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NASA's 'All About That Space' Parody Is Out of this World: VIDEO

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Who else really wants to work at NASA now?

via the video's description:

“All About That Space” is a volunteer outreach video project created by the Pathways Interns of NASA's Johnson Space Center. It was created as a parody (to raise interest and excitement for Orion's first flight) of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”. The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.

Last week, NASA's Orion spacecraft launched a sucessful test flight from Cape Canaveral marking an important first step on the road to deep space and Mars.  

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Launches from Cape Canaveral: VIDEO

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NASA's Orion spacecraft successfully rocketed from Cape Canaveral this morning at 7:05 am on a 4.5 hour uncrewed mission to test whether certain instruments - the craft's heat shield, parachutes, and other systems, can withstand the forces necessary to send astronauts to an asteroid, the Moon, and even Mars.

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The launch was scrubbed yesterday due to high winds but made a beautiful sight this morning just as the sun was rising.

Watch the always exciting launch video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WATCH: NASA's Orion Test Flight Marks the First Step on the Long Road to Mars

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NASA's Orion spacecraft is set to have its first test flight this morning from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. If the test flight proves successful, the next-gen space capsule is expected to one day carry astronauts to the moon, asteroids, and Mars. 

NBC News reports:

The planned 4.5-hour mission — known as Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1 — isn't carrying people. It's an uncrewed flight, meant to check critical systems that can't be fully tested on Earth, including the craft's heat shield and parachutes.

The data gathered from more than 1,200 sensors will be factored into the construction of more flightworthy Orion spaceships, with the aim of flying astronauts for the first time in 2021. If NASA holds to its schedule, the cone-shaped spacecraft would send crews to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025, and to Mars and its moons starting in the 2030s.

"We're now on the way to Mars, and that's what's most important," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told NBC News in advance of liftoff.

The launch was scheduled a little after 7 am (ET) but has been delayed due to high ground winds.

Watch the launch, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: NASA has scrubed the launch for today and will try again on Friday morning. More at NPR here

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Is the Colonization of Mars Actually Possible? - VIDEO

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The guys over at ASAPScience have a new video all about Mars and the obstacles we'd need to overcome in order to set up a human colony on the red planet - gay club presumably included. 

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European Space Probe Lands Successfully on Comet: VIDEO

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The European Space Agency has successfully landed a probe on a comet for the first time. CNBC reports:

A probe from a comet-chasing spacecraft successfully landed on its target Wednesday in a 10-year mission that could hold answers to the origins of life.

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, which launched in 1994, released the Philae probe Wednesday, and it landed on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko hours later. It's the first time a man-made object had ever touched down on a comet.

The lander will extract and analyze samples from the comet, and scientists hope the data could contain hints about the history of the universe.

Watch videos of the ESA team sharing their historic news, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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WATCH LIVE: European Space Probe To Make Historic Landing on Comet

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As we reported yesterday, the European Space Agency (ESA) is today attempting to land for the first time a probe on a comet. The AP reports:

Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a speeding European spacecraft released a lander toward the icy, dusty surface of a comet on Wednesday, setting off a seven-hour countdown to an audacious attempt to answer some of the biggest questions about the origin of the universe.

A landing would cap a 6.4 billion-kilometer (4 billion-mile) journey by the European Space Agency's Rosettaspacecraft, launched a decade ago to study the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenkocomet. If successful, the Philae lander would be the first spacecraft to land on a comet.

The probe is scheduled to land approximately 11:03 AM EST but the livestream of the control room at ESA is already underway.

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