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See 1st new images of Ganymede in over 20 years

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the first new closeup images of Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede in over 20 years. They show the moon’s craters, light and dark patches and tectonic faults in beautiful detail. See them here!

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China to launch Shenzhou 12 mission to its space station

China is getting ready to launch 3 astronauts to the Tiangong space station as part of a mission called Shenzhou 12. There’s been no mention of an official launch date, but it was initially rumored for June 10, 2021, and now appears to be slated for June 17.

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Why NASA sent tiny water bears into space

A new experiment aboard the ISS is studying tardigrades – aka water bears – to better understand how they tolerate extreme environments, including the one astronauts experience in space.

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