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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Austronaut Douglas Wheelock

Astronaut Douglas Wheelock who is currently aboard the International Space Station shares pictures of the Earth he snaps with the world through Twitter. Wheelock has been posting impressive photos of the Earth and some of his thoughts ever since he moved into the space station in June, five months after it got Internet access.

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The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the Space shuttle Discovery during STS-31 on April 25, 1990. Since then, there have been about a dozen servicing missions that continued to upgrade the telescope's scientific instruments and operational systems. Hubble reached a major milestone, its 26th anniversary in orbit, on April 24, 2016.

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After 27 years and 39 flights, Discovery's wheels rolled to a stop for the very last time under the warm sun at the Florida spaceport's Shuttle Landing Facility,on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 11:57 a.m. EST

(16:57 GMT), capping a busy 13-day mission to the International Space Station.

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Is There Life There?

The star known as Gliese 581 is unremarkable in just about every way you can imagine. It's a red dwarf, the most common type of star in the Milky Way, weighing in at about a third of the mass of the sun. At 20 light years or so away, it's relatively nearby, the 117th closest star to Earth. You can't even see it without a telescope, so while it lies in the direction of Libra, it isn't one of the shining dots you'd connect to form the constellation. It's no wonder that the star's name lacks even a whiff of mystery or romance.