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The Sacrificial Glory of the Soviet Space Dogs

by Allison Meier on September 17, 2014

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As companions in our centuries of wandering and settling, dogs have given their loyalty blindly, in both good and bad, as sacrifices to animal testing, as scouts to survivors on battlefields, as guardians to sleep by the door at night.

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If NASA astronauts land on Mars, they might not look very human at all.

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Photo Essays

Meet the Afronauts

by Jillian Steinhauer on March 25, 2014

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In the 1960s, while the United States and the Soviet Union were playing out their battle of who would make it to the moon first and so dominate the galactic skies, a former high school teacher in Zambia decided his country needed a space program.

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Post image for The Celestographs: August Strindberg’s Alchemical Shots of the Night Sky

In the 1890s, Swedish playwright August Strindberg photographed the night sky without a camera or even a lens. These “Celestographs,” as he called them, were both a folly and an innovative work of experimental art.

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As our shuttles have gone into retirement and we look to the future of what space travel will mean for human exploration, there are plenty of artifacts left behind with which to examine the successes and failures of our journeying into beyond our atmosphere.

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Post image for New eBook Turns Space into a Tonal Universe for the Visually Impaired

A new eBook is aiming to make that starscape engaging for everyone, including the visually impaired.

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Post image for A Lost Constellation: The Great Printing Press in the Sky

While searching for Orion or the Great Dipper, it’s easy to forget that these constellations are just the arbitrary imaginations of astronomers drawing with stars. While Ptolemy referred to mythology for the classic constellations, later stargazers turned to their own visual culture. Up in the heavens, one 19th century astronomer even saw a printing press.

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Post image for 3D Photographs of Life on Mars, Taken by Robots

Now more than ever, it’s fascinating to look at the images we have from the Red Planet, and it just so happens that NASA has a whole collection in 3D.

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Post image for Scientists to Image Black Hole by Turning Earth into Giant Camera

The problem with trying to take a picture of a black hole is that it consumes everything, even the light around it. Now, a team of scientists is working to make the first image of a black hole by using telescopes around the world to look at its shadowy edge.

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Articles

The Man Who Ran Away With the Moon

by Allison Meier on December 19, 2013

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In Russia in 2003, a man fell in love with the moon. Or that’s the story artist Leonid Tishkov presents in his Private Moon series, where he journeys around the Earth with his cosmic companion: a radiant, six-foot-tall crescent moon.

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