Robotic Graffiti

Our robots are equipped tools that leave behind distinctive marks on the fourth planet from the Sun. Here’s how those tools have changed over time to leave a more lasting impression on Mars, and what we can expect from the robots of the future.

Construction Permits Revoked on the Thirty-Meter Telescope in Hawaii Construction Permits Revoked on the Thirty-Meter Telescope in Hawaii

It’s a clash of gods, science, lava, stars, and the law for the Thirty-Meter Telescope in Hawaii. The would-be new largest telescope on the planet just had its construction permit yanked by the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Japanese Spacecraft Reveals Our Home is a Lonely Outpost in the Darkness Japanese Spacecraft Reveals Our Home is a Lonely Outpost in the Darkness

Our home planet and its moon are but specks against the vast blackness of space in this image from the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2. The robotic explorer is currently flying past the Earth to redirect its trajectory into the main asteroid belt.

Relax in the Tranquility of a Desert Sunset Relax in the Tranquility of a Desert Sunset

Stop. Breathe. Bask in the blissful relaxation of sunset in Queen Valley. Feel better? Good.

Astronauts: Pooping in Apollo Bags is so Bad We'd Rather Land Early Astronauts: Pooping in Apollo Bags is so Bad We'd Rather Land Early

What’s worse than a broken space-toilet? A broken space-toilet when it’s your very first shift as boss, and suddenly you have to work on the logistics of either getting it fixed or landing your astronauts in Africa. This is Flight Director Rob Kelso’s first-hand account of the narrowly-averted shitstorm.

Curiosity Rover Eases Into First Exploration of Martian Dunes Curiosity Rover Eases Into First Exploration of Martian Dunes

A mix of rock and sand greeted the Curiosity Rover as it approaches the Bagnold Dune field, the dunes slowly encroaching on weathered outcrops. This is our first visit to active dunes anywhere but on Earth.

Canada Knows How to Party While Protesting Climate Change Inaction Canada Knows How to Party While Protesting Climate Change Inaction

This weekend, Climate March happened all over the world as restless citizens reminded their governments that they deeply care about the future of their planet. Here’s what we saw on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Watch the Cygnus Get Ready for Its First Post-Explosion Cargo Run to the Space Station Watch the Cygnus Get Ready for Its First Post-Explosion Cargo Run to the Space Station

What goes into preparing a spacecraft for a cargo run to the space station? Take a peek behind the scenes with this gallery of photos from preparing the Cygnus spacecraft for its first cargo run since the last attempt ended in explosion last year.

A Broken Toilet in Space is a Special Brand of Horror A Broken Toilet in Space is a Special Brand of Horror

Astronaut Fred Gregory is the front-runner for Worst Thanksgiving Ever. His tale of a plumbing failure while on the zero-g toilet resulting in a very personal depressurization under a gushing torrent of freezing oxygen still makes us cringe over a decade later.

Morning Sun Transforms this Landscape into an Optical Illusion Morning Sun Transforms this Landscape into an Optical Illusion

Steeply-angled sunlight creates a muddled mystery of which terrain are mountains or valleys in this early-morning scene. Only snaking fog shrouding the river reveals the secrets of the inverted topography.

Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA's Recipe for Cornbread Dressing Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA's Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast in space is a lot easier than here on Earth, but the end after dehydration, irradiation, and rehydration aren’t exactly the height of appetizing. Still, the environment more than makes up for it, and apparently the cornbread dressing is (relatively) fantastic.

Fires Leave Picture-Perfect Scars in the Australian Outback Fires Leave Picture-Perfect Scars in the Australian Outback

November 23, 2002: Fire scars cut through the green scrub to the orange dunes below in this view of the Simpson Desert, Australia.

Admire the Peculiar Beauty of Italy Sleeping in Moonlight Admire the Peculiar Beauty of Italy Sleeping in Moonlight

City lights trace out settlements in the matte black of Italy at night, but moonglint softens the surrounding water.

Apollo 16: "We Like Big Rocks" Apollo 16: "We Like Big Rocks"

April 1972: The fourth pair of astronauts to visit the moon were the most enthusiastic geologists, bringing home the largest sample ever collected from the moon.

Always Suit Up Before Firing a Rocket Indoors Always Suit Up Before Firing a Rocket Indoors

How powerful was the Saturn rocket that boosted the Apollo missions into low Earth orbit? So powerful even the models for the Saturn rocket boosters produced hundreds of pounds of thrust for every engine.

This is One Extremely Large, Impressive Wind Tunnel This is One Extremely Large, Impressive Wind Tunnel

May 17, 1956: The swinging doors of this massive supersonic wind tunnel utterly dwarf the puny engineer deluding himself that he can control its voracious appetite.

Fake Winds and High Ceilings Make the Perfect Test for this Enormous Parachute Fake Winds and High Ceilings Make the Perfect Test for this Enormous Parachute

April 10, 1990: This is what happens when you unfurl a massive parachute in the world’s largest wind tunnel.

What Drives an Astronaut to Strike? What Drives an Astronaut to Strike?

Astronauts work incredibly hard, putting in long hours in unnatural, difficult conditions. But sometimes they get pushed too hard, and reach a breaking point. This is the story of Skylab 4, the astronaut crew that kicked off the holidays with a mutiny.

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