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July 23, 2014

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1:00 PM | Here's Our Original Coverage of Apollo 11
Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first footprints on the Moon, and it was epic. Popular Science covered this enormous achievement with an article by Wernher von Braun– a German-born engineer, now known as "The Father of Rocket Science,"  who built the Saturn V launch vehicle that brought Apollo to the Moon. In our July 1969 issue, he described the plans for Armstrong and Aldrin's two-hour rendevous with the Moon. (You can read […]

July 18, 2014

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8:27 PM | Woman Grows A Nose On Her Spine After Stem Cell Experiment
Just a regular nose on somebody's face. David Goehring via Flickr CC 2.0 Eight years ago, doctors took nasal tissue samples and grafted them onto the spines of 20 quadriplegics. The idea was that stem cells within the nasal tissue might turn into neurons that could help repair the damaged spinal cord, and the experiment actually worked a few of the patients, who regained a little bit of sensation. But it didn’t go well for one woman in particular, who not only didn’t experience […]

July 17, 2014

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8:22 PM | The Comet We've Targeted To Land On Turns Out To Be Duck-Shaped
At this moment, the Rosetta spacecraft is about 250,000,000 miles away from Earth and quickly approaching the (not-so-poetically named) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The European Space Agency launched Rosetta in 2004 with a plan to send it to 67P and drop a robotic lander onto a comet's surface for the first time ever. But as Rosetta flies nearer and nearer to the comet, it has made an unexpected discovery. When Hubble imaged 67P back in 2003, scientists […]

July 15, 2014

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8:44 PM | Wanted: Uteruses To Populate Space Colony
NASA's First Class of Female Astronauts, 1979. Sally Ride (right) became NASA's first female astronaut in 1983--twenty years after the first men went up. Next to her is Anna Lee Fisher, renowned for becoming the first mother in space. NASA Who will make our sandwiches in space? In the 1960s, the vision of the perfect female astronaut was as a space mom—a woman who would cook and clean and sew spacesuits, all while using her bounteous uterus to give birth to the little boys and […]

July 10, 2014

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7:30 PM | 'Homemade' Telescope Spots Seven Dwarves in Space
The Seven Dwarfs. Seven newly discovered dwarf galaxies encircle the (previously known) spiral galaxy M101. Yale News Please join us in welcoming seven new galaxies to the Universe. Technically, the galaxies have probably existed for billions of years, but these seven had slipped under the radar until now. They’re dwarf galaxies, so-named because they contain only a few billion stars, compared to galaxies such as our own Milky Way, which may contain up to 400 billion stars. Dwarfs […]

July 03, 2014

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6:03 PM | The First “Potentially Habitable” Exoplanet Was Probably Just a Sunspot
The exoplanet formerly known as Gliese 581g. Artist interpretation from NASA Way back in 2010, Gliese 581g made waves as “the Goldilocks planet”. It was the first planet scientists found within the habitable zone—the region around a star where it’s not too hot and not too cold for liquid water to endure on a planet’s surface. But after the initial excitement about finding a planet that could potentially support life, some scientists started to seriously doubt […]
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