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By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

Astronaut nurses zinnia to full bloom after mould invasion

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The International Space Station now has a bright pop of orange, thanks to commander Scott Kelly’s green thumb.

Kelly showed off his gardening results; a thriving zinnia with a beautiful orange-yellow bloom over the weekend. He posted photos of the flower on his Twitter account.

“Yes, there are other life forms in space!” Kelly said in a tweet.

Scientists spot brightest supernova yet, outshines Milky Way

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Astronomers have discovered the brightest star explosion ever, a super supernova that easily outshines our entire Milky Way.

An international team revealed “the most powerful supernova observed in human history” Thursday in the latest Science journal. The astronomers used a network of telescopes around the world to spot the record-breaking supernova last year.

5 supersize stars found in other galaxies

KISSIMMEE, Fla. Scientists have discovered five supersize stars in other galaxies on a par with the monstrous stellar system in our own Milky Way.

Eta Carinae is the brightest and most massive star system within 10,000 light-years of us. The binary system is located in the southern constellation of Carina, a ship’s keel, and outshines our own sun by 5 million times.

Rare galaxy with 2 black holes has 1 starved of stars; odd intermediate size or just dieting?

KISSIMMEE, Fla. An astrophysicist has discovered something even rarer than a double-black hole galaxy: a skinny black hole.

The University of Colorado’s Julie Comerford reported her findings Tuesday at the American Astronomical Society’s annual meeting in Kissimmee (kuh-SIMM-ee) Florida.

Christmas delivery: Space station gets 1st US shipment in more than half-year, presents aboard

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The International Space Station accepted its first U.S. shipment in more than half a year early Wednesday, receiving Christmas presents and much-needed groceries for the resident astronauts.

“There’s much rejoicing on the ground,” Mission Control radioed.

1st US shipment in months flying to space station, food and Christmas gifts for crew

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA’s commercial delivery service.

If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first U.S. delivery since spring.