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Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Star Trek fan's $500,000 memorabilia collection.

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We know Mars as a terrestrial planet consisting of minerals containing silicon and oxygen, metals, and other elements that typically make up rock. The surface of Mars is primarily composed of tholeiitic basalt, although parts are more silica-rich than typical basalt and may be similar to andesitic rocks on Earth or silica glass. NASA has just released a video showing what a young Mars could have looked like billions of years ago with flowing water on its surface. Continue reading to watch.

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Researchers have just discovered an alien planet that might be able to harbour life, located just 16 light years away. Named Gliese 832c, it's a 'super-Earth' at least five times as large as our planet. They believe it has Earth-like temperatures, albeit with large seasonal shifts. Astronomers from around the world claim that the exoplanet is in the star Gliese 832's 'habitable zone,' the perfect range distances that could allow liquid water to exist on a world's surface. Continue reading for a picture showing how big it is compared to Earth and for more information.

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What you're looking at is the first image of Earth photographed from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. This photograph was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day on March 8, 2004. It's a "mosaic of images taken by the rover's navigation camera showing a broad view of the sky, and an image taken by the rover's panoramic camera of Earth," according to Twisted Sifter. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a dog taking on a robotic spider.

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NASA's Hubble has captured a stellar explosion 20,000 light years away. The incredible time-lapse animation you're about to see spans four years and documents a massive explosion from V838 Monocerotis, a red star located in the constellation Monoceros. Right up to the explosion, V838 had grown to become one of the largest stars ever observed by astronomers, producing 600,000 times more light than our own sun. Continue reading for the clip and more information.

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NASA researcher Dr. Harold White says interstellar travel will become possible using an Alcubierre drive, named after a Mexican theoretical physicist of the same name, that bends space-time, enabling humans to cover large distances almost instantly. This, in essence, would allow a spaceship to travel almost anywhere in a tiny fraction of the time it would take a conventional spacecraft. Continue reading for more information.

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While it was one of the most watched moments in television history, with more than half billion viewers, Neil Armstrong's historic first steps on the Moon July 20, 1969 were accidentally taped over. That's right, NASA admits that it erased its only high resolution images of the first moonwalk to make room for electronic data from a satellite. Officials from the agency have concluded that the data that could have produced high resolution images of those already seen was in fact inadvertently erased. Continue reading for more.

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NASA has just uploaded an amazing photo series titled "Cosmos: NASA Images of a Space-Time Odyssey" to celebrate the relaunch of the Cosmos television series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Here are some of the most mind-boggling pictures from the set. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Morgan Freeman on helium.

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NASA has just released a strange video showing a square 'hole' appearing on the solar surface. It's clearly visible as the sun rotates and appears to flicker as well as spark as it rotates past the camera. Here's what NASA has to say: "Inside the coronal hole you can see bright loops where the hot plasma outlines little pieces of the solar magnetic field sticking above the surface." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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To commemorate Earth Day, here are some mind-boggling photos taken from space by NASA and the internet famous Command Hadfield that show just how beautiful this planet really is. Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Continue reading for more.

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