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SpaceX Moon

Elon Musk told reporters at a press conference today that SpaceX will be sending two paying passengers around the Moon next year. The unnamed persons reportedly paid a 'significant deposit' for the trip, which will be conducted using SpaceX's existing launch vehicles and spacecraft. "This is a really thing that's happened. We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon...[and these passengers] are very serious about it. We plan to do that probably Dragon 2 spacecraft with the Falcon Heavy rocket," said Musk. When all is said and done, the trip will last approximately 1-week, as it will take mostly the same course as you're familiar with from Apollo 13: out to the Moon, slingshot around, and return. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video that takes you inside WETA's Ghost in the Shell studio.

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Valhalla Benz Sprinter 170EXT

Outside Vans' 4x4 170EXT 3500 looks like a normal Mercedes-Benz Sprinter at first, but step inside? You'll see it's a tiny home on wheels. You'll find a solar power system, LED light bar, roof rack and an awning on the exterior. Slide open the door, and you're greeted with a sofa, three-panel bed, 12V refrigerators, a full audio system, drop-down display, and a fully enclosed shower. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mercedes-Benz Private Jet

Mercedes-Benz is known for their luxury automobiles and supercars, but now, they teamed up with Lufthansa Technik - the aviation engineer group of parent Lufthansa - to create a luxurious private jet. Simply put, the design seamlessly blends the boundaries between ceiling, wall, and floor using a "spiral layout," which melds the three design elements into a continuous, flowing feature. The interior uses "black panels" that float in front of the window to evoke the screen-design of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, while "Magic Sky Technology" turns the "black panels" from dark to transparent in an instant. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mike Tyson F50

Mike Tyson had quite the stable of supercars during his heyday as a professional boxer, and it included this Ferrari F50. This particular model only has 5,694 miles on the odometer, with the exterior, interior, as well a engine bay described as in "immaculate condition." Kevin Uy for RM Sotheby's captured these stunning images before it officially heads to auction, where it's expected to fetch $2.3-million. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Mercedes-AMG Marauder Boat

For those who already have a Mercdes-AMG GT R, this sleek marauder boat is the perfect addition. It's powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1550/1350 QC4v (Quad Cam 4 Valve) engines and M8 stern drives, which let the pilot switch between 3,100-horsepower and 2,700-horsepower output simply by swapping key fobs. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Quintessentially One

Quintessentially One is essentially a 220-meter superyacht being built at a cost of $264-million. When complete, it will be 40 meters longer than Azzam, the world's largest private yacht, owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Amenities will include a spa, beach club, shopping mall, library and even a hotel. One caveat: membership is by invitation only. "This is a wonderful way to cater and meet the demands of Quintessentially's global members when they all descend on the same high-profile events which currently don't have enough supply. It will be the world's largest floating private membership club. Where the traditional cruise model is to go somewhere, dock and get off, we will dock and people will want to get on," said Aaron Simpson, co-founder of Quintessentially. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Flying Huntsman 6x6

Project Kahn's matte black Flying Huntsman 6x6 Defender 110 Double Cab Pickup is not some show car, but rather a 6-wheeled beast that is powered by an ample automatic diesel engine that produces122 brake-horsepower. The original vehicle only had 50-miles on the odometer, before getting a complete overhaul, complete with X-Lander front grille, 1945 Retro alloy wheels, a 400 millimeter modified chassis extension, and of course, a fully custom interior. One caveat: it will set you back a hefty $225,670. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of inventor Colin Furze making a huge fire tornado.

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Ultimate Bachelor's Pad

Photo credit: Tim Van de Velde

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects unveils Residence VDB, a waterside mansion that could be considered the ultimate bachelor's pad. In addition to the outdoor pool, pool house, massive kitchen, luxurious living room area, and private rooftop terrace, there's an underground man cave. It comes complete with a private showroom garage, wine cellar, cigar bar, DJ booth, lounge area and a full entertainment center. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Chiron How It's Made

If you order a Bugatti Chiron now, and manage to get a build number, you'll have to wait approximately 9-months before it's delivered. Why? For starters, there are endless options, including 23 different topcoat colors, 31 leather combinations, 8 carbon variants, 8 Alcantara seat shades, 30 stitching options, 18 carpets, 11 belt colors, and lots more. Once all that is decided, your hypercar will get built at 'Atelier' in Molsheim, Alsace, France. This is the facility where 20 employees hand assemble the vehicle from more than 1,800 individual parts. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view a few bonus images.

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Taboo Superyacht

Always wanted to traverse the oceans like a Bond villain? Meet Taboo. This 90-meter Ice-Class Explorer Yacht by Gill Schmid Design comes equipped with a seaplane, helicopter, hot air balloon, submarine and even a supercar, making it perfect for side trips. For those who'd rather stay on the vessel, enjoy time in its nightclub, aquariums, indoor pool, banquet hall, and of course, a large casino. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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