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    Good site for space related stuff?

    The title says it. I'm looking for a good site about space travel and space in general.
    Preferably the site should have "news" about current events, but also articles with additional information.

    Recommendations?

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    I guess you already know about this, but the people over at http://www.spacevidcast.com/ are pretty up to date on most space-related news, and take their time to explain the more complex issues involved. It's mostly from a USA perspective, but not exclusively.
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    The NASA and ESA sites are pretty obvious but there's a lot of info to find there. Deep Sky Videos have a lot of interesting astronomy videos, mostly with UK scientists and is well worth checking out.
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    Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog is quite good, there's quite a back-catalogue of posts on various topics (though as it's his personal blog, he does sometimes go on about other stuff): http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/

    Universe Today is, admittedly, horribly laid out and the adverts get in the way, but they actually have a clue (compared to many other sites) and don't just copy-paste press releases when they talk about something new: http://www.universetoday.com/

    Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is pretty much what it says on the tin. Every picture comes with a detailed description with plenty of links if you want to read more about a certain subject. It's been going since 1995 so the archive is pretty huge: http://apod.nasa.gov/

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    http://www.space.com/ isn't too bad.

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    Thanks so far. I'm going to look a the pages in the next days to see how I like their output.

    At first sight space.com seems to have a bit too much content thats only slightly related, for my taste.

    Astronomy Picture of the Day I like already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Astronomy Picture of the Day I like already.
    I only have two gripes with it:
    1. Sometimes they do a silly thing like go "hey look, here's a QR code! aren't they cool?"
    2. Either their RSS feed or my RSS reader are b0rked, and I always get the link to yesterday's image when they post a new one.

    Another one you might like (I didn't have my bookmarks available earlier) is Atomic Rockets (http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/index.php) - it's got a lot of good topics on the actual practicalities of space travel. It's a bit of an odd one, as it mostly seems to be a "if you wanted to write some hard sci-fi, here's what you want to keep in mind", but it's a good read. One useful hint - navigate using the "Show topic list" thingy in the top right

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    2. Either their RSS feed or my RSS reader are b0rked, and I always get the link to yesterday's image when they post a new one.
    I Just got the one for today and the one from yesterday.

    as it mostly seems to be a "if you wanted to write some hard sci-fi, here's what you want to keep in mind"
    Gee, I often wondered where they get their logical sounding sci-fi facts from. No more.

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    I'm a bit late to this, but I've got a permanent queue in my RSS reader from http://www.thespacereview.com - 5 articles every Monday. I particularly recommend Dwayne Day's histories of spy satellites.

    Also, the Carnival of Space is linked on Universe Today every week or so, and usually has some interesting articles.

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    This site isn't about space travel, but you shouldn't travel without checking the weather :P

    http://www.spaceweather.com/

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    If you're in North America and fancy doing some observing, there's no better site to check the weather at than Clear Sky Charts. There are a few technical details that might confuse you at first, but the supplied explanations are excellent and should have you up to speed in very little time. Here it is: http://cleardarksky.com/csk/

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