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Watch the Second Attempt to Launch Cygnus to the Space Station [LIVE]

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
.

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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.

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Construction Permits Pulled 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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