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NASA Gets Record Number of Astronaut Applications

(ABC News) — More Americans than ever think they have the “right stuff” for space travel. NASA said today it received 18,300 applications from people interested in joining the space agency’s 2017 class of astronauts. That’s nearly three times the number of applications NASA received for its most recent class of astronauts in 2012. Not only that, it shattered the…

WATCH: Pluto’s Mysterious Floating Hills Mesmerize Scientists

(ABC News) — The New Horizons probe has yielded a trove of new information about Pluto, including the existence of miniature hills that appear to be floating across the surface of the dwarf planet. The hills, which are made of water ice, measure anywhere from one to several miles across and are located in Pluto’s heart-shaped feature, according to photos…

NASA Takes Viewers on a ‘Flight’ Over Dwarf Planet Ceres

(ABC News) — A new NASA animation is taking viewers on a simulated flight over dwarf planet Ceres showing off the surface features of the icy world. The movie is based on images taken by the Dawn spacecraft, which has been studying Ceres since March of last year. Several features stick out on the flight over Ceres, including the Occator…

30 Years Since Challenger: New Voice at Astronauts’ Memorial

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (AP) — As families of the lost Challenger astronauts gather with NASA to mark the space shuttle accident’s 30th anniversary, there’s a new voice to address the crowd. June Scobee Rodgers — widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee and longtime spokeswoman for the group — is passing the torch to daughter Kathie Scobee Fulgham. Fulgham — not Rodgers…

NASA Shares View of Massive Winter Storm From Space

(ABC News) — The massive winter storm set to hit the East Coast this weekend appears to be a behemoth in satellite imagery shared by NASA. More than 75 million people are in the storm’s forecasted path, which could affect states from Arkansas to Massachusetts beginning today and lasting through the weekend. Snowfall could reach two feet in some locations,…

The First Zinnia Flower Has Blossomed in Space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shared this photo of a flower grown in space on Jan. 17, 2016. @ScottKelly/Twitter (ABC News) — Astronaut Scott Kelly’s moldy flowers are doing their part to help a future mission to Mars. Understanding how plants grow in space will be vital to future long-haul missions — such as one to Mars — because astronauts will…