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Darwin in Space: How Multigenerational Missions Could Shape Human Evolution

Welcome to the Scientific American podcast Science Talk, posted on December18th, 2012. I’m Steve Mirsky. On this episode: [More]...

Rocket with 3 onboard heads for space station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American, a Russian and a Canadian headed Wednesday for the International Space Station, where they will spend four months carrying out dozens of experiments....

Yearlong Space Missions Will Present Physical and Mental Challenges

NASA is getting ready to send astronauts on yearlong missions to the International Space Station, doubling the duration of a typical orbital stay. These long-term missions will be sending spaceflyers into largely uncharted territory, and some of the biggest unknowns are how the human mind and body will react to that much time in space....

American, Canadian, and Russian Spaceflyers Launch to Space Station

This story was updated on Dec. 19 at 7:20 a.m. EST....

This Awesome Destroyer of Worlds Is the Best Astronomy Image of the Year

# astronomy I was looking back for the best, most impressive astronomy images of the year 2012—ready to post a winner when this dropped in my NASA feed. The image is stunning on its own, but the description just made my head spin. Combined with its sheer beauty, it made it the winner. Here is why: More »...

Three New Crewmembers to Launch to Space Station Wednesday

An American astronaut, a Russian cosmonaut, and the man who will become Canada's first space station commander are readying to launch to orbit Wednesday (Dec. 19)....

Image: A Panoramic Loop in Cygnus

As an end of the year finale, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and WIYN partners offer this new wide-field image of the Cygnus loop....