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Astronomers Discover Planet Made of Diamonds

In the most stunning piece of planetary news since Pluto’s sad demotion, astronomers have found a star-orbiting land mass that is so dense it's carbon is crystalline — which means it’s basically a planet made out of diamonds.

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Category: Space, Weird News
Space Shuttle Atlantis (Joe Raedle/Getty)
Space Shuttle Atlantis (Joe Raedle/Getty)
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands to End the 30 Year NASA Program

Space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral in the pre-dawn hours on Thursday, ending the 30-year NASA program.

The shuttle fleet has kept U.S. astronauts flying to a from orbit longer than any other rocketship.

During their 13-day mission Atlantis delivered a year's worth of supplies to the International Space Station. The payload included 2,677 pounds of food and 9,400 pounds of spare parts. On the return trip, Atlantis carried nearly 5,700 pounds of unneeded material from the station back to Earth. (That's what I call taking out the trash)

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'Buzz' Aldrin Standing on the Moon (Neil Armstrong/NASA/Getty)
'Buzz' Aldrin Standing on the Moon (Neil Armstrong/NASA/Getty)
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Grateful Memories of Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20, 1969

Where were you on the evening of July 20, 1969?

If you were around that night, chances are you were watching Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon.

Last night I was eating a roast beef sandwich and to me, Arby's and Apollo 11 always go together. The Summer of 1969 we were taking a family vacation to Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado. We were driving back home through Denver and stopped for dinner. Inside the restaurant they had a small TV everyone was watching, showing coverage of the historic moon landing.

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Father and Son in 1981 and 2011 (Arockalypse, Flickr)
Father and Son in 1981 and 2011 (Arockalypse, Flickr)
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Father and Son Take Photos at First and Last Shuttle Launches

It’s the photo they waited 30 years to take.

Chris Bray and his father attended the first space shuttle launch back in 1981 — and the last, just a few weeks ago. Bray posted a link to the photo on Reddit on Monday an

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Space Shuttle Atlantis (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Space Shuttle Atlantis (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
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Final Space Shuttle Launched From Cape Canaveral

The final space shuttle lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida this morning despite the heavy cloud cover and threat of rain.

 Atlantis blasted off just after eleven a.m. (mountain time) carrying a crew of four. This is the smallest shuttle crew since 1983, the size was limited because a smaller Russian Soyuz rocket would need to be used for a rescue vehicle.

The crew consists of commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus.

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U2′s Seattle Concert Features ‘Beautiful’ Message From Space [VIDEO]

NASA Commander Mark Kelly at U2 Concert (YouTube)

U2 played May 21st at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver to kick off the current leg of their 360 Tour, were you there?

The Irish rockers had some surprises for the crowd at Qwest Field in Seattle recently. Bono dedicated "Beautiful Day" to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords,who continues to r

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Final Landing (Matt Stroshane/Getty)
Space Shuttle Endeavour Final Landing (Matt Stroshane/Getty)
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Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Final Landing At Night

Did you see Endeavour's final landing? As KING FM's "Special Space Correspondent" I forced myself to stay up late and cover the event.

Space Shuttle Endeavour returned with it's six-astonaut crew in a middle-of-the-night landing at Cape Canaveral this morning.

It was the 25th night landing out of the 134 shuttle flights and wrapped up the next-to-last mission for the 30-year-old NASA program.

Commander Mark Kelly guided Endeavour onto

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Final Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour (Joe Raedle/Getty)
Final Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour (Joe Raedle/Getty)
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Shuttle Endeavour Lifts Off For The Last Time [VIDEO]

The space shuttle Endeavour was launched (Great photo from an airplane off MSN.com) on it's mission to the International Space Station at 6:56 MT this morning. Follow STS-134 at NASA.gov. The final mission for Endeavour was delayed two weeks due to an electronics glitch.

When it reaches the ISS on Wednesday, the shuttle will deliver nearly 15 tons of supplies and equipment, highlighted by the 7.5-ton Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which will be attached to the space station's exterior during a robotic arm operation. Once it's installed, the $2 billion particle detector will almost immediately start sending down data about cosmic rays according to msnbc.

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‘Jetman’ Yves Rossy takes wing over Grand Canyon-at 190 mph!

Yves "Jetman" Rossy has experienced a Grand Canyon tour as only someone who calls himself Jetman can: with a rocket-powered winged suit fastened to his back -- at speeds up to 190 mph.  This is something I would love to do...but it's pretty scary too!  Would you try it?

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(from galacticempiretimes.com)
(from galacticempiretimes.com)
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Obama/Osama Receives Star Wars Treatment

Darth Vader has announced the assassination of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Galactic Empire Times is reporting.

The spoof appears in a knockoff website of the New York Times and is done amazingly well.

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Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39a (Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty)
Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39a (Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty)
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Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Launch Delayed

The final launch of space shuttle Endeavour was delayed Friday afternoon due to a failure in a heater circuit. The heater keeps hydrazine fuel  from freezing while the shuttle is in orbit.

The earliest Endeavour will make it back into space is Monday after

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Space Shuttle Endeavour (NASA/Getty)
Space Shuttle Endeavour (NASA/Getty)
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Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Launch Set For Friday [UPDATED]

The Friday shuttle launch has been pushed back to at least Monday. Click here for update.

Is watching a shuttle launch on your bucket list? There are only two shuttle launches left to go.

The youngest of NASA's space shuttles is about to retire.

Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for launch at 1:47 pm Mountain Time on Friday, April 29. This will be the shuttle's 25th journey in 19 years.

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