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The Countdown, Episode 5: SpaceLab Winners, Magnetic Superstar, Jupiter Fireball, Ping-Pong Satellites, Candidates on Space

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The winners of YouTube’s SpaceLab competition learned the results of their experiments in the first-ever livestream from the International Space Station.

YouTube Space Lab: From 250 Miles Above the Earth

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Scientists have discovered a giant magnetic star with a mass 20,000 times that of the sun.

Giant Super-Magnetic Star Has Scientists Buzzing

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On the evening of September 10th, amateur astronomers witnessed a giant explosion on Jupiter’s surface.

Explosive Impact at Jupiter Spotted by Amateur Astronomers

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1600 ping-pong balls will be launched into the upper atmosphere by JP Aerospace, a do-it yourself, crowd-funded space program.

Ping-Pong Ball “Satellites” Have Balloon Ride to Edge of Space

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Scientific American posed 14 questions about science and technology to U.S. presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  One of the questions focused on the future of space exploration. 

Obama and Romney Tackle 14 Top Science Questions




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.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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