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Saturn Moon Titan

On Jan. 14, 2005, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, after a seven-year journey through the Solar System on board the Cassini spacecraft. The probe was designed to gather data for a few hours in the atmosphere, and possibly a short time at the surface. It continued to send data for about 90 minutes after touchdown. It remains the most distant landing of any human-made craft. At the landing site there were indications of pebbles of water ice scattered over an orange surface, the majority of which is covered by a thin haze of methane. Early aerial imaging of Titan from Huygens was consistent with the presence of large bodies of liquid on the surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a homemade machine that sorts candy by color.

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Saturn Rings

Photo credit: via Peta Pixel

Saturn's rings are the most extensive planetary ring system of any planet in the Solar System. They consist of countless small particles, ranging in size from micrometres to metres, that orbit about the planet. The ring particles are made almost entirely of water ice, with a trace component of rocky material. There is still no consensus as to their mechanism of formation; some features of the rings suggest a relatively recent origin, but theoretical models indicate they are likely to have formed early in the Solar System's history. Today, NASA has released the most detailed pictures yet of the rings of Saturn. Continue reading to see more.

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Boeing Starliner Spacesuit

Set for liftoff in 2018, the CST-100 spacecraft will be headed to the ISS with astronauts wearing a lighter, more versatile Boeing Starliner Spacesuit, which weigh in at just 12-pounds. That's right, they are 40% lighter than its predecessor, and don't require an external cooling system to boot. The gloves will also features touch-screen compatibility, but unfortunately, the suits aren't designed to go outside the cockpit, as it is more of a precautionary measure against sudden cabin depressurization. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus space facts, illustrations and images.

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Jaguar Persona

Nobody really knows what the future may hold, or at least in the automotive world, but Jaguar wants to take a stab at it with "Persona". It's powered by NASA-designed motors, which include self-recharging battery cores, that have been embedded into an aerodynamically-designed exterior. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Andromeda Galaxy Sky

Photo credit: Sandro Casutt

Ever wonder what the Andromeda Galaxy would look like in our night sky, without having to wait 4.5-billion-years for it to collide with the Milky Way? Photographer Sandro Casutt who lives in a remote Swiss village shows us with these amazing images. These are essentially two photos stitched together of Andromedia and the Zervreila Mountain Lagoon region in Switzerland. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Cilian Murphy's screen test for Batman Begins.

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Earth Second Moon


After spending nearly a 100-years in Earth's orbit, NASA has recognized a tiny asteroid - known as "asteroid 2016 HO3" - circling our planet as the new "mini moon." This object measures 120-feet to 300-feet in diameter, and slowly circles the sun as well as the Earth. "The asteroid's loops around Earth drift a little ahead or behind from year to year, but when they drift too far forward or backward, Earth's gravity is just strong enough to reverse the drift and hold onto the asteroid so that it never wanders farther away than about 100 times the distance of the moon. The same effect also prevents the asteroid from approaching much closer than about 38 times the distance of the moon. In effect, this small asteroid is caught in a little dance with Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 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 the first Amazon Prime Air drone delivery.

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NASA EmDrive Impossible Engine

NASA's EmDrive prototype leaked in a report by the US space agency. Utilizing a resonant cavity thruster, the EmDrive can move through space without expelling matter to push against, as it's powered by particles of light and microwaves that ricochet inside a sealed cone-shaped chamber. This movement of the particles, along with the waves produced, generate thrust, driving the engine forward. The technology could move an object through space at far greater speeds than laser or solar powered crafts currently under development, all the while confusing physicists since it's seemingly able to propel itself forward without using any fuel. 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 a mind-blowing animated "Majora's Mask" fan film.

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UFOs Leaving Moon

Mister Enigma on YouTube recently shared a video by Gerril Vigil that purportedly shows a swarm of UFOs leaving the moon. "The clip is truly remarkable as you can see the objects coming from the bottom left. It looks as though there could be hundreds of them, but the jury is still out on whether this is some kind of optical illusion," said Enigma. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone swishing a basketball from the top of a dam.

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Far Side Moon Sounds

NASA's Apollo 10 astronauts orbited the moon in 1969 as a test-run for the Apollo 11 moon landing two months later. While they flew around the far side of the moon, consequently putting them out of radio contact with Earth for roughly an hour, they heard some bizarre sounds that puzzled them. The entire conversation was initially kept under wraps by NASA and only released from their archives in 2008, but the actual recording of the sounds were classified, until now. Continue reading for part 2 of the video series. Click here for bonus images from the Apollo moon missions.

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Earth from Apollo 12

Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon (an H type mission), launched November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms. They carried the first color television camera to the lunar surface on an Apollo flight, but transmission was lost after Bean accidentally destroyed the camera by pointing it at the Sun. On one of two moonwalks, they visited the Surveyor and removed some parts for return to Earth. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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