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Say Cheese: Cassini to Snap Another "Pale Blue Dot" Picture of Earth

Citizens of Earth, get ready for your Cassini close-up: once again the spacecraft is preparing to capture images of Saturn positioned between it and …

National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

It has long been theorized that the best way to harness the sun’s energy is to launch solar power systems into orbit. This week, the National Space …

For Sharpest Views, Scope The Sky With Quick-Change Mirrors

It used to be that if astronomers wanted to get rid of the blurring effects of the atmosphere, they had to put their telescopes in space. But a technology called adaptive optics has changed all that.<p>Adaptive optics systems use computers to analyze the light coming from a star, and then compensate …

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NASA Will Join Japan And Italy On Mission To Mercury

A third trip so close to the sun<p>The U.S. is joining Italy and Japan on a trip to Mercury. Once there, the joint mission will determine the makeup and history of a planet that's been difficult to study because of its proximity to the sun.<p>NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited Rome last week and …

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Success!<p>Featured videos<p>Featured videos<p>Travel inspiration<p>Lace up your boots for an adventure<p>From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long hikes, there’s nothing quite like the freedom of exploring the world on foot. Check out our Explore Every Day hub for tons of ideas and inspiration on how to …

5 Sky Events This Week: Venus Buzzes Beehive, Morning Return of Mars

Changing Planet<p>The Beehive Cluster in the constellation Cancer will host Venus as it appears to glide through the 600 light year distant group of stars. Credit: Tom Bash and John Fox/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF<p><b>Early evening and mornings this first week of July offer up some celestial close encounters</b> …

Photo: Hubble Spies Galactic Penguin and Egg

Wildlife<p>This newly released picture postcard from Hubble Space Telescope, taken in both visible and infrared light, shows two galaxies interacting.<br>Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)<p><b>The Hubble Space Telescope has spied a pair of giant galaxies that bear a striking</b> …

Luxury villas and chateaux in France: 12 great escapes

Best Trips 2013

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

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1000 Photos, 36 keepers

This is a 30 min preview of the 4+ hour post-processing landscape tutorial from New Zealand. We recently had people came from all over the world to …

A view of the city from the Hollywood Hills

The Google Science Fair – Free educational event – The Science of Photography<p>I know some of you were able to watch the Google Science Fair event a …