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Unmanned Rocket Bound For International Space Station Explodes: VIDEO

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In a stunning new video, an unmanned rocket headed for the International Space Station (ISS) exploded mere seconds after launching. USA Today reports:

The Antares rocket supplied by contractor Orbital Sciences blew up six seconds after liftoff, NASA said.

NASA and Orbital Sciences were gathering data to determine the cause of the failure of the Orbital CRS-3, the space agency said.

"There has been a vehicle anomaly," Orbital Sciences, the contractor supplying the rocket, said on its Twitter feed.

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The Cygnus cargo ship was loaded with 5,000 pounds of gear for the six people living on the space station. It was the fourth Cygnus bound for the orbiting lab; the first flew just over a year ago. 

Among the cargo were more than a dozen student research projects, including an experiment from students at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston to test the performance of pea shoot growth in space. 

NASA is paying the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences and the California-based SpaceX company to keep the space station stocked in the post-shuttle era. This is the first disaster in that effort.

No word yet on when a new mission will be planned to get the necessary cargo to ISS astronauts.

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Matthew McConaughey Fights To Save The World In New 'Interstellar' Trailer - VIDEO

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Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated space epic Interstellar, penned by brother Jonathan Nolan, has released a new trailer that delves deeper into its characters' quest to find a new home for humans as Earth's life comes to an end and our species faces extinction. 

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The film boasts an all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace and David Gyasi.

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The Scientifically Accurate Guide to Space Battles: VIDEO

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Turn back now if you still cling to hope that Star Wars will one day become science, rather than just science fiction as It's Okay to Be Smart's Joe Hanson picks apart Hollywood's flashy, but scientifically inaccurate space battle staples. 

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Check Out This Breathtaking View of Earth From the International Space Station: VIDEO

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As George Clooney's character in Gravity said, "You can't beat the view"

NASA Expedition 38 crew members Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio recorded this incredible footage of Earth from the Cupola - the massive observatory module of the ISS. 

As the planet rotates in view, the astronauts name countries, cities, and landmarks rocketing across the skyline.

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Rosetta Spacecraft Has Successful Rendezvous with Comet: VIDEO

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The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, having spent a decade in space, made its rendezvous earlier today with an astronomical object nicknamed the 'rubber duck' comet for its strange shape.

The Guardian reports:

The spacecraft will now track comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for a year, following it through its closest approach to the sun to monitor how the extra heating affects the icy surface.

Nothing about this mission is ordinary, and these are no ordinary orbits. The weirdly shaped comet, which some have likened to the shape of a rubber duck, does not produce enough gravity to fully hold the spacecraft. Instead, the flight team will “drive” the spacecraft in triangular-shaped orbits, gradually lowering the altitude from today’s 100km to around 30km.

One of the most audacious space missions in decades, it is designed to reveal secrets about the origin of the solar system, the origin of our home planet and even the origin of life.

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DuckThe ESA released a statement on the successful rendezvous:

Today saw the last of a series of ten rendezvous manoeuvres that began in May to adjust Rosetta’s speed and trajectory gradually to match those of the comet. If any of these manoeuvres had failed, the mission would have been lost, and the spacecraft would simply have flown by the comet.

“Today’s achievement is a result of a huge international endeavour spanning several decades,” says Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

“We have come an extraordinarily long way since the mission concept was first discussed in the late 1970s and approved in 1993, and now we are ready to open a treasure chest of scientific discovery that is destined to rewrite the textbooks on comets for even more decades to come.”

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Man and McConaughey Will Find a Way in the New 'Interstellar' Trailer: VIDEO

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Christopher Nolan's deep-space epic Interstellar has released a new trailer online, and it looks to be a jaw-dropping experience as a group of astronauts travel through a newly-discovered wormhole in an attempt to find a way to save the human race as the earth is dying.

Fun fact: the spaceship used in the movie is based on the Alcubierre Drive, a speculative idea that would warp space-time and allow a ship to achieve faster-than-light travel without actually traveling faster than the speed of light, which just so happens to be something that NASA is actually tinkering with

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