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The United States' largest rocket launched a spy satellite on a hush-hush mission earlier today (Aug. 28). http://oak.ctx.ly/r/av98 The unmanned Delta 4-Heavy rocket lifted off the pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 2:03 p.m. EDT (1803 GMT) today, carrying a classified payload to a polar orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

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NASA's AIRS Instrument Sees Spread of Pollution from Western Wildfires

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Scientists have captured the blast from a supernova 10,000 light-years away in a cosmic speed trap, clocking the shockwave from the dead star's explosive end at speeds of nearly 8 miles per second. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/avyb Supernova remnant W44 is the focus of this annotated image created by combining data from ESA’s Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories. W44 is about 10,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle.

NASA Mars Rover Views Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program

PASADENA, Calif. - Images taken with a telephoto-lens camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity catch the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing …

SNC Dream Chaser Captive-Carry Test August 2013

Morpheus Lander on Twitter: "LIFTED! Clearing the pad! We are LIVE! Tune in NOW! http://t.co/g0D0DDgDOb http://t.co/vjygqtlKMS"

8/27/13: Homers boost Petit to first win of 2013