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  1. Space

    New Method Could Turn Astronaut Pee Into Drinking Water and Fuel

    Pee and other human waste (poop) are a problem in space. Processing astronaut urine for useable drinking water is nothing new on board the International Space Station, but a new process can recycle that urine into both water and energy—and it's not just limited to space. We could all soon be generating pee-fuel.

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  2. Space

    Watch the New ISS Crew Finally Dock With the Space Station Tonight After Unplanned Days in Orbit

    Three new crew members were scheduled to dock with the ISS two days ago, but due to engine problems, Alexander Skvortsov, Steve Swanson, and Oleg Artemyev have had to wait in orbit to dock at 7:58PM ET today. You can watch them finally get to the ISS and stretch their legs live right here with coverage starting at 7PM ET.

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  3. Space

    Turns out Luca Parmitano’s Spacesuit Leak Was Discovered a Week Before It Almost Drowned Him

    We were all pretty horrified to hear that Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano almost drowned in his space suit on a spacewalk outside the ISS in July, but details are just now emerging that the leak was discovered a week earlier. At the time, it appeared that the leak wasn't a threat, so they let him use the suit again, which didn't go so great.

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  4. Space

    Laser CATS Going Into Space To Save Us From Volcanoes

    This Fall the first ever laser CATS will be launched into space. No, it's not a Saturday Night Live sketch--it's the Cloud Aerosol Transport System, a revolutionary new laser that will study the patterns of pollutants in Earth's atmosphere.

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  5. Space

    NASA Just Announced New Crew For ISS, But Where Are My Ladies At?

    In a press release today NASA announced the crews for Expedition 47 and 48 to the International Space Station, and sadly I didn't make the cut. (Like my letter from Hogwarts, it's probably still in the mail.) Unfortunately, not only am I not visiting the final frontier in 2016, it seems that neither are any other ladies. Spaceballs!

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  6. Space

    NASA Releases Incredible Instagram Video of a Sarychev Volcano Eruption

    Oh this? This is just part of the Earth exploding in a violent volcanic eruption. No big deal. NASA just released this incredible video on their NASA Goddard Instagram account showing the 2009 eruption of the Sarychev Volcano shot from the International Space Station.

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  7. Space

    Watch Live as Cosmonauts Spacewalk to Reinstall UrtheCast Cameras on the Space Station Right Now

    Russian cosmonauts Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy will undertake a spacewalk beginning at 9:10AM EST today to install cameras on the outside of the ISS for the UrtheCast streaming ISS imagery service. Live coverage begins at 8:30AM, and you can watch them float through space right here.

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  8. Science

    “Supercritical Water” That Can Start Fires Is Being Tested on the International Space Station

    Water puts out fire, right? Well if you put it under enough heat and pressure water goes all Super Saiyan and becomes "supercritical water." Water's ultimate form is capable of burning material it comes in contact with, and could prove useful for closed-system poop management in places like the ISS where it's being tested.

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  9. Space

    Watch the Antares Rocket Launch Live Right Here as It Sends Children’s Books to the ISS

    As of right now, everything is looking good for today's Orbital Sciences launch of their Antares rocket carrying an unmanned Cygnus supply capsule to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for 1:00PM ET, and you can watch it live right here. You may even be able to catch a glimpse in the sky depending on where you live.

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  10. Space

    Solar Flare! Antares Rocket Launch Delayed until Thursday, and We Might See Some Aurorae

    The sun ejected a pretty powerful solar flare on Tuesday, and it's going around delaying rocket launches, causing geomagnetic storms, and annoying Dragon Ball villains with temporary blindness—you know, things solar flares do. It's delayed the Antares rocket launch to Tursday, but it might give us some aurorae tonight.

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  11. Space

    Japan’s “Spiral Top” Is Making Crazy Art in Space Right Now

    Right now on the International Space Station there is a machine that makes crazy light spirals like the one pictured above.

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  12. Space

    Watch Russian Cosmonauts Spacewalk to Install Camera Equipment Outside the Recently Repaired ISS [Live]

    Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy are installing camera equipment and replacing old seismic activity instruments with updated technology in a seven-hour spacewalk today. You can watch the Earth float by underneath them (if that doesn't make you vomit) as they demonstrate how awesome tech support is in space.

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  13. Space

    Watch Japan’s Adorable Kirobo Space Robot Be Adorable in Space [Video]

    Kirobo is an adorable robot launched to the ISS by the Japanese space program. It's been there for a few months, and we've finally got video of the first robot-human conversation held in space. It's way less creepy than any chat Dave had with the HAL 9000.

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  14. Space

    Happy Quinceñara, International Space Station!

    15 years ago today, the first ISS module was launched into space. You know what that means, guys? The International Space Station is now a fully grown teenager. In another year, she'll totally be able to get her driver's permit!

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  15. Space

    Watch the Launch of a New International Space Station Team Live Tonight

    A new team is going to launch to the International Space Station tonight at 11:14PM EDT. NASA will have live streaming coverage of the event beginning at 10:15PM. You can watch right here, because we love space, and we want everyone else to love space, too.

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