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Sam, the Rhesus monkey, after his ride in the Little Joe-2 (LJ-2) spacecraft in December 1959.

A dog sent to die and tortoises that flew around the moon: These are the most famous, bizarre, and important animals that have been sent to space

Animals went to space before humans, and NASA says their efforts prevented "great losses of human life." Animals are still sent today for experiments.

The video game industry is facing government scrutiny over loot boxes, and the most powerful leaders in gaming are divided over what to do

Between outcry from players and potential federal regulation, the video game industry is facing a major challenge with the concept of loot boxes.
The Hubble Space Telescope orbiting Earth in May 2009.

‘No image will surpass this’: Hubble telescope astronomers created a stunning picture of the deep universe with 16 years’ worth of p...

Researchers estimate the Hubble Space Telescope image includes 265,000 galaxies, some of which appear as they existed 13.3 billion years ago.
Asteroid 6478 Gault with two narrow, comet-like tails of debris that suggest the space rock is self-destructing.

The Hubble telescope spotted an asteroid that has grown two tails — and scientists think it’s ripping itself to pieces

A 2.5-mile-wide asteroid called Gault was discovered in 1988, but it may not exist as we know it for much longer. The space rock is spinning apart.
The moon as seen by astronauts in space.

Earth’s air supply may reach nearly 400,000 miles into space — so far that the moon constantly flies through it

Our planet's gases reach so far into space that they envelope the moon. The discovery could help astronomers refine deep-space observation data.
A picture of Neptune taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, showing a since-vanished dark storm.

The Hubble telescope has discovered a ‘dark vortex’ raging on Neptune that would swallow 20% of Earth’s surface

New pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope reveal a mysterious "dark tempest" storm raging on Neptune and a "giant" frigid cap on top of Uranus.
The Hubble Space Telescope orbiting Earth in 2009.

NASA’s Hubble space telescope just lost a vital part, and one of its backups is ‘acting drunk.’ Here’s why astronomers haven&#...

A vital part of the Hubble Space Telescope, which records stunning images of the universe, failed on Friday. The part is one of six gyroscopes that help the observatory stay pointed at celestial objects. Three others still work, but NASA may start using just one, limiting Hubble's observations.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.

An astronaut photographed the ‘blood moon’ from the International Space Station, and his pictures are haunting

German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who lives aboard the International Space Station, used his camera to take stunning photos of the total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, from orbit on July 27, 2018.

Americans spent a record $36 billion on video games last year, and demographics show that number is expected to go up in 2018

This week, thousands of video and computer game enthusiasts are going to the Electronic Entertainment Expo to see what's new in gaming — an industry that supports 200,000 jobs, made $36 billion from Americans alone, and attracts a variety of consumers.