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The Countdown

The Countdown

What’s happening in space, right now!

The Countdown, Episode 2: a Mars Party, Star vs. Black Hole, Thunderous Gamma Rays, Meteoroid Fireworks, Money for Space Taxis

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NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars early Monday morning, setting off a worldwide celebration.

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NASA's Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars

Video: NASA Lands Car-Sized Rover Near Martian Mountain

Curiosity Targets Gale Crater

Mars Party of the Decade Reaches Fever Pitch

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Black holes have the size and mass to devour entire stars, although this has never been observed--until now.

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Satellites Watch Stellar Death Throes

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Scientists are beginning to understand how thunder clouds produce powerful gamma rays--and antimatter.

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Thunderclouds Make Gamma Rays—and Shoot Out Antimatter, Too [Preview]

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Early in the morning on August 12th, you'll be able to see the Perseid meteor shower, named for the constellation Perseus.

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August Perseid Meteor Shower Has Long Legacy, Bright Future

Perseid Meteor Shower Weather Forecast

EarthSky’s Meteor Shower Guide for 2012

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NASA recently granted three companies 1.1 billion dollars to develop private space taxis, which will ferry astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit.

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NASA Chooses SpaceX to Return US Astronauts to Space

NASA Awards $1.1 Billion in Support for 3 Private Space Taxis

NASA Press Release

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