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NASA Beams Mona Lisa to Moon with Laser

Scientists beamed a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece to a spacecraft orbiting the moon—the first laser communication of its kind

January 18, 2013 — Miriam Kramer and SPACE.com

No "Death Star" for U.S. Military, White House Says

The U.S. government refuses to spend 85 quadrillion taxpayer dollars on a Death Star, based on a fictional space station in the movie Star Wars, saying the project's fatal flaws make it susceptible to attacks by one-man starships...

January 15, 2013 — Tariq Malik and SPACE.com

Largest Spiral Galaxy in Universe Revealed

Five times wider than our own galaxy, the Milky Way, scientists hypothesize that the universe's largest spiral galaxy may have formed several billion years ago

January 11, 2013 — Mike Wall and SPACE.com

Europe Tackling Big Space Projects in 2013

The European Space Agency has a packed year ahead to work on NASA's new Orion capsule, new contracts for Ariane rockets and a new reusable space plane

January 1, 2013 — Rob Coppinger and SPACE.com

Dec. 21: The Winter Solstice Explained

For northern latitudes, the solstice marks the beginning of winter, but ancient skywatchers didn't understand the sun's migration, fearing it could disappear forever as it dipped below the horizon...

December 21, 2012 — Joe Rao and SPACE.com
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