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SpaceX to Launch the Future of Satellite Maintenance Tomorrow

SpaceX is bringing supplies to the ISS for the 10th time, including the highly anticipated Raven module to allow autonomous satellite rendezvous and repairs.<p>SpaceX is launching its 10th resupply mission to the International Space Station on Saturday at 10:01 a.m. EST, and the Dragon capsule will be …

How NASA Discovered Enceladus Has an Ocean

From icy ball to salt-filled ocean, one spacecraft has led the way.<p>The year is 2005, and the Cassini spacecraft is closing in on Saturn's moon Enceladus for the very first time. Both NASA's Voyager probes had visited the distant moon about two decades earlier, and from those observations, NASA was …

Juno spacecraft gives up, decides to take the long way around Jupiter

It's permanently stuck in the wrong orbit, but at least there's a nice view<p>The Juno spacecraft has been stuck in the wrong orbit around Jupiter for months, and today NASA announced that they're just going to leave it there. The team has given up on finding a way into a more ideal orbit.<p>The Juno …

Astronomy

Weird Life Found Trapped in Giant Underground Crystals

Boston, Massachusetts<p>Floating in pockets of fluid, the microbes are likely new to science and may be up to 50,000 years old, a NASA researcher says.<p>Creatures that thrive on iron, sulfur, and other chemicals have been found trapped inside giant crystals deep in a Mexican cave. The microbial …

The Best and Worst Presidential Memoirs

Jefferson set an impossibly high standard for subsequent presidents in many areas, including memoir. No one matched him until Grant, and since then …

Beyond Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Heads to Next Adventure

To Pluto and beyond!<p>Nearly two years after its historic encounter with the dwarf planet Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is getting ready for …

Man Posts Hilarious List of All the Random Things That Make His Wife Cry

"She was hungover and saw a picture of a piglet."<p>Some people are really sensitive to the world. My mother cries at pretty much everything. She cries when she sees birds nuzzling in their nests. She cries when she sees a spider get eaten. She cries when it rains. Sometimes, she cries because the …

The Parenting Advice I Couldn't Ignore

This summer, our family went on a tried-and-true Minnesota vacation. We rented a small cabin up north that had just enough room for the five of us to sleep in, play cards in, and stumble over each other on our way outside. It was perfect.<p>In between sunrise swims and still-gone-fishing sunsets was …

A NASA video shows what a total lunar eclipse looks like from the moon, and it's mind-blowing

There is only one cosmic phenomenon that could generate this seemingly red ring of fire around Earth:<p>Thanks to this incredible animation by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, you can see what this month's total lunar eclipse will look like from a vantage point unlike any other: the moon.<p>If …

Astronomy

20 Time Management Hacks I Wish I'd Known Before My 20s

Being able to manage your time most appropriately is something best done as early as possible. The earlier in life that you start, the better such …

Nat Geo Staff Picks: The Best of Montana

Montana’s beautiful national parks and charming small towns are more than enough reason to add the state to your next travel itinerary. Not sure where to start your tour of Big Sky Country? We’ve got you covered.<p><b>Here are a few of the National Geographic Travel team’s favorite spots in …

Large Hadron Collider captures incredibly rare particle decay for the first time

Experts say findings will help guide the quest to explain what physics cannot<p>For the first time, scientists at CERN have observed extremely rare leftovers from subatomic particles. The observations support a fundamental theory of particle physics, according to a paper published today in the journal</i> …

Physics

The ‘most powerful’ classroom innovation — by the $1 million teaching prize winner

Nancie Atwell is the renowned founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning, an award-winning non-profit independent K-8 demonstration school in Edgecomb, Maine, where she teaches seventh- and eighth-grade writing, reading and history. She is the author of numerous books, including the classic …

Teaching

50 Apps and Websites to Optimize Your Vacation

Technology has completely changed the way we travel. Even when going on an off-grid adventure, we document every detail to save as soon as we’re back …

Los Angeles

This Is What Space Sounds Like

While it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream, that doesn’t necessarily mean the universe is completely silent. Recordings released …