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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 multimedia journalist and producer who specializes in science and natural history. His work has appeared on the websites of Scientific American, Nature, Nature Medicine, Popular Science, Slate and The New York Times among many others. He is a former video producer & editor for Scientific American. Follow on Twitter @EricROlson.

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