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Marcia Dunn

Voyager launch anniversary marked

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors—the twin Voyager spacecraft—are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos.

Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone or anything out there.

This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant.

Solar specs needed to safely view eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—With the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive.

They say mom was right: You can damage your eyes staring at the sun, even the slimmest sliver of it.

So it's time to rustle up special eclipse eyewear to use Aug. 21, when the U.S. has its first full solar eclipse spanning coast to coast in 99 years.

Perseids 'warm-up act' for this month's eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Consider this weekend's Perseid meteor shower an opening act for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Astronomers are projecting a slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America.

But the bright moon will wash out the finer Perseids. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour.

SpaceX plans moonshot

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX said this week it will fly two people to the moon next year—a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half-a-century ago.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk, the company's founder and chief executive officer, announced the surprising news barely a week after launching his first rocket from NASA's legendary moon pad.