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NASA’s risky decision to send maps into space could make us targets for alien marauders

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Humanity's vigorous drive to find — or be found by — intelligent life outside of Earth could one day lead to our total annihilation, or at least that's the fear of some in the scientific community. Now, decades after drawing up directions to our planet and sending them into deep space, the creator of the maps is having second thoughts.

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Nine-year-old boy gets closer to scoring NASA’s Planetary Protection gig than you ever will

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Unless you're a seasoned NASA engineer with knowledge of planetary protection protocols and the guidelines that astronauts and scientists much adhere to in order to prevent humanity from contaminating worlds (including our own), there's very little chance you have a shot at landing NASA's new Planetary Protection Officer position. That is, unless you're nine-year-old Jack Davis, who wrote to the agency with the hopes of scoring the job, and definitely did not get a denial.

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NASA’s Cassini just began its deadly descent into Saturn, and the clock is ticking

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NASA's incredibly successful Cassini probe has delivered a wealth of information about Saturn and its many moons during its 13+ years hanging around the planet, but all good things must come to an end. An end is exactly what Cassini will experience in September when it burns up in Saturn's atmosphere, and the craft just began the last phase of its dramatic series of dives that will bring it closer to the planet than it's ever been before. 

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Watch today’s SpaceX launch live right here at 12:30 PM

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SpaceX might have some seriously grand plans for the near future of its rocket program, but until the "world's most powerful rocket" is ready to head skyward, it's business as usual at the commercial spaceflight firm. Today, SpaceX will launch its Dragon cargo spacecraft on an unmanned supply run to the International Space Station, and you can watch the launch and recovery live right here, thanks to SpaceX's always fantastic live stream.

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Hubble snaps gorgeous photo of a pint-sized galaxy

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Size is entirely relative, so to say that the galaxy named NGC 5949 is "small" is a bit of a joke, especially once you've gotten an eyeful of this truly stunning snapshot taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The swirling mass of gas, stars, and planets is larger than anything you could really imagine, but when compared to other galaxies — including our own relatively small Milky Way — it's downright adorable.

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