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Watch Out: 15 Eerie Abandoned Observatories

The outlook on (or from) abandoned observatories remains negative, mainly because there’s no one there to look up and no working optics to see through. Casualties of war, funding, politics and light pollution, these 15 eerie abandoned observatories have definitely seen better days… and nights.

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Is China’s Space Push Worth It?

The Wall Street Journal asks the question no one else is asking – why is China bothering with a Space Program? Click here to read it.

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Humor: The Phenomenauts “I’m With Neil”

I’m with Neil!

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NASA’S Orion Arrives At Kennedy, Work Underway For First Launch in 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — More than 450 guests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival of the agency’s first space-bound Orion spacecraft Monday, marking a major milestone in the construction of the vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. Click to read more.

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Space Porn: Night Skies

T-RECS – Night Skies from T-Recs (Timelapse Recordings) on Vimeo.

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Now Boarding: The Top 10 Private Spaceships

Space.com has a great summary of 10 upcoming privately funded spaceships.

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UK start-up will fly you to the moon for $150 million

The entire Apollo mission cost the U.S. government around $20 billion dollars — but if a U.K. start-up has its way, you could charter a trip for a flight around the Moon for the modest price of $150 million. In order to get you there, the company is looking to use tried-and-true technologies developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s for its Mir and Zarya programs. Aside from figuring out how you’re going to come up with that sum of money, the only question you need to ask yourself now is, do you dare? Read more here.

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Stunning Video – This is Our Planet

This is Our Planet from Tomislav Safundžić on Vimeo.

Check out a great resource for Maps Online.

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NASA finds hidden ocean on Saturn’s moon Titan

Using incredibly precise measurements from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, researchers have concluded that Saturn’s biggest moon is likely hiding a global, sub-surface water ocean, 100 km beneath its surface. i09 has the details here.

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Video: Mars One – Big Brother in space?

Mars One is a company aiming to send astronauts on a one-way mission to space – in history’s biggest reality TV series. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.