Could we find aliens in 20 years? That’s debatable

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A prominent NASA scientist claims that we will find signs of alien life within 20 years. Others disagree, but say we should keep looking anyway.

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Astronaut creates out of this world photo loop

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NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio returned to Earth from the International Space Station in May, but his space photos continue to go viral.

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Will the stars align? What to know about tonight’s meteor shower

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Will a new meteor shower known as the Camelopardalids sizzle or fizzle?

Find out how to make the most of the Saturday morning’s celestial cliffhanger.

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'Earth's Cousin': Scientists find alien planet that's most like home

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Scientists say a world that’s 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we’ve ever seen.

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Red side of the moon: ‘Blood’ eclipse sweeps sky

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The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years turned the moon into a cosmic red ball early Tuesday.

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Moon-day! Set your clock for the lunar eclipse

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Monday night’s marvels are worth staying up late for: Not only will Mars be bigger and brighter than it’s been for more than six years, but you’ll also be able to see the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years.

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Hubble Telescope celebrates 24 years with a great wave

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Astronomers have caught a cosmic wave to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch.

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Want to name for a Mars Crater? It’ll cost you $5

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Uwingu, a commercial venture that raises funds for space science, is following up on its exoplanet-naming campaign with a new effort that’s closer to home: soliciting name suggestions for hundreds of thousands of Martian craters.

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Wow! Sochi’s Olympic lights look dazzling from space

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The International Space Station’s astronauts are snapping fantastic pictures of the Sochi Olympics from 260 miles away.

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Opportunity rover finds fresh signs that ancient Mars was life-friendly

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Ten years after it landed on Mars, NASA’s Opportunity rover has hit pay dirt again: This time, the rover’s scientists are reporting new evidence that garden-variety life could have thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

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'Hand of God' spotted by NASA space telescope

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Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the “Hand of God.”

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Spacewalkers finish crucial space station repairs in time for Christmas

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Nearly two weeks after a faulty coolant valve crippled the International Space Station, two NASA astronauts took on a tricky Christmas Eve spacewalk to get things back to normal.

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Spacewalkers do repairs more quickly than expected — and stay dry
Two NASA spacewalkers started fixing the International Space Station’s cooling system more quickly than expected on Saturday, with no sign of the helmet-flooding problem that led NASA to outfit astronauts with snorkels for the first time.

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A peak performance by Geminid meteor shower: See it live or online

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One of the best meteor showers of the year is set to put on a performance Friday night, but if you can’t catch the cosmic display in person, you can watch it live online.

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BREAKING: NASA reports serious problem with space station coolant system

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A problem with one of the International Space Station’s cooling systems may require a repair spacewalk, NASA told NBC News on Wednesday.

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