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The Countdown, Episode 4: Cave-Dwelling Astronauts, Two-Star Solar System, Voyager on The Edge, Millions of Quasars, New Mars Mission

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Astronauts from five different space agencies are participating in the CAVES project, an underground training exercise beneath the island of Sardinia.

Astronauts Heading Deep Underground for Spaceflight Training

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Scientists have discovered a two-star solar system orbited by two planets, an astronomical first.

Two Alien Planets Found with Twin Suns Like ‘Star Wars” Tatooine

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Voyager 1, which launched 35 years ago, was thought to be approaching the edge of our solar system. New evidence suggests it may have farther to go.

NASA’s Voyager 1 Spacecraft May Not Be Near Edge of Solar System after All

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Data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey (WISE) has revealed millions of star-munching black holes.

NASA Spacecraft’s Census Tallies Millions of Black Holes

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NASA has announced a new Mars mission that is bound to disappoint some space fans. Looking to cut costs, the agency chose another lander mission over more adventurous, but risky options. 

NASA Unveils New Mars Mission to Probe Red Planet’s Core

About the Author: Eric is the resident video producer and an associate editor at Scientific American. He graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in biochemistry and New York University with an M.A. in science journalism. His work has also appeared on the websites of Nature, Nature Medicine, Popular Science and The New York Times among many others. Follow on Twitter @EricROlson.

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  1. 1. Na g n o s t ic 5:52 pm 09/6/2012

    Pathetic delivery. Simply pathetic.

    I’m considering Chinese citizenship, so I can again feel pride in my nation’s scientific achievments.

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  2. 2. jtdwyer 2:45 am 09/7/2012

    Cute – Uranus jokes. No doubt indicative of the maturity level of the intended audience…

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