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best spaceflight and space history books

here are space.com writers' and editors' picks for spaceflight and space history books that dazzle.

orionid meteor shower 2017: when, where & how to see it this weekend

some of the brightest and swiftest shooting stars will bedazzle the night sky this year during the orionid meteor shower, which will peak between oct. 20 and 22 and continue through early november.

image of the day

this may look like a nebula in deep space, but this glowing cloud was photographed in earth's atmosphere. the photo was taken shortly after a spacex falcon 9 rocket launched with 10 iridium communications satellites.

space gardening may treat astronauts' blues

many people step into their home gardens for a bit of diy therapy. a new study suggests that astronauts could also reap the psychological benefits of gardening.

newfound bus-size asteroid will zoom safely by earth today

the newfound asteroid 2017 td6 will give earth a close shave on oct. 19, 2017, when the object flies by earth at an estimated 119,000 miles away.

s.s. gene cernan: space station resupply ship named for last man on the moon

the last human to step off the moon is the latest astronaut to be memorialized with the naming of a space station-bound cargo ship.

how hot is the sun?

heat and light from the sun make life on earth possible.

how far is earth from the sun?

the answer is one 1 astronomical unit. how far is that?

general atomics ramping cubesat production, muses railgun smallsat launcher

general atomics is better known for building predator combat drones and mining uranium than building spacecraft, but that could change as the company develops an interest in building defense-focused cubesats.

orbital atk eyes investments in advanced rocket motors

a new market for super high-speed weapons is fueling investments in rocket engine technologies as companies seek to gain an edge.

companies seek roles in nasa's return to the moon

as nasa develops a plan to carry out a new administration policy calling for a human return to the moon, companies developing lunar landers and related infrastructure are seeking to play a role.

moon express and nanoracks partner on lunar payloads

commercial lunar lander company moon express announced an agreement with nanoracks oct. 10 to carry commercial payloads to the surface of the moon.

could the hunt for hubble's constant overturn the standard model of cosmology?

two methods that scientists use to measure the expansion of the universe produce different answers. a recent episode of nasa's sciencecasts video series explores this conundrum.

scientists predicted what the great american eclipse would look like, and nailed it

five days before the solar eclipse wowed skywatchers across the continental united states, the scientists at predictive science inc. already knew what they'd see.

in images: the amazing discovery of a neutron-star crash, gravitational waves & more

for the first time ever, scientists around the world detected gravitational waves and light from the collision of a pair of neutron stars. see the epic discovery in pictures here.

how fit will astronauts be after years in space?

after spending months or years in space during future long-term missions, returning to earth can be challenging for astronauts — and one set of researchers is finding out just how challenging using a life-size spacecraft model.

caught in the act! five black hole couples found merging (videos)

astronomers have pinpointed five pairs of merging black holes using three different space and ground-based instruments and two sky surveys.

watch a nasa rocket launch a supersonic parachute for mars landings

nasa will launch a small rocket from virginia's eastern shore early wednesday (oct. 4) to test a supersonic parachute system for future spacecraft bound for mars. the launch may be visible to observers along the u.s. east coast, weather permitting.

image of the day

european space agency astronaut paolo nespoli snapped this photo of detroit from the international space station.

'women of nasa' lego set to launch for sale nov. 1

four trailblazing figures from nasa's history are set to launch as new lego minifigures. as-tronauts sally ride and mae jemison, as well as programmer margaret hamilton and astrono-mer nancy grace roman, feature in the lego ideas set, "women of nasa."