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06 Feb 16  

 What Is a 'Morning Star,' and What Is an 'Evening Star'? SPACE.com
What is a "morning star," and what is an "evening star"? Aren't they all planets? Can a planet sometimes be both of those things, or neither? Here's the complete guide for understanding these stargazing terms.
 NASA's Orion Crew Module Arrives in Florida to Prep for 2018 Flight SPACE.com
The crew module of NASA's Orion capsule, which is scheduled to fly around the moon on a 2018 test flight, arrived at the agency's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida this week.
 Where the Super Bowl Meets Space: NASA's Aerodynamics Lab SPACE.com
The secret to throwing a perfect football pass can be revealed with lots of practice on the field — or by studying the ball's aerodynamics, as scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center did.
05 Feb 16  

 NASA Administrator Remembers Apollo-Era Astronaut Edgar Mitchell NASA Breaking News
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell:
 US Air Force Launches GPS Satellite to Complete Navigation Constellation SPACE.com
An Atlas V rocket carrying the GPS IIF-12 satellite successfully took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:38 a.m. EST (1338 GMT) today (Feb. 5). The satellite is the 12th and final member of the IIF series.
 Time-Traveling TV: LG Super Bowl Ad Features 'Man from the Future' SPACE.com
The minute-long ad, which will air Sunday (Feb. 7) during Super Bowl 50, stars actor Liam Neeson as "The Man from the Future," who travels back in time to tell a younger version of himself about the coming revolution in viewing technology.
 Saturn V vs. SLS - Both Old Tech | Video SPACE.com
The congressionally-mandated Space Launch System, currently in development, is built upon legacy technology. This NASA video compares the giant of Apollo to the Shuttle-derived ‘new’ SLS.
 Mirror accomplished ESA Space Science news

The 18th and final segment on James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror was installed on 3 February
 SpaceX's Grasshopper: Reusable Rocket Prototype SPACE.com
Grasshopper was a reusable rocket prototype tested by the company SpaceX in preparation for more ambitious launches.
 Elon Musk: Private Space Entrepreneur SPACE.com
Elon Musk founded SpaceX with ambitions to explore Mars.
 Send Humans to Mars Orbit, Not the Surface (Op-Ed) SPACE.com
If the United States shifts priorities from landing on Mars to orbiting it, the mission can start with a single component ready to launch.
 Universe's 'Dark Ages' May Come to Light with Moon Orbiter SPACE.com
The Dark Ages Radio Explorer (DARE) mission would dodge Earth's noisy, disruptive environment to shine some light on the universe's early "dark ages" — with a little help from Earth's moon.
 Mirror Installation Complete for NASA's Next Space Telescope SPACE.com
Technicians have installed the 18th and final primary mirror segment on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, an $8.8 billion observatory that's scheduled to launch in 2018 to investigate some of the biggest questions in astronomy.
 The Moon's Gravity Alters Rainfall on Earth SPACE.com
It rains slightly less when the moon is high overhead.
 The 'Floating Hills' of Pluto (Photo) SPACE.com
A newly released photo captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic Pluto flyby last July shows that the vast Sputnik Planum region within the dwarf planet's "heart" is studded with chains and clusters of water-ice hills.
 Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Astronaut to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 85 SPACE.com
Edgar Dean Mitchell, who in February 1971 became the sixth man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 85. The lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, Mitchell died at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, sources close to his family confirmed.
 How and When to See the Brightest Planets in February's Night Sky SPACE.com
Planet watching in February will be a slow build — not much at first, but patient skywatchers can end the night with glimpses of five bright planets in the sky.
 Touchdown! Yes, Astronauts in Space Can Watch the Super Bowl SPACE.com
When the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos square off Sunday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be set to watch in real time.
 Rosetta's Comet Is Fluffy Dust to the Core SPACE.com
Gravity measurements taken by the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft show the body of comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is about 75 percent dust and 25 percent ice all the way through.
 'Cosmonauts' Documentary Shows How Russia 'Won the Space Race' SPACE.com
Fifty-five years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human to launch into space, a documentary about the Soviet space program seeks to reveal how Russia actually "won the space race."