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Astronaut Peggy Whitson Just Smashed Another Record

Last month, astronaut Peggy Whitson performed her eighth spacewalk outside the ISS, setting the record for most spacewalks by a woman. Today at 6:27am BST, she made history yet again by breaking astronaut Jeff Williams’ record for cumulative time in space by an American astronaut, which was 534 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes. Read More >>

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Cassini Has Made Earth Feel Small, But Part of Something Bigger

Earth is exhausting — excruciatingly so, if you’re a young curmudgeon like me. At times, performing even the most mundane tasks, like commuting on a crowded, smelly subway car, feels like an Olympic marathon designed to test one’s patience. Space compels us because it forces us to think outside this myopic view of ourselves — not in a “Dust in the Wind” way, but in the sense that we’re tiny flecks of star stuff lucky to be members of something so vast and incredible. And in recent years, one of the greatest reminders of this is the volume of research and images sent back to Earth from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which first entered Saturn’s system in 2004. Read More >>

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This Picture of Earth From Within Saturn’s Rings Will Make You Emotional

Sometimes, the majesty of the final frontier—a cold, unfeeling space—has the power to make our eyes misty. The images from NASA’s Cassini mission have often been able to do this, and since the spacecraft is dying soon, it makes the experience all the more emotional. Before it goes out in a blaze of glory, Cassini has been sending back some of the most incredible images of Saturn and its moons—but one of its latest from Saturn’s rings is especially spectacular. Read More >>

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Naked Mole Rats Could Save Your Life So Stop Calling Them Ugly

Contrary to what conventional beauty standards may lead us to believe, naked mole rats are good. They’re highly social animals who live communally. They’re ruled by a loyal queen. They’re also seemingly impervious to cancer and don’t age. But still, these little subterraneans get a bad rap for not looking like puppies or kittens, which is a shame, because in some ways, naked mole rats are biologically wired better than humans. If we actually listened to these guys instead of roasting them for being fugly, we might be able to help heart attack and stroke sufferers. I bet you feel really bad right now, and maybe you should. Read More >>

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What Would Life On Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Look Like?

After NASA’s announcement last week, Enceladus is the icy moon on everyone’s mind—not that are are many others (sorry, Europa). According to the agency, molecular hydrogen has been found in Enceladus’ subterranean ocean, which bolsters the idea that the icy moon could host extraterrestrial microbes. Despite Enceladus’ frigid exterior, this ocean is thought to be extremely warm at the bottom—roughly 194 degrees Fahrenheit (90 degrees Celsius). So if you’re an astrobiologist or tinfoil hat believer like me, this is very exciting because, well, aliens. Obviously. Read More >>

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TRAPPIST-1 Has Some Serious New Competition For Best Place to Find Aliens

It seems like every week, there’s a new contender for Coolest Planet Where There Are Definitely Aliens. For those of us who want to believe, this is an emotionally exhausting cycle, as we’re built up and let down time and again. At the risk of fucking with our fragile hearts even more, it’s worth mentioning that a recently discovered exoplanet 39 lightyears from Earth might actually give the current favourites — Proxima b and the TRAPPIST-1 system — a run for their money. Read More >>

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Small Satellites Could Be Playing a Dangerous Game of Bumper Cars in Space

Space is full of all sorts of junk that can cause problems, including some of the stuff we send up there with good intentions. Take CubeSats. These nanosatellites, which weigh less than three pounds, were first sent into space in December 2006, and have become increasingly popular in the years since as a cost-effective option for telecommunications companies looking to spread wifi and brand recognition. The thing is, there are so many of them now that experts are concerned about them bashing into each other—or worse. Read More >>

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Watch a Rocket Launch in Glorious 360 Degrees for the First Time Ever

Watching a rocket launch is the most wholesome and exciting activity besides going on a rollercoaster or eating large quantities of cheese. Today, at around 16:11 am BST, NASA, in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will take things to the next level—the agency will be broadcasting the first-ever 360 degree live stream of a rocket launch. Read More >>

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Ten Horrifying Deep Sea Creatures, Ranked

The depths of the ocean are festooned with the most nightmarish creatures imaginable. You might think you’re safe, because these critters live thousands of feet down in a cold dark abyss, but the vampire squid, which looks like a nightmare umbrella, and the frilled shark—a literal living fossil—will live on in the recesses of your mind long after you’ve clicked away. Enjoy these deep sea horrors and try to have a relaxing day afterward. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Wants Fully Reusable Rockets – But That Won’t Be So Easy

On March 30th, SpaceX made history when it became the first to launch and land a refurbished rocket into orbital space. Seriously, it was fucking awesome. But Elon Musk and co. aren’t stopping there. According to Musk’s Twitter, SpaceX aims to launch a reused upper stage by late next next year in order “to get to 100%” reusability. That’s right: Musk doesn’t just want to reuse the first stage booster, which is estimated to cut down launch costs by up to 30 percent. He wants to reuse the whole damn rocket. Read More >>

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Why Is Saturn Making So Much Pasta?

Saturn is having a moment. Yesterday, NASA announced that one of its moons, Enceladus, has the key ingredients to support microbial life. Around the same time, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft dropped some jaw-dropping images of another one of Saturn’s quirky moons, and while this one may not have a subterranean ocean, it sure is an adorable little pasta. Read More >>

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Newly-Discovered Chill Dad Shrimp Gets Best Name Ever

It’s a rare treat when we get to read some wholesome news about shrimp — living ones that aren’t being carefully placed around a cocktail glass. It’s even better when that news involves a feisty little shrimp getting a badass name from some cool science dudes. Read More >>

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Jeff Bezos Declares No Shitting in His Sexy Spacecraft

Jeff Bezos has many hobbies: he enjoys doing an Amazon, reading a Washington Post, and occasionally, dabbling in a space thing at Blue Origin. Lately, he’s been all about the latter, focusing much of his attention on one-upping Elon Musk promoting his aerospace company’s space tourism vehicle, New Shepard, which will carry tourists into suborbital space as early as 2018. While the capsule looks great, Bezos has implemented some stern ground rules for his passengers’ bodily functions to keep it that way. Read More >>

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NASA to Aliens: ‘Please Take Care of This Planet, As We Have Failed’

Earth has been the Airbnb for some questionable guests over the years, but none have been more deplorable than humans. Our bad habits are screwing up the planet big time, causing arctic glaciers to melt and sea levels to rise eight inches over the last century alone. At this point, getting adopted by some alien overlords might not be such a bad idea—even NASA seems to be on board. Read More >>

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Most Relatable Spacecraft in the Solar System Is Taking a Nap

Naps are empirically great. Sadly, our gig economy world frowns upon R&R; as an adult, it’s not socially acceptable to curl up and take a nap at work, no matter how tired or hungover or burdened with ennui you are. Instead, we reward children, who do little besides breathe and create turmoil, with the gift of “nap time.” Thankfully, a hard-working someone — or, rather something — out there is finally getting a well-deserved snooze. Read More >>