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Luke Skywalker gets a new yellow lightsaber this May

Luke Skywalker gets a new yellow lightsaber this May

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)Marvel Comics' "Star Wars" series is currently exploring the post-"Empire Strikes Back" period, and in May, writer Charles Soule and artist Jesús Saiz will send Luke Skywalker on a quest...
A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star’s Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

In doing so, they found GJ 1151, a faint star with a shockingly long-lived emission. GJ 1151 belongs to a class of stars called M dwarfs, which are small, dim,...
Caldwell 60/61

Massive Galactic Battle Results in Spectacular Fateful Embrace

Caldwell 60/61. Credit: NASA This Hubble image shows two galaxies locked in a fateful embrace. Caldwell 60 (NGC 4038) and Caldwell 61 (NGC 4039) are known as the Ringtail or Antennae...
China wants to build a new space station. A launch planned for April will help prepare.

China wants to build a new space station. A launch planned for April will...

China's space program is planning a launch in April to prepare for building the country's next space station.A Long March 5B rocket will carry a "trial version" of China's new...
Surprise! There's more water on Jupiter than anyone thought

Surprise! There’s more water on Jupiter than anyone thought

Jupiter appears to have more water than anyone expected.Newly released data from NASA's Juno probe shows that water may make up about 0.25% of the molecules in the atmosphere over...
Milky Way's seasonal transition captured in gorgeous night sky photo

Milky Way’s seasonal transition captured in gorgeous night sky photo

Byline: Miguel Claro, Space.com ContributorMiguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory photo...

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Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout from space? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.