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Recently Declassified Photos Show the Birth of the Soviet Space Programme

Kapustin Yar (known today as Znamensk) is one of the Soviet Union’s first rocket launch and missile development sites. The test ground was established on May 13, 1946, and to mark its 70th anniversary Russia’s Defense Ministry has declassified revealing photographs of the site that offer a peak inside the top secret military complex. Read More >>

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This Crack in the Glass is the Last Thing You Want to See When Looking Out the ISS Window

This quarter-inch diameter chip was photographed by British astronaut Tim Peake from inside the Cupola module of International Space Station. Alarmingly, it’s actually in one of the windows. Read More >>

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Blue Origin Landing Looks Very Sci-Fi When Seen From the Booster

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company, recently released some amazing footage filmed during the third successful landing of its New Shepard suborbital rocket. The video shows the flight of the reusable booster from just ahead of reentry through descent and landing. The landing sequence was recorded by a vent camera located just below the booster’s ring fin. Read More >>

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These Minimalist Posters of Famous Libraries Want to Hang on Your Wall Just Beside the Bookshelf

Libraries are magical places, and even the smallest local branch over the corner deserves your attention, and you should pay a visit regularly. Artist André Chiote believes in the power of libraries, and has put together an astounding set of posters to celebrate their importance. Read More >>

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The Amazing Architectural Evolution of the Petrol Station

Petrol stations might be boring or even ugly places, but for the most part, you can’t avoid stopping by one on a long trip. But, there have been so many more incredible designs beyond the basic columns, roof and shop over their history. Read More >>

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Seven Easy Ways Scientists Get Rid of Gravity For Experimentation

Sometimes you just need to cut loose—from the Earth’s gravity. Want to feel what it’s like to be free from gravity, but can’t get yourself to the ISS? You’ve got some options. Read More >>

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Take an Uncanny Tour of the World’s Largest Prosthetics Fair

The world’s largest orthopaedics event is happening right now in Leipzig, Germany. From prosthetic legs that enable people to run faster to exoskeletons that can make the disabled walk again, OT World 2016 is showcasing some of the most futuristic inventions you’ve ever seen. They’re also creepy as hell. Read More >>

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Every Metropolis Should Have a Wildlife Reserve Like This

This is the Woodberry Wetlands in the Borough of Hackney in London. Every city should have something like this: A quiet haven just moments from the bustle of city life in which nature can thrive. Read More >>

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Here’s How Spacecraft Dashboards Evolved, and Where They’re Headed

When you drive, the second most important thing you should keep your eyes on is the dashboard of your car (the first thing being the road). In space, however, it’s the controls that are the most essential for navigating and operating your spacecraft. From Gagarin to Scott Kelly, here’s a brief visual history of the human-spacecraft interface. Read More >>

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These Four Laser Beams Will Create the World’s Most Powerful Fake Stars

Set lasers to star mode. The European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile now has four powerful laser beams with which to create artificial stars in the night sky. Read More >>

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NASA’s New Garage Looks Like the Inside of the Death Star

This immense steel structure looks like the Death Star’s interior from Return of the Jedi, but you’re actually looking up and into High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read More >>

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Here’s the World’s Largest Jet Engine

Between the two huge chunks of concrete in the moody dusk photo above is the world largest jet engine, which was recently assembled by General Electric engineers. It’s the first working prototype of the GE9X turbofan engine, which GE is putting through the paces at the company’s test range near Peebles, Ohio. You might be wondering just how huge the world’s hugest engine is. According to GE, “Shaquille O’Neil would fit inside it with Kobe Bryant sitting on his shoulders.” Read More >>

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Aurora Look Incredible Filmed From the Space Station in Ultra HD

Here’s something to start your week off right: NASA Television’s latest feature, a compilation of stunning vistas of both the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis, as viewed from the International Space Station and filmed in 4K Ultra-High Definition. Read More >>

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These Creepy Tunnels Are Where Churchill Hid From Nazi Bombs

Abandoned subway stations are equal parts fascinating and creepy. Due to its role in World War II, the Down Street tube station in Westminster is historically fascinating and creepy. And soon, it will be open to the public. Read More >>

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Stunning Solar Eclipse Image Looks Like the Eye of our Solar System

The March 9th total solar eclipse looked stunning at the time. But now a team of researchers has put together an even more impressive image of the solar corona, that makes the event look like something from Lord of the Rings. Read More >>