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Flash back 50 years to first moon image by a US spacecraft

Way back in 1964, the planet Earth got a lot closer to the moon thanks to a successful NASA spacecraft mission.

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Close-up of first comet to give a ride around the sun

An ESA spacecraft nears its target, a comet the Philae lander will saddle up to for a ride around our nearest star.

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Man-made 'breathing' leaf is an oxygen factory for space travel

An artificial leaf converts water and light to oxygen, and that's good news for road-tripping to places beyond Earth.

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Geeks tend to be Democrats, says DeGrasse Tyson

The "Cosmos" presenter and astrophysicist muses that Republicans are desperate to attract the nerd set.

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Astronaut's lunar heartbeat lives on in Lennon cover

To honor the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, a singer adds sounds of Neil Armstrong's heart, plus "sounds of Venus" recorded by Voyager, to a John Lennon song.

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Glorious new Mars map is the most detailed yet

Properly prepare for your next Mars vacation with a beautiful new map of the planet from the US Geological Survey.

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Deep-space radio waves 'heard' at opposite points on Earth

Anomaly no more? Radio observatories in Australia and Puerto Rico have both now picked up brief bursts of radio waves from beyond our galaxy.

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Beautiful time-lapse video of Brazil taken from space

German astronaut Alexander Gerst captures a stunning video of Brazil at night from aboard the International Space Station.

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Dropping packages at FedEx -- and getting paid for it

FedEx's Package Lab puts thousands of boxes a year to the test to make sure they're up to the rigors of being shipped. CNET Road Trip 2014 checked out the package torture.

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Why FedEx beats up packages in a lab (pictures)

At the shipping giant's Package Lab in Memphis, it puts boxes through a very rough time -- so it can tell you how to protect what's inside. CNET Road Trip 2014 watched the package torture.

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Fruit fly astronauts set to live for generations in space

Some tiny astronauts are scheduled to fly up to the International Space Station to help scientists model the effects of long-term space exposure on humans.

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Buzz Aldrin launches campaign for sharing moon-landing tales

One of history's most famous astronauts backs a social-media effort to collect stories about the Apollo 11 moon landing, and takes to Reddit to promote manned Mars missions.

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